Arcop Group to design iDubai twin towers

Canadian architecture practice the Arcop Group is to design the iDubai twin tower complex at Dubai Maritime City, worth an estimated US $407m.

Canadian architecture practice the Arcop Group is to design the iDubai twin tower complex at Dubai Maritime City, worth an estimated US $407m.

The 50-storey twin towers project, being developed by Baani Group, comprises the iTower and the Sky Tower. Both towers are to have their design based on the elements. Sky Tower, as the name suggests, is inspired by the sky and will offer 'sky villas', which are 3-bedroom apartments that use an entire floor. The design also incorporates infinity-edge pools and a retail area.

iTower, in contrast, will take its inspiration from the water and includes apartments and two levels of penthouse villas. In addition to the retail outlets and terraced gardens, facilities for residents will include swimming pools, tennis court, a fitness centre, a club with spa, a library, a business centre and a guest suite.

'As our first development in Dubai, we wanted to make a statement with everything from architecture to finishing,"? said Virendra Bhatia, president, Baani Group.

The majority of Arcop Group's work is in Quebec, Canada, although the practice has previously worked on the Kuwait Museum of Sciences and Natural History, and the Bait and Falaj Cultural Centre in Oman.

According to online sales agents, work on the project is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2008, with construction expected to be complete in 36 months.

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