HOBERMAN - Transformable design
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi's historic Central Market is being transformed into a dynamic new quarter with markets, shops, offices, apartments and hotels. One of the oldest sites in the city, Central Market is a reinterpretation of the traditional market place and a new civic heart for Abu Dhabi. The project comprises a combination of lower-rise, ecologically sensitive levels of retail, roof gardens - forming a new public park - and three towers.

Using the Hoberman venture Adaptive Building Initiative's adaptive shading system, Permea™ , Hoberman Associates developed several exterior shading roofs for three public squares within the retail complex.

The kinetic design works off of an operable grid. In its covered configuration, the shading roof appears similar to a traditional coffered Islamic roof. When retracted, the roof becomes a slender lattice that complements the designs by the Foster + Partners team for fixed shading.

Roof system construction and testing for the first public square completed in Spring 2010 and opened to the public in Fall 2010. Additional public squares are currently under construction.