francois blanciak architect: dubai tall emblem structure
francois blanciak architect: dubai tall emblem structure francois blanciak architect: dubai tall emblem structure
may 11, 2009

francois blanciak architect: dubai tall emblem structure

dubai tall emblem structure by francois blanciak architect image courtesy francois blanciak architect

continuing our coverage of the the thyssenkrupp elevator award to develop an iconic tall emblem structure for zaabeel park in dubai, heer is francois blanciak architects‘ proposal.

the tower is conceived as virtually reversible, its top and bottom parts having similar circular characteristics. in sharp contrast with the surrounding office buildings, the circulation core here is not the focus of the plan but an element around which the program of the tower oscillates. the lower part of the project contains a children’s library on level 1, and a series of 3 conference rooms on level 2. as a reference to islamic architecture, a shaded arcade surrounds the ground level courtyard that leads to the entrance of the children’s library. hosting an art gallery and designed as a prolongation of the movement induced by the rest of the building, the generously cantilevered top-level viewing platform offers a 270° panoramic view of the most scenic part of the dubai skyline. structurally, the tower is engineered as a continuous steel cage which transmits the load to the deep central foundations of the circulation core. as the two opposite horizontal parts of the tower are basically symmetrical, the weight of the podium is used to balance and stabilize the cantilever of the viewing platform.

dubai tall emblem structure – bird’s eye view image courtesy francois blanciak architect

dubai tall emblem structure – site plan image courtesy francois blanciak architect

cross section and south east elevation image courtesy francois blanciak architect

plans of levels 1, 2, 4 and intermediate level image courtesy francois blanciak architect

  • ‘e’ excessive, excrement and eradicate.

    AAB says:
  • would be a nice uplight, imho

    don matteo says:
  • =D made me laugh

    Q says:
  • Nice tower. better than the winner.

    rd says:
  • looks like another soulless environment at the ground level.

    lola says:
  • such an insult to architecture!!

    kc says:
  • this is another joke?

    michal says:
  • too much, just too much…for now, i think!

    reVenton says:
  • no coments!

    ronaldo says:
  • in the recent history of international highrise architecture most of the designers seemed to be lost, trying some new ideas, more or less successful. this one in my eyes is a very isteresting design, reinterpreting the classic tower design (base, shaft, top). although almost postmodern, the language is contemporary and the message is very strong. just wonder about structural buildability.

    mimar says:

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