Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Supertowers with unique concepts to adorn Dubai skyline

Dubai's skyline is all set to be re-defined with numerous supertowers which comprise more than 100 storey and are more than 600 meters in height, which totals up to an estimated value of more than $7bn (Dh.25bn).

The projects, that are likely to be announced towards end of this year, will form a part of master-planned development, which will increase the Dubai's standards of urban development and masterplanning.

The projects titled as AC Towers, EP Site 07, 09 and 15, are designed by Adrian smith and Gordon Gill, and have been approved by the Dubai Government. The projects will be complete in five years time.

The Lead Architect, Smith also owns the credit of designing the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest tower.

"Dubai has already become host to maximum number of supertowers in the world. We plan to add a few more to the city's growing skyline. Among the 13 supertowers being designed by us, five will be located in the UAE and one in Qatar," Smith said.

These towers will stand out among all the other towers currently being developed in Dubai, due to their eco-friendliness, sustainability, energy efficiency and intelligent building systems.

According to new technology being employed by Smith, the buildings will draw air from the top floors that are 10 degree cooler and will spray them to lower levels where the temperature is higher. This unique technique has never been employed in any other supertowers in the world till date.

The new buildings have been so designed that they save energy by 40 to 60 percent and get zero level in energy consumption.

AC Towers:
AC Towers Dubai
AC is a cluster of three supertowers rising above 100 storeys and are connected at the base with an atrium, and skybridges. Being a mixed use project, it spreads over an area of 800,000 to 900,000 square meters and comprises residential, commercial, hotel, and entertainment space, with a capacity to accommodate upto 6000 people. A canal and waterway that pass through the AC Towers will create open space for educational and theatrical activities.

EP 07 Tower

EP 07 Tower
As for the EP projects, EP 07 will be as high as 125 storeys and will be a true reflection of the pearl trading and farming heritage of Dubai. This mixed-use project will be nearly 600 meters in height and cover a built-up area of 350,000 square meters. EP 07 will be covered by ribbons of steel that help in utilizing the solar energy and making it sustainable. Also, the buildings are so designed that they withstand the wind pressure, managing it in a more effective manner.

EP 09 Tower

The curved structures of the EP 09 tower hosts two buildings each and includes six towers with 30 to 40 floors, spreading across a built-up area of 450,000 square meters. The mixed-use community will have one purely residential community and the other two which include retail, commercial, hospitality and entertainment amenities. All these are connected at the base, but separated above by a distance spanning 175 meters. The smart energy-efficient buildings will open up to landscaped roof, garden and podium. The energy save by one tower could be passed on the other, and hence the buildings complement the use of energy. This concept too, is unique to Dubai and is being implemented for the first time ever.

EP 15 Tower

EP 15 Tower
The EP 15 tower blends together simple geometric principles with new, upcoming technologies to create a modern, soaring tower of light. The tower has a series of faceted surfaces which increase light and air travelling through the building and maximizes energy generation in building systems.

The tower filters light and wind and the prism shape helps in withstanding high wind pressures, minimizing risks. The six holes in the building helps wind pass through the building, with 25 percent less cost.

With a built-up area of more than 300,000 square meters, the tower will increase to more than 101 floors in height. It will be a mixed-use project featuring commercial and retail spaces and hotel and convention facilities.

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