The distinctive building was voted the “Best Futuristic Design” by The Building Exchange (BEX) Conference held in Spain. The shape of this building is achieved through the use of structural diagrid, a diagonal grid of steel.
For the architect Marwan Zgheib, the power of the monument is in its simplicity. His enthusiasm for the project led to a clear goal: to create a simple object, bold and powerful presence that was able to compete with the iconic architecture of the United Arab Emirates and create a sense of belonging and identity of the area.
The Sphere, the 2-dimentional circle, is hailed by Boullée as the ideal and perfect form since no trick of perspective can alter its appearance.
The introduction of a diagonal grid of steel as structural diagrid is the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates and largely eliminates the need for internal columns to support the building. As the result: an uninterrupted view of the Abu Dhabi coastline through fully glazed façade.
The project also adopts a subterranean vacuum waste collection system which transfers the waste directly to a local waste transfer station for recycling and compacting, eliminating the need for refuse collection vehicles. This system is the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi.
The structures, which are not listed in any particular order, were selected from dozens around the world by experts from the building-data firm Emporis. The jury considered innovative design, visual impact and function in making its choices.