PORSCHE TOWERS, UAE, DUBAI, 2006
|Office and residential tower at the waterfront of Dubai s Business Bay|
By OMA © All rights reserved
In the heart of Dubai's Business Bay at the waterfront, the project
is comprised of a 85,000sqm office tower and a 30,000sqm
residential tower. The office building will also contain retail,
recreational spaces and a parking garage. The residential building
will be situated above a sunken plaza with retail and cafes.
OMA's designs of both towers take the climate conditions in Dubai into account and are designed to allow minimal impact of the sun. The office tower is framed by side wings and an overlap to create its own shadow, thereby protecting the tower from sunlight and reducing the need for air conditioning. The centered external wall is of reflected glass as an additional feature for the Dubai climate. The residential tower adjacent to the office tower will be cylinder-shaped. An interior atrium following the entire height of the tower will provide natural air circulation and additional light. The façade will be made of louvers that create shadow for the interior whilst providing wide views to the outside.
OMA works in partnership with Porsche Design Studio, a 100% subsidiary of the Porsche Design Group. While OMA will be responsible for the design of both buildings, the Studio will have a consulting role for the outside architecture and will be in charge of designing public areas such as the lobby, restaurants and passenger lifts. Upon residents' request, apartments may be equipped with furniture, lighting units and kitchens by Porsche Design.
Porsche Design Towers l and ll
Dubai Properties Ltd
The waterfront of Business Bay District
The site consists of two parcels of 12400 m2 in total. Office tower (Porsche I) gross floor area: 85,000 m2. Residential tower (Porsche II) gross floor area: 36,000 m2
Rem Koolhaas, Fernando Donis
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