This new residential lifestyle shows how sustainability and state-of-the-art living can be interlinked. Efficient energy usage is supported by smart construction and modern technology. Residents can satisfy all their everyday needs and leisure requirements within their own housing complex. Cars are not needed to get to other locations. The idea of smart living in one place is further proof positive that we are facing a new era of profitable housing concepts that is beneficial to nature and residents alike.

 

Residential houses and recreational space of 38,000 m2

We are referring here to Rihan Heights in Abu Dhabi. The whole area of residential houses and recreational space occupies 38,000 m2 of prime land on the north eastern corner of Arzanah, which is located at the gateway to Abu Dhabi Island and, as the grand mosque district, boasts 1.4 million m2 of mixed-use development encompassing residential, commercial, sports, and leisure components. Conceptualized by international award-winning architects SMC Alsop, Rihan Heights comprises 868 apartments that range from single-bedroom units to penthouses spread over five luxurious residential towers and 14 premium villas that line its perimeter.

 

Horizontal fixed brise soleils reduce heat

Magnificent sky gardens adorn each podium, while exclusive, private enclaves are dotted throughout the property. Designed as practical living spaces, each tower is built to maximize the views of the adjacent gardens, the waterfront and the Zayed Grand Mosque. Taking into account the city’s soaring temperatures of up to 44°C, each tower is wrapped with horizontal fixed brise soleils which serve to shade and define the façade as well as reduce heat.

 

What are the recreational features?

Beyond the carefully landscaped courtyards, elegant sky gardens and contemporary architecture of each tower, Rihan Heights’residents enjoy the full benefits of its recreational features. Three outdoor swimming pools offer respite from the hot desert temperatures. Sports and leisure needs are met by a fully equipped gym, barbeque pits, children’s playgrounds and a multipurpose room that can be booked exclusively.

 

Part of the Arzanah masterplan

This luxury residential development forms part of the Arzanah masterplan, transforming a culturally significant area of Abu Dhabi into a fully sustainable, 21st century mixed-use community. It integrates existing landmark structures with new uses and the vision for a world-class public zone and landscape.

 

Liquid applied membrane for complex geometry

Working in the UAE presents unique challenges in terms of the use of natural resources and maneuvering within the existing conditions and framework. Sika UAE’s project remit was to provide a waterproofing system for the Rihan Heights clubhouse that could be overclad with stone. Given the very complex geometry, a liquid applied membrane was the best solution.

 

On-site support throughout construction

Concrete Primer was used initially to prepare the surface prior to application of Sikalastic® MTC 18 liquid applied membrane. This was then reinforced with Flexitape Heavy 150 mm and Flexistrip to provide additional tensile strength. Specified in white, the system was chosen because of the many other successfully completed projects in the local area. Sika’s comprehensive technical support team was also available to provide on-site support throughout the project.

 

A new mode of community living

The clubhouse has an origami concept design. It also houses a selection of retailers which residents can patronize, including a supermarket, a laundry, a beauty lounge, a pharmacy and a coffee shop. This new mode of community living sounds quite attractive, doesn’t it?