Travis Howe

Architecture and Design

travis@travishowe.net 

1 Dubai Tower

Dubai, UAE

2008

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Amidst the development boom in Dubai the very notion of what a building could be was tested by architects around the world. Designed to be a city within a city, 1 Dubai pushes the concept of size to new heights. Three towers, each one exceeding 600m in height, are joined together with an elevated podium and a series of sky bridges creating a massive mixed use development in a single mega-structure.

The tower is wrapped in a triangulated curtainwall skin that can conform to the buildings subtle curvature and creates a lustrous effect as it rises from the man-made lagoon below.