Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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.