Hoberman Associates Inc.

Hoberman Associates is a multidisciplinary practice that specializes in transformable design — the development of products, structures, and environments that change their size and shape.

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Aldar Central Market

Aldar Central Market

LOCATION: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2011)
CLIENT: Foster + Partners

In collaboration with the design team at Foster + Partners, Hoberman designed exterior shading roofs for Aldar Central Market, the main retail complex within a broader architectural project of three towers, retail space, and a public park. 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 bordering designs for fixed shading.