Aurecon appointed to $1bn The Tower skyscraper
Aurecon will collaborate with architect Santiago Calatrava on the supertall tower in Dubai Creek Harbour, which is expected to be taller than the Burj Khalifa
Work on what could become the world’s tallest tower has started in Dubai after the appointment of an engineer/architect of record.
The skyscraper developed by Emaar Properties will be the focal point of a major new development in the Dubai Creek Harbour area.
The $1bn 'The Tower' is expected to be taller than the current tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa, also in Dubai by Emaar, and is being designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava.
The firm has now chosen Aurecon as the engineer/architect-of-record to collaborate with on a range of design and technical features for the ambitious project.
Adrian Jones, Aurecon’s project director for The Tower said: “The Calatrava team were looking to work directly with our experts who have had hands-on project experience on other supertall and similar mega projects. Not only were they assured of such a working arrangement, they were further impressed by our open, flexible and collaborative approach. The Tower will test the craftsmanship of Aurecon as we play our part in making a mark on the built fabric of mankind.
“It is an absolute privilege to be entrusted by Santiago Calatrava and Emaar Properties to work on this project, and we have assembled a stellar team to bring this idea to life.”
The supertall building’s design includes a distinctive net of steel cable stays that attach to a central reinforced concrete column that will reach into the skies. At the top of the tower is an oval-shaped bud that will house ten observation decks, including The Pinnacle Room, which will offer unprecedented, 360-degree views of the city and beyond.
It will also serve as a beacon of light at night, with a lighting system that will evoke the features of a flower bud, as it seemingly hovers atop the structure.