Crafting a Middle Eastern Skyscraper: Working with Climate and Culture

Shaun Killa
Design Partner
Killa Design, Dubai

Sixty-eight percent of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. As a result of this, growing populations and the increasing concentration of people living in urban areas, the Middle East – and specifically, the United Arab Emirates – has embraced the tall building as an important aspect of city life. This reality has introduced a new scale to Middle Eastern architecture, one that requires heightened levels of expertise, the application of new technologies, and a robust understanding of the region’s climate and culture, in order to be successful. In a region where historical architectural traditions have emphasized the importance of ecological systems, cultural practices, climatic impacts, and religion, there is a wealth of knowledge from which to draw when applying these traditions to the skyscraper typology.

This presentation frames a discussion on Middle Eastern skyscrapers, which, from the perspective of an architect, involved in several seminal towers in the region, including Bahrain World Trade Center, Museum of the Future, The Address Jumeirah Gate Hotel, the SRG Tower and other environmentally-sustainable and contextually-inspired buildings that enhance life and challenge the norm.

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