SOM unveils 550m bifurcated tower

Jez Abbott
28 Mar 2019

SOM's tower will be one of the world's tallest buildings

Arab royalty has unveiled the design of an aerodynamic 550-meter tower.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai cast his eye over the sleek visuals for Burj Jumeira.

Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) the skyscraper will be one of the tallest buildings in the world.

Its unique bifurcated shape emerged from SOM’s New York office where the team integrated high-performance architectural and structural design into a singular expression.

The tower’s flowing design emulates the regional dunes and oases of the United Arab Emirates, while its spherical observation deck is evocative of the native gulf pearl.

First phase will be completed in 2023 to become a new focal point on the Dubai skyline and the Jumeirah neighborhood.

Upper stories will feature world-class dining, active programming and multiple observation decks with 360 degree views of Dubai.

A reflecting pool at the base of the tower will surround staging for cultural events. At the periphery of the tower, a new retail destination will seamlessly flow into the surrounding neighborhood.

“Burj Jumeira is bold, elegant, and dynamic,” said SOM design partner Mustafa Abadan. “It will tower over Jumeirah and feature a synthesized architectural and structural design.”

The geometry of the exterior bracing is optimized to strengthen the tower against lateral forces and the aerodynamic form mitigates the wind loads.

A panelized metal facade seamlessly blends into the structural system and the central void creates the space for Burj Jumeira’s panoramic views.

SOM is also designing the masterplan for the surrounding downtown Jumeira, a new urban district for which the tower will be the centerpiece of residential, commercial, and hospitality zones.

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