Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dubai Architecture: O-14 Skyscraper In Business Bay

Award Winning Engineering Design

Another considered genius humans have ever created, that is like in seclusion; at least for now, in one of the sides of Business Bay in Dubai, and is only seen by few is the O-14. It is not that tall like the world renowned Burj Khalifa but it has the beauty which catches your attention.

The office building seems empty, but now with the on-going, another mega-project of Dubai which is the canal extension, this will be filled then soon.

Photos were taken on a gloomy and sand-stormy day using BlackBerry Z10.

Did you know: that the 1 meter space between the facade and the windows, allows hot air to rise and cool air to come in from below?

The facade is 40 cm thick and made of an extremely fluid concrete. It has 1000 circular openings of various sizes. The building is held up by the core and exoskeleton so the space inside is largely column free.

O-14 is the winner of the 2009 Silver, Emporis Skyscraper Award. O-14 also won the 2010 ACEC National Honor Award for Excellence in Engineering Design. O-14 was the recipient of the best tall building in Middle East and Africa in the best tall buildings awards by Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.


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