Dubai Opera – Burj Khalifa Complex

UAE

Project name

Dubai Opera (Utility house) – Burj Khalifa Complex, UAE

System

Urbanscape® Semi-Intensive Green Roof and Landscaping System

Products used

  • Urbanscape® Green Roll
  • Urbanscape® Green Flocks

Technical details

Green Roof System Urbanscape® Low-weight Green Roof for Arid areas
Surface 3.000 m2
Structure Concrete
Type of roof Concrete
Waterproofing TPO
Inclination 2-5 %
Height of building up to 10 m
Type of irrigation drippers

Challenge

This Utility House has been facing a challenge of weight restrains as originally it was not planned to include Green Roof which will serve also as a venue place. The traditional green roofs installed in Dubai are always extremely heavy as they use between 30 – 50 cm of local sweet soil which brings the weight up to 750 kg / m2.

Solution

With local team we have developed a semi-intensive green roof system which allows better plant growth than traditional green roofs. Utilizing 2 -4 cm thick Urbanscape green roll allowed us to use only up to 10 cm of local soil on top which consequently opened an opportunity to do the installation on this roof and not compromising the structure stability.

Benefits

The provided system has lowered the weight of the green roof to less than 150 kg/m2 but at the same time also reducing the irrigation needs for up to 50%. The entire design has been redesigned to actually become a venue place where people can meet and enjoy the views over the Dubai Music Fountain.

Before installation

After installation