Omrania, a leading Saudi architectural and engineering consultancy practice, has won the 'Best Tall Building Facade Engineering' excellence award for the PIF Tower (formerly known as CMA Tower) from The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
Together with HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, Omrania designed the 80-storey commercial building as the architectural anchor of the King Abdullah Financial District and a model of high-performance facade engineering.
The award from CTBUH, an international body in the field of tall buildings and sustainable design, recognises a decade of innovation and hard work from proposal to completion, said a statement from Omrania. 
Optimised for thermal control, natural light, energy performance, dazzling views, and efficient maintenance, the building’s facade and enclosure system moderates the intense light and heat of the Saudi climate, said the statement. 
An external layer of fins, gantries, and perforated panels provides shade, amplifying the thermal efficiency of the triple-pane unitized glazing, stated Omrania. 
Together, these shading devices minimise solar gain and internal cooling loads, reducing HVAC requirements. The tower’s prismatic geometry captures and deflects the sun from a variety of angles, it added.-TradeArabia News Service