10 decks, auto façade cleaning, wind doors
The oval-shaped bud atop the 928-metre The Tower, the centrepiece of six-square-kilometre Dubai Creek Harbour development, will house ten observation decks, including The Pinnacle Room that will offer 360-degree views of the city and beyond.
“The bud will serve as a beacon of light at night, with a lighting system that will evoke the features of a flower bud, as it seemingly hovers atop the structure,” Aurecon revealed the information in a statement announcing its collaboration with Santiago Calatrava, the architect of the new Dubai icon.
Termed the most “breathtaking” design feature on The Tower, the Australian company said that the net of cable that extends from the tower to the ground reflects the delicate ribbing of lily leaves.
The project, which is being developed by Emaar Properties, has a strong focus on energy efficiency and sustainability, including a cooling system to mitigate the region’s hot climate.
“The water collected from this system will also clean the structure’s facade, for example. Elegant landscaping and vegetation on and around the tower will encourage solar protection. An integrated shading system and wing doors will also contribute to its energy efficiency,” Aurecon statement said.
Among the various decks are two VIP observation garden decks that will recreate the splendour of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
The building will also include numerous balconies that rotate outside the facade of the tower, a boutique hotel, and several event spaces. At ground level, the central plaza will serve as a neighbourhood centre, with retail stores, a museum, educational facilities and an indoor auditorium.
The Tower is scheduled to open in mid-2020 to celebrate the start of Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Aurecon will work as the engineer/architect-of-record with Calatrava to collaborate on a range of design and technical features for the project.
In June 2016, Emaar Chairman Mohammed Alabbar said work will commence work on the project next month with the tower being 100 metres taller than 828-metre Burj Khalifa.
The Tower was officially unveiled in April 2016. Emirates 24|7 revealed in the same month that the tower will have swinging platforms and open elevators.
“There will be swinging platforms so people will be able to go into the platform and then the platform will turn and you will in the viewing deck,” Calatrava told this website.