The Ladybug Takes Shape

The Lady Bug

In March this year Affan Innovative Structures were invited by Al Futaim Carillion to assist in coming up with a proposal to an usual construction problem. Construction works are ongoing at the new Al Jalila Childrens Hospital in Dubai. The centerpiece of the new atrium is a 2 storey high “ladybug”.
In reality “Ladybug” is an unusually designed media center to be used by the children, but created in the shape of a giant ladybug.




Affan Innovative Structures were asked to look at constructing a seamless double curved shell complete with skylights and wing effects. The 3D design was presented and approved in April and the problem of the seamless shell solved by the use of Affan’s advanced engineering and use of structural composite to create a 2 hour fire retardant seamless structure.

The shell construction commenced on Site in May and works are due to complete by the end of July.

Project: Al Jalila Hospital Dubai

Main Contractor: Al Futtaim Carillion

Scope: External Shell to Media Center




Affan goes back to University

Affan Innovative Structures have agreed to work with Tamkeen at the newly completed New York University in Abu Dhabi. The scope of work will see Affan Innovative Structures design, supply and install more than 500m of external glass balustrading, 3m high around the campus of the university . Installation has commenced on site and works are due to complete in August this year.

The University, designed by New York Architect Rafael Vinoly was opened last month by ex president of the United Staetes Bill Clinton having recently been handed over to Tamkeen by Al Futaim Carillion.