Get ready for the most impressive towers ever:
Rotterdam-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to design two luxury residential and office towers in Dubai.
The Dutch architecture firm will work alongside Porsche Design to create the buildings, which will stand adjacent to each other on the waterfront at Dubai Properties%u2019s Business Bay development.
Completion of the 85,000 square metre office tower and the 30,000sq m residential tower is expected in 2009.
Dubai Properties commissioned OMA to design the buildings while Porsche Design Studio draws up plans for public areas such as the lobby and restaurants.
%u201CIt%u2019s definitely a great opportunity for the office to design this building in Dubai and to collaborate with a company like Porsche Design,%u201D said Fernando Donis, senior associate at OMA.
%u201CWe are now just starting the schematic design of the buildings and this should be finished by the end of the year. Construction will definitely start some time next year.%u201D Both buildings will stand 80 metres tall.
The commercial tower will be 120m long by 50m wide, and will comprise 20 floors divided into office units ranging in size from 200sq m to 4,500sq m for an entire floor.
Donis said the provisional plan for the cylindrical residential unit %u2013 which has a diameter of 50m %u2013 is for 31 studio, 62 one-bedroom and 62 two-bedroom apartments, although this is subject to change. The office building will also comprise retail, recreational spaces and a parking garage while the residential building will be situated above a sunken plaza with retail space and caf%u00E9s.
OMA%u2019s designs of both towers take into account Dubai%u2019s arid climate.
The office tower is framed by side wings and an overlap to create its own shadow, thereby protecting the tower from sunlight and reducing the need for air-conditioning.
The residential tower will be cylinder shaped, with an interior atrium following the entire height of the tower providing natural air circulation and additional light.
OMA will work in partnership with Porsche Design Studio %u2013 a 100 per cent subsidiary of the Porsche Design Group %u2013 which will also have a consulting role for the external architecture of the towers.
The Porsche Design buildings%u2019 will be the first construction project undertaken by OMA in the Middle East.
Commercial tower: 80 high,
Very wide: 120*50m
Res tower: Also 80m
Atrium going up to the top.
I'm sure they'll look good but all this fuss for these babies?