Design Infinity builds eco-friendly Khidmah, Provis HQ in Abu Dhabi

Published: 5 November 2019 - 5:13 a.m.

Design Infinity has added to the UAE's growing list of sustainable offices after fitting out the Abu Dhabi HQ of Aldar subsidiaries Provis and Khidmah in Yas Mall.

Khidmah is the facilities management subsidiary of Abu Dhabi real estate giant Aldar, while Provis provides property services such as sales and leasing.

The shared office was inaugurated in September after Design Infinity, which recently opened an office in Sharjah, completed a four-month fit-out.

It is eco-friendly for a number of reasons: it maximises natural light, features waterless urinals, diverted waste away from landfill during construction and even used recycled materials.

Dubai-based Design Infinity was hired to fit-out the 3,400m² office in four months and help it target LEED Platinum certification – or LEED Gold at the very least.

To meet a requirement for 35% natural light, Design Infinity demolished slabs, block walls and a large chunk of the Yas Mall façade.

This made room for large glazed windows to allow light to flood into the office. Various-sized concrete slabs were also removed to create skylight domes above the office, designed by Florence Architects.

The office is located on two floors of Yas Mall and had no natural daylight prior to Design Infinity coming on board to demolish concrete slabs to brighten it up to support collaboration and productivity for the 200 staff.

One of the main design features is a 3D ceiling design in gypsum that features triangular LED lights running across it.

Helping the office meet LEED Platinum certification was vital for Design Infinity in its revamp project.

The company had to look at air purification, creating vibrant and collaborative open spaces and balancing natural and unnatural light.

It also worked to divert construction waste away from landfill so some of it could be recycled.

Materials for the joinery works in the Khidmah-Provis office have also come from recycled materials.

Even the toilets use filtered water that gets reused.

The building adds to the portfolio of green and sustainable offices in Abu Dhabi and demonstrates Design Infinity’s ability to work on ultra-sustainable projects and complete them without compromising on time or cost, the fit-out and design firm told Commercial Interior Design.

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