Carlos Ott

National Bank of Dubai

The headquarters of the National Bank of Dubai is an imagery of the dhow, a regional boat centuries old used in the Indian Ocean, and the establishment of Dubai as a market place. It's curved curtain wall represents the billowing sail, supported by two granite columns. The base of the building, the banking hall, is clad in green glass representing the water and it's roof of aluminum, the hull of the boat. The curved facade gives a reflection of the air and the Dubai Creek, although the most impressive show is at sundown when the unique sunsets allow for shades of gold and silver to shine off the curved mirror.