Central Market, Abu Dhabi is a new multipurpose
development comprising of a new souk, retail podium, residential, hospitality
and commercial properties.
Sun dappled alleyways and sun drenched courtyards
form part Foster + Partners vision for the souk, at the centre of the
courtyards are shafts descending into the basement car park levels,
allowing further penetration of daylight into the lower levels.
As part of our design work we created a simplified
three dimensional computational model of the souk interior allowing
the penetration of direct sunlight within the space to be studied. Into
the model were placed simple massing models of all the surrounding buildings
so the effect that their shading would have on the souk’s interior
could also be analysed.
The results obtained from the study allowed us
to advise the architect how the surrounding developments would impact
on the availability of direct sunlight within the souk’s alleys,
courtyards and basement shafts, these results also helped to inform
our development of the artificial lighting design suggesting methods
in which the effect of sunlight could be simulated during the hours
in which direct sunlight is not experienced.