Location: Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Project: Giancarlo Zema Design Group
Consultants: Sarti Engineering
The Chinese giant EHang (NASDAQ: EH) world leader in autonomous air vehicles (“AAV”), does not stop its incredible rise, relaunching and revolutionizing once again the issue of service infrastructures. Hamamelis is the innovative solar-powered vertiport from which the EHang electric drone-taxis depart, as the “seeds” of a new, autonomous and eco-sustainable way of getting around. Designed by the famous Italian architecture firm Giancarlo Zema Design Group (GZDG), it is inspired by the tapered fruit of the Hamamelis, a plant of Chinese origin capable of launching its seeds remotely to perpetuate the species. An eco-sustainable project with organic and emotional shapes with large photovoltaic surfaces, multi-function, contains within itself a series of common areas, reception, cafeteria, restaurant, commercial and exhibition spaces, surrounded by green outdoor areas, embellished with Smart urban furniture by Luminexence. The 80 m diameter steel and glass structure with a recycled aluminum panel cover opens upwards, protecting from the wind and soundproofing the landing platform for electric aircraft towards the outside. The floor, with wireless charging, is made up of special latest generation non-slip photovoltaic panels, produced by the English company Solapave, capable of generating over 1.5 MW per day, which integrate inside LED plates for lighting and nocturnal signage. EHang’s Hamamelis Vertiport, ideal both on water and on land, will be built in the United Arab Emirates, China and the United States, constituting a truly revolutionary infrastructural response to the growing Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market.