ICD-Brookfield Place – From Iconic Architecture & Complex Engineering to Construction Reality

Rodney Seely
Director - Head of Buildings
Robert Bird Group, Dubai

ICD Brookfield Place has been designed to provide “Best in Class” office accommodation for the city of Dubai. In addition to its Grade A office space, the design includes world-class amenities such as fine dining, a chef-driven food market and a vibrant public realm. The design creates a beacon for the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), a district that epitomizes Dubai as a “Polycentric City”. The project’s interconnectivity to the DIFC Gate Avenue provides a seamless transition through the DIFC for occupants and visitors alike. This presentation focuses on the structural engineering challenges associated with delivering such an iconic high-rise building where the client’s brief and the architect’s vision are both of utmost importance.

In order to achieve the architectural vision, the structural design has included the re-use of existing piles from a previously canceled project to allow for Dubai’s deepest basement (seven levels). Eight megacolumns span the full depth of the basement to support four 40-meter-high “A-Frames” designed to transfer all the tower column forces and allow column-free entry on all elevations. A sky garden at the top of the 282-meter tower surrounds the executive office floors which are hung from a steel outrigger system. Each of the building’s grand architectural features has necessitated an engineering-led solution, delivered using a combination of considerate design coordination, technical excellence, innovative digital design techniques and an understanding of construction engineering. The presentation concludes that the successful delivery of iconic buildings requires a combination of these skills to ensure that structural designs are cost-effective, optimized and deliverable.

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