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Ten Desert Designs: Cayan Tower

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Source: Urban Land Magazine

As global temperatures rise, the passive and active design strategies used in the hottest parts of the world to keep buildings habitable, reduce the money spent on air conditioning, and conserve water resources become relevant in more regions than ever.​


Each of the 75 floors of Cayan Tower is slightly rotated on the building’s axis in comparison to the floor below, resulting in a structure that twists a full 90 degrees from base to top... ​The helical form also provides self-shading for the tower and helps shield the building from northern winds and the sand and dust they often carry... Designed by the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for the Dubai office of Cayan Group, the tower contains 495 condominium units...

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