Al Sharq Tower

Project Facts
  • Design Finish Year 2008
  • Size Site Area: 1,300 Building Height: 367 meters Number of Stories: 102 Building Gross Area: 146,785 square meters
  • Awards
    2008, International Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2009, MIPIM Future Project Award: Commended Tall Building, MIPIM/Architectural Review 2008, P/A Award: Architectural Design, Progressive Architecture 2009, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2007, Residential Projects Award, Cityscape
  • Collaborators
    Entek Engineering, LLC Mott MacDonald Shen Milsom & Wilke Van Deusen & Associates Khatib & Alami Office For Visual Interaction Inc.
Project Facts
  • Design Finish Year 2008
  • Size Site Area: 1,300 Building Height: 367 meters Number of Stories: 102 Building Gross Area: 146,785 square meters
  • Awards
    2008, International Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2009, MIPIM Future Project Award: Commended Tall Building, MIPIM/Architectural Review 2008, P/A Award: Architectural Design, Progressive Architecture 2009, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2007, Residential Projects Award, Cityscape
  • Collaborators
    Entek Engineering, LLC Mott MacDonald Shen Milsom & Wilke Van Deusen & Associates Khatib & Alami Office For Visual Interaction Inc.

Al Sharq Tower is a unique mix of iconic form, ingenious structure, and spatial qualities of sky-high living. The purity of its form as nine cylinders defined by a spiraling filigree structure will be a timeless, elegant marker on Sheikh Zayed Road. As one moves around the building, its changing profile will shimmer as a beacon of light.

The tower continues SOM’s tradition of structural innovation. The project is conceived as a cellular structure of nine bundled tubes, allowing a height of 360 meters with a challenging aspect ratio of 1:10. Each 12-meter diameter tube, with an individual aspect ratio of 1:30, amplifies the notion of slenderness as the structural cables wrap around each tube’s perimeter, and tie back to the tower’s core concrete structure. The cable structure allows for a column-free floor plate, providing complete flexibility of unit configurations and maximizing views.

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