This project was the result of an international design competition, open to Architects worldwide, which DOSarchitects won in 2005. The tower, which stands at 373 metres above sea level, is made up on 93 floors which provide a total of 632 flats. It is essentially a massive residential complex with a retail space on the ground floor and a restaurant with a fantastic vista on the top level.
From the outset we intended that the structure should relate back at every stage to its surrounding natural environment, both aesthetically and functionally. The dual themes of sun and sand are converted into fundamental features of design, both thematically, as the waves of the interlocking floors, and literally, in the form of solar panels supplying up to 25% of the tower's total energy consumption. These solar panels are integrated as photo-voltaic diamonds, like jewels in the building's perceptual veil, continuing to silhouette its form throughout the night.
Many additional features have been considered to render the structure both environmentally and economically self-sustaining. Its mass and thickness provide vital inertia, as well as thermal resistance to Dubai's considerable daily and seasonal temperature fluctuations, providing self-shaded alcoves for the glazed elements to maintain a consistent internal environment. Further detailed internal strategies were proposed to minimise the use of air conditioning, with natural ventilation devices simultaneously reducing running costs and actively benefitting occupants' health. We have made a virtue of such necessities, fundamentally integrating them into the building's highly distinctive shape and form.