Principles of geometric composition drawn from traditional Islamic architecture were applied in creating the towers' shape.
The towers feature a dynamic, translucent facade that opens and closes in response to the sun's movement, reducing solar gain on the facade by up to 50%.
The facade is inspired by "mashrabiya", a form of wooden lattice screen used in Islamic architecture as a means of retaining privacy while simultaneously reducing glare and solar gain.
Translucent, umbrella-like components make up the facade; there are 2,000 of these "mashrabiya" components on each tower.
The dynamic facade solution removes the need for heavily-tinted glass, thus reducing use of artificial lighting and internal blinds, improving the incidence of daylight and giving occupants better views.
The Building Management System controls the facade, creating an intelligent facade system.
Sky gardens in the most heavily exposed southern elevation further reduce solar gain and provide users with amenity space.
The crown of the towers, however, is cut at an angle to maximize solar gain for the photovoltaics on the roof.
Energy gained from the solar panels is used for heating the complex' hot water.
Overall, the two towers, including ground floor and podium, provide 70,000 square meters of accommodation.
The towers are home to the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC).