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Dubai Creek Tower

Santiago Calatrava is about to complete an iconic building in the city of Dubai, the “Dubai Creek Tower”. He was awarded the project in 2016 to design an “iconic” observation tower in Dubai Creek Harbour. Selected from five other proposals, the design is inspired by Islamic architecture, with the aim of “combining sustainable modern design with the culture of the United Arab Emirates”.

Calatrava designed the tower with a strong focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. The numerous observation decks make up an oval-shaped structure in the upper part of the building. The slender stem of the tower and the cables that anchor it to the ground are reminiscent of lily leaves. The tower will also provide a beam of light at night, emphasising the building’s bud-shaped design.

The tower includes ten observation decks, including the “Pinnacle Room”, offering 360-degree views of the city and beyond. The various levels also include two VIP garden and observation decks, recreating the splendour of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. It also features a number of rotating balconies on the outside of the structure.

The central plaza at ground level will be a busy community centre, with world-class shops, a museum, educational facilities and an indoor auditorium.

The tower is located centrally in Dubai Creek Harbour. Dubai Creek has long been the historical and cultural centre of Dubai, and is very close to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

“Combining Islamic architecture with modern design, Dubai Creek Tower will become a national monument as well as a destination for culture and tourism”, says Mohammad Ali Al Alabbar, president of Emaar Properties, which is developing the tower in partnership with Dubai Holding. Emaar Properties is the company that built Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building.

“Dubai is a place where pioneering innovative architecture is making extraordinary progress. In our design proposal, we fuse traditional local architecture with 21st-century design.”

R: Alou F: Estudio Calatrava