business bay, dubai (2006)
site area: 0.6ha
gross floor area: 29,000m2
type: commercial office + retail
the ‘quartz tower’, so called because of its faceted and coloured crystalline glazed form, is an 18-level commercial office tower
in dubai’s rapidly developing business bay precinct. the project occupies a waterside site, created by an extended section of dubai creek,
with direct views to the main cultural centre planned for the area’s northern end.
the tower conforms to business bay’s rigid planning code – engaging
with the adjacent colonnades, providing upper-level road access – and maximises the available building’s gfa within the building restrictions.
it does this too, by using the faceted form to be able to position larger floor plates on the more valuable upper floors of the building.
the building’s facade
is clad in laminated diachronic glass, which provides the uniquely vibrant colour as well as the dynamic spectral shift which occurs both throughout the day
and as the viewing position to the building changes. the faceting also means that the colour shifts occur at different rates on the same face, providing an additional
dimension of visual interest.