The 235m tall Rolex Tower in Dubai, has been named "Overall Project of the Year", during the Middle East Architect Awards 2011.
Designed by SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), the Rolex Tower is owned and managed by Seddiqi and Sons Investment, the real estate arm of the leading UAE timepiece retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.
The Rolex Tower is the result of a 50-year partnership between Rolex and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, a spectacular glass-fronted symbol of timeless elegance, precision and quality.
The 62-storey mixed-use Rolex Tower in Dubai is one of the next-generation high rises located along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The tower has a total structural height of 235m, with residential and office facades, and was unveiled on 7th November 2010.
Among the major features of the building are light wells and slots in the facade, panoramic penthouses located along the roof floors, and high performance fritted glazing on the tower facades.
The Consulting Partner at SOM, George Efstathiou, who received the award, said that this award is indicative of the quality design work that comes from SOM. Dubai has been the second home for SOM over the past eight years. Rolex is synonymous with timelessness, and the Rolex Tower is a timeless building.
The judges hailed the tower as an excellent elegant addition to the Sheikh Zahed Road skyline in Dubai, amongst several other flamboyant towers.
SOM was awarded in the same category last year for its Burj Khalifa project. Among the other projects that were shortlisted for this category were Al Manara Project by TNQ Architects & Engineers, Al Shaqab in Qatar by Leigh & Orange Qatar, and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi.
SOM’s Efstathiou also won the prize for ‘Architect of the Year 2011’.