Signature Towers in Dubai by Zaha Hadid


Images / Text by Stephan Luecke. Copyright by desMena.

Signature Towers for Business Bay Dubai, designed by Zaha Hadid.

Situated in the heart of Dubai’s new Business Bay in close proximity to SOM’s Burj Dubai, the Dancing Towers are a mixed use development, including offices, hotel, residential, and retail areas.  The tower development also referred to as “Dancing Towers” incorporates two link bridges, waterfront park, and promenade on the central island of phase 1 of Dubai Properties’ Business Bay masterplan. The unusual fluid-lined triple tower proposal is the winning design of an international design competition including entries by Morphosis Architects, Los Angeles; RUR Architecture, New York; and Office of Metropolitan Architects, Rotterdam. Zaha Hadid’s design proposal is indicative of the architect’s distinctive style with the towers reflecting a dynamic fusion of volume and space.

The architects write: “The three towers rise above the creek and project themselves as an icon for the surrounding developments and for the Gulf region. The towers’ striking design creates a new presence that punctures the skyline with a powerful recognizable silhouette. The fluid character of the towers is generated through an intrinsically dynamic composition of volumes. The towers are intertwined to share programmatic elements and rotate to maximize the views from the site towards the creek and neighbouring developments.”

The masterplan foresees the plot directly connected to Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai’s main commuter artery- linking it to the opposite side of the artificial bay and the developments southern boundary marked by Al Khail road.  The site includes four different elements, leading to the idea of the “woven” combination of connections and the interlocking public spaces, and the triple tower configuration was developed to suite the requirement for hotel, residential, and office area.

A common podium emphasizes the connectivity of the towers and evokes a continual movement of activities and users within the complex.  There are numerous large multiuse complexes such as this one among Dubai’s basket of wannabe icons, but they often tend to create an image of severance or disembodiment, while Hadid has on the contrary sought an inviting movement, while remaining “iconic”, irrespective of any of the surrounding “statements” that can be expected on surrounding plots, but also consciously and successfully connected to the developing district. 



Read more about this project in a new post with extensive material provided by Zaha Hadid Architects…

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