Design in every detail


Every nook and cranny of Masdar City was designed with sustainability in mind.

Take this spiral staircase as an example. On the surface, it’s just a staircase, albeit a very pretty one, but designers were out for far more than looks.

Not only do spiral stairways require fewer materials and less floor space than standard staircases, but featuring the stairs in a prominent and design-heavy fashion is also another sneaky way architects cut back on the city’s energy use. With walking encouraged in Masdar City, stairs are always prominently featured, while elevators are hidden – the reverse of conventional buildings, where stairs are often hard to find.

Mary Mazzoni

Based in Philadelphia, Mary Mazzoni is the senior editor of TriplePundit. She is also a freelance journalist with a passion for storytelling and sustainability. Her work has appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News, Earth911, the Huffington Post, Sustainable Brands and the Daily Meal.

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian with an interest in climate resilience, clean tech and social justice. You can contact her at