The oval-shaped bud which tops the 928m tall ‘The Tower’, located amidst the Dubai Creek Harbour Development, will house ten observation decks, including ‘The Pinnacle Room’, which offers 360 degree views of the city and beyond.
The bud serves as a beacon of light at night, with lighting system which evokes features of a flower bud, as it hovers atop the structure, revealed Aurecon, an Australian company working on the project, in its statement, announcing its collaboration with Santiago Calatrava, the Architect of the new Dubai iconic tower.
The Tower has the most ‘breath-taking’ design, with the net of cable which extends from the tower to the ground reflecting the delicate ribbing of lily leaves, the Australian company described.
Developed by Emaar Properties, The Tower currently focuses on energy efficiency and sustainability, with a cooling system aimed at mitigating the hot climate of the region.
The water collected from this system will clean the façade of the structure. With elegant landscaping and vegetation in and around the tower, it promotes solar protection. There is an integrating shading system and wing doors to contribute their energy efficiency, said the statement from Aurecon.
The various decks in the project include two VIP observation garden decks, which recreate splendour of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The building will also include several balconies which rotate outside the façade of the tower, a boutique hotel, and several event spaces. The ground level will house the central plaza, which serves as the neighbourhood centre, and includes a museum, retail stores, educational facilities and an indoor auditorium.
Aurecon will work as the Engineer / Architect-of-record with Calatrava to collaborate on a range of design and technical features for the project. Aurecon is a building consultancy formed in 2009, following a merger between the Australian Engineers Connel Wagner, with South African practices Africon and Ninham Shand. The company currently also works on several major GCC projects.
The Emaar Chairman, Mohammed Alabbar, said the work will commence on the project next month, with the tower being 100m taller than the 828m Burj Khalifa.
Officially unveiled in April 2016, ‘The Tower’ is expected to have swinging platforms and open elevators, so that people can get into the platform, which will then take them to the viewing deck.
The Tower is due to open in mid-2020 to celebrate the start of Expo 2020 in Dubai.