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Tower Competition 297

Dubai, UAE

Competition: 2014

This design concept for the world’s largest

that gradually slope to match the facade.

and improves energy performance while

commercial office tower creates a new center

The self-shading structure provides passive

eliminating the need for exterior shading

of trade and business in Dubai.

solar control and energy efficiency. To

devices and interior blinds.

mitigate wind load challenges, perforated Soaring nearly 2,300 feet high, the iconic

metal “spoilers” or “baffles” along the facade

The plan organizes the tower into four office

building forms an elegant, timeless landmark

redirect the wind and reduce vortex shedding.

zones, each of which functions as a business

on the skyline. Mixed-use elements at the

community with its own lobby and amenities.

base are integrated into the tower assembly to

At the base, the building skin becomes a glass

Elevator cores are arranged around a

create a seamless composition.

drape that provides a dramatic multilevel

central hexagon.

enclosure for the lower floors and lobbies. The The design is conceived as a bundling of three

ground plan's circular geometry provides a

An array of lighting effects highlight the

circular tubes with interconnections recalling

generous amount of public space and multiple

building’s unique architectural features at

the diverse intricacies of an ornamental

entry points.

night, signaling its presence as a beacon and

pattern. Slight inward tapers are applied to

symbol of strength and aspiration.

the building mass near the ground and toward

The observation deck features a two-level sky

the crown, where each tube is revealed

hall with a grand space for viewing the city,

and expressed as a pillar supporting the

sea and desert and for hosting special events.

suspended observation deck. To maximize views, designers clad the

◄ view of sky lobby + observation deck

The tower structure is a dual system

building in floor-to-ceiling glass and reduced

consisting of a central reinforced concrete

the number of exterior columns. Use of

core with mega columns along the exterior

electrochromic glass minimizes glare

2015 design annual

4.6 million sq. ft. / 427,000 sq. m.

2015 HOK Design Annual  

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2015 HOK Design Annual  

This book is dedicated to all of our wonderful clients over the past 60 years. Thank you for sharing your dreams and aspirations and for col...