Al Awlaqi
Chair: Maan Al Awlaqi
Executive Director, Aldar Properties
Beshoy Girgis

Beshoy Girgis

Vice President Development, Aldar Properties
“High-Rise: Real Estate Developer Perspective”
Firas Hnoosh

Firas Hnoosh

Principal, Design Director of Architecture, Perkins+Will
“Redefining the High-Rise”
Luca Vigliero

Luca Vigliero

Design Lead, Senior Associate, Perkins+Will
“Redefining the High-Rise”
Prodipto Ghosh

Prodipto Ghosh

Senior Associate Director, CallisonRTKL
“Group Living in Vertical Cities”
Abu Dhabi is an emirate of islands, which have recently seen a wave of development, capitalizing on their natural assets in close proximity to the city’s historic core. Reem Island is home to Shams Abu Dhabi, a 135-hectare development designed to accommodate up to 100,000 residents. The entrance to the development is demarcated by the Sky and Sun Towers, the Arc at Gate Towers, and the spectacular Gate Residential Towers.

The Gate Towers, which received a CTBUH Excellence Award in 2013, allude to a future in which tall buildings appear at such density that many of the amenities of urban habitat on the ground can and should be replicated at height. While clearly symbolic as an ageless gesture of welcome to the broader Shams Abu Dhabi development, the towers also afford a sophisticated experience for inhabitants. The defining feature is the 300-meter-long, arcing skybridge that runs across the top of three towers, spanning 87 meters between the towers and cantilevering 45 meters from the easternmost tower.

Venue: Sky Tower

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Thursday 25 October Schedule:

Morning Program
8:30 am Arrival & Coffee
8:55 am Welcome
9:00 am Presentation 1
9:20 am Presentation 2
9:40 am Presentation 3
10:00 am Q&A
10:15 am Coffee Break
10:45 am Tour of Sky Tower
12:00 pm Delegates depart

 

About This Program Location

Sky Tower

Sky Tower

About Sky Tower

Sky Tower is the taller of two towers that rise alongside the monumental portico of The Gate project like welcoming torches (Sun Tower being the other). The façades of the towers are adorned with a series of crystals that sparkle in the sunlight. The elliptical shape reduces wind resistance and its perimeter columns provide a tube structure effect. Within the elliptical form the spaces are organized orthogonally. Certain rooms cantilever beyond the elliptical skin. From the exterior they form a series of vertical bands that emphasize the vertical thrust of the tower. From within they create a series of spaces that project into space. Giant bay windows become rooms in the sky; conference rooms, living rooms and executive offices with the ultimate three-sided corner condition.

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Sun Tower

Sun Tower

About Sun Tower

Sun Tower is the shorter of two towers that rise alongside the monumental portico of The Gate project like welcoming torches (Sky Tower being the other). The façades of the towers are adorned with a series of crystals that sparkle in the sunlight. The elliptical shape reduces wind resistance and its perimeter columns provide a tube structure effect. Within the elliptical form the spaces are organized orthogonally. Certain rooms cantilever beyond the elliptical skin. From the exterior they form a series of vertical bands that emphasize the vertical thrust of the tower. From within they create a series of spaces that project into space. Giant bay windows become rooms in the sky; conference rooms, living rooms and executive offices with the ultimate three-sided corner condition.

The… Read More

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The Gate Residential Tower 1

The Gate Residential Tower 1

About The Gate Residential Tower 1

The Gate Towers consist of a series of towers that act as pillars beneath a curving lintel. This renders the effect of a monumental portal that defines the threshold to the Shams Abu Dhabi district, a newly-created land mass formed as an extension of the Central Business District on exposed tidal sands within a fringe of mangroves at approximately five to seven meters above sea level. The area is gradually developing at a high density and growing in prominence.

From a development standpoint, the concept was derived from two maxims: First, to make a statement of intent which is visible from the main part of the city; second, to form a gateway to the remaining sites within the Shams Abu Dhabi precinct on Reem Island.

This mixed-use residential project has a total of 3,533 luxury… Read More

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The Gate Residential Tower 2

The Gate Residential Tower 2

About The Gate Residential Tower 2

The Gate Towers consist of a series of towers that act as pillars beneath a curving lintel. This renders the effect of a monumental portal that defines the threshold to the Shams Abu Dhabi district, a newly-created land mass formed as an extension of the Central Business District on exposed tidal sands within a fringe of mangroves at approximately five to seven meters above sea level. The area is gradually developing at a high density and growing in prominence.

From a development standpoint, the concept was derived from two maxims: First, to make a statement of intent which is visible from the main part of the city; second, to form a gateway to the remaining sites within the Shams Abu Dhabi precinct on Reem Island.

This mixed-use residential project has a total of 3,533 luxury… Read More

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The Gate Residential Tower 3

The Gate Residential Tower 3

About The Gate Residential Tower 3

The Gate Towers consist of a series of towers that act as pillars beneath a curving lintel. This renders the effect of a monumental portal that defines the threshold to the Shams Abu Dhabi district, a newly-created land mass formed as an extension of the Central Business District on exposed tidal sands within a fringe of mangroves at approximately five to seven meters above sea level. The area is gradually developing at a high density and growing in prominence.

From a development standpoint, the concept was derived from two maxims: First, to make a statement of intent which is visible from the main part of the city; second, to form a gateway to the remaining sites within the Shams Abu Dhabi precinct on Reem Island.

This mixed-use residential project has a total of 3,533 luxury… Read More

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The Arc at Gate Towers

The Arc at Gate Towers

About The Arc at Gate Towers

As implied within the name, the The Arc at Gate Towers rises from a podium base as an arc, which together with the Gate Towers was modelled to resemble prominent historic structures such as England’s Stonehenge or Greece’s Pantheon to create a notable gateway into the Shams Neighborhood on Al Reem Island. The concave curve of the rental apartment building’s arc form faces southeast, overlooking a landscaped amenity deck atop the podium base. This podium is shared with the Gate Towers and is linked directly via a second floor skybridge to the Boutik Mall, located across the street and within the lower floors of the Sky and Sun Towers.

At various points within the building’s form, voids of differing sizes pass through multiple floors of the structure, which combined with… Read More

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