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TornadoTower, Doha, Qatar

Thursday 09 Oct 2008

Doha's beacon of the night

TornadoTower by CICO Consulting Architects & Engineers in Doha, Qatar
© QIPCO Tornado Tower/ SIAT/ CICO 
TornadoTower by CICO Consulting Architects & Engineers in Doha, Qatar TornadoTower by CICO Consulting Architects & Engineers in Doha, Qatar TornadoTower by CICO Consulting Architects & Engineers in Doha, Qatar
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14/10/08 jason, adelaide
Given that it has been described as a landmark, signature structure, let's put this to good use from an educational sense. I'm not sure whether it does or doesn't have an environmentally sustainable agenda. But, the use of a lighting system purely for art value makes me wonder what out priorities are as professionals. I'm sure it will look fantastic from an aesthetics point of view, but lets look at the bigger scheme of things in terms of life. The environment must come first and foremost in any design.
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The fast growing city's skyline welcomes new high-rise with a twist 

The QIPCO Holding ‘Tornado Tower’ in the commercial hub area of Westbay in Doha is nearing its completion date of November 2008.

The distinctive shape created by Munich based architects SIAT in collaboration with Qatar based CICO will feature a spectacular lighting system designed by light artist Thomas Emde, which will illuminate the steel façade using a combination of 35,000 different lighting configurations. The individual light fittings on the junction points of the steel girders will be selectively controlled to accentuate the structure highlighting the hyperboloid form of the building.

The 200 m skyscraper distributed over 52 stories will offer 58,029 sq m of leasable office space with a 2.8 m finished floor to ceiling space plus 1,700 car parking spaces on three levels served overall by sixteen high-speed passenger lifts and a helipad.

The signature development includes 2,724 tonnes of structural steel beams and 60,000 sq m of lightweight steel decking supplied by Corus International Middle East that allow column free office space offering 360 degrees panoramic views.

The sole leasing agents for the landmark Tornado Tower are DTZ.

Laura Salmi

Key Facts

Status Onsite
Value 146.2(m€)
CICO Consulting Architects & Engineers

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