EXPO REAL: OMA and Porsche Design jointly design towers in Dubai (NL)

Yesterday, Porsche Design and Dubai Properties announced at the EXPO REAL in München that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to design, in co-operation with Porsche Design a high quality office tower and a luxury residential tower in Dubai. Completion is due 2009.

Dubai Properties has commissioned OMA to design a 85,000 m² office tower and a 30,000 m² residential tower in Dubai. The buildings will be situated next to each other at the waterfront of Dubai's Business Bay development. The office building will also comprise retail, recreational spaces and a parking garage whilst the residential building will be situated above a sunken plaza with retail and cafes.

OMA's designs of both towers take into account the climate conditions in Dubai and are designed to allow minimal impact of the sun. 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 centred external wall is of reflected glass as an additional feature for the Dubai climate. The residential tower adjacent to the office tower will be cylinder shaped, an interior atrium following the entire height of the tower will provide natural air circulation and additional light.

OMA will work in partnership with Porsche Design Studio – a 100% subsidiary of the Porsche Design Group. While OMA will be responsible for the design of both buildings, the Studio will have a consulting role for the outside architecture and be in charge of designing public areas such as the lobby, restaurants and passenger lifts. Upon residents' request, apartments may be equipped with furniture, lighting units and kitchens by Porsche Design

Following four masterplan projects in Kuwait, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, the Porsche Design Buildings (Porsche Design at Business Bay by Dubai Properties) will be the first built project by OMA in the Middle-East and is due for completion by the end of 2009.

The project is lead by OMA Partner Rem Koolhaas and Senior Associate Fernando Donis who is a principal designer at OMA. Their previous collaborations include the new China Central Television Headquarters, the Cordoba Congress Center, and the new cruise terminal and science centre for Hamburg Hafencity.

Source: OMA

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