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February 25, 2013

Unique Construction Makes Dubai Office Building Stand Out

Unique Construction Makes Dubai Office Building Stand Out

Project: O-14 Tower
Location: Dubai, UAE
Architects: Reiser + Umemoto
Construction: 2007
NON-ALPOLIC

New York based architecture firm, Reiser + Umemoto, entered an international design competition in which they lost the bid to world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. Yet, their entry was so compelling it earned them a separate commission in Dubai.

O-14 Tower is a unique and modern interpretation of commercial construction. The single most compelling attribute in the building’s design is its perforated concrete exterior. A “basket-weave” technique was used to create a steel reinforcement before the concrete was poured. The façade features over 1,300 holes in five different sizes. The sizes and placement of each hole was determined by differing structural requirements such as light penetration and view.

The building’s concrete shell is separated from an interior glass enclosure. By shielding the glass core from intense solar penetration the building was able to reduce energy consumption. The spacing from the main enclosure also allows hot air to escape the building’s exterior as a means of solar insulation.

The column-less interiors allow for thousands of square-feet of flexible office space. Another differentiating factor from the surrounding commercial construction is the building’s parking, which was placed underground as opposed to at the ground level.

The O-14 office tower has been praised for its ability to adhere to a harsh desert climate without compromising building aesthetics.

images courtesy of © Reiser + Umemoto

information courtesy of © e-architect and Architectural Record

DISCLAIMER: This project does not feature ALPOLIC Materials. The Architecture, Design and Sustainability sections of our blog are for global projects that we find remarkable.

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