Central Market /global/scaled/3889x2348x0x0x760x-1/Other-SecuristyleCOM-Case Studies-Asia-Central Market-Outside Building.jpg Brief To transform Abu Dhabi's historic 'Old Souk' into a modern new quarter. The Central Market will be a modern adaptation of the traditional market place and a new civic heart for Abu Dhabi. Details In March 2005, the Central Souk was demolished to make way for the regeneration project comprising of markets, shops, offices, apartments and hotels. The project will avoid the generic feel of the universal shopping mall by uniting global aspirations with Arabian culture. The development consisted of a combination of lower-rise ecologically sensitive levels of retail, roof gardens and three towers, with generous underground parking. It is hoped that this design will unite high end retail and luxury goods with individual courtyards and alleys, together with food markets and craft-based trades specific to the region. The Securistyle Parallel system has proved popular with architects as it allows them to create modern buildings with vast facades without compromising on design. The reflective glass facade of the Central Market building remains intact when a window is opened, thanks to the use of the Parallel hinge system, maximum natural ventilation is achieved without disrupting the elegant lines of the construction by opening a window. As with the other commercial hinges developed by Securistyle, the Parallel hinge is manufactured from high grade 304 austenitic stainless steel. The specifically selected high-grade material provides increased strength and guaranteed long-term resistance to corrosion, fully supported by a 12 year guarantee.