It’s been a while since we first revealed the plans in Dubai for a series of megatall buildings including what at the time was labeled the AC Towers.
Since then the design has solidified along with the details about the project with it now being called One Dubai and having a height set at 850 metres, about the same as the Burj Dubai, with 201 storeys. It will be the central landmark of the planned Jumeria Gardens, yet another massive skyline to compete with the likes of Dubai Marina.
Revealed at the Cityscape Exhibition, it comes from the pens of Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill who designed the Burj Dubai for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and have since practically monopolised the design of skyscrapers of this scale.
This time they have gone for three interconnected zoomorphically styled towers rather than a single stepped back building that will contain approximately 1.2 million square metres of space making it one of the world’s largest building in terms of internal floor area although Moscow’s Crystal Island plans are significantly larger at 2.67 million square metres.
Each of the three strands of the building will sit on three separate pieces of land to form the feet of an arch straddling a central body of water. Above this the three main bodies will taper as they rise each reaching a different height with all three sections connected by three skybridges and the taller two joined by an upper one.
In this case the phrase skybridge is perhaps apt as they will be areas that are hung between the sections in a similar manner to that of a suspension bridge allowing the creation of substantial outside areas.
Decorating the heavily reflective facades will be Islamic style patterning on the glass cladding, small enough to fade into a general texture from a distance but noticeable to those up close.
Along with the Nakheel Habour & Tower it shows that the Burj Dubai is not a one off and other developers are seeking to build towers of a similar size much as American developers raced in the 1920s and 1930s to build the tallest in New York.
Throughout this week we’ll look at the other towers of a similar class that are also being launched in Dubai right now – the 700 metre tall Anara, 600 metre tall One Park Avenue and 550 metre tall Meraas Tower.
It may sound a cliché to suggest it but Dubai could be in serious danger of making the science fiction of Star Wars Coruscant planet science fact.