Work is underway for crystalline glass skyscraper designed by Foster + Partners for Dubai International Financial District (DIFC), offering views of the Burj Khalifa.
The 140,000m2 development known as ICD Brookfield Place features a faceted glass façade that reflects sunlight and will house a 53-storey office block with 83,000m2 of office space.
It will be topped with three penthouses and terraces that offer views of SOM’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.
Next to the office block is another smaller tower hosting a 14,000m2 shopping centre with restaurants and a gym.
“The beginning of construction at ICD Brookfield Place marks the next phase of one of Dubai’s most prestigious developments at the DIFC,” said Fosters + Partners partner Grant Brooker.
“Our aim is to enhance the urban character of the DIFC, putting public spaces at the very heart of the design,” added Brooker, adding that the development will become a new social hub for the city.
Surrounding the two blocks will be a public plaza linked by pedestrian pathways. A four-storey atrium topped by a grilled roof will provide an entrance to the development from the north side of the building, connecting the two tower blocks.
Public art exhibitions and other cultural events will be hosted in the landscaped areas of the development.
The building is set to achieve a LEED Gold sustainability rating when it is completed in 2018.
Foster + Partners is also is designing phase II of Dubai Design District (d3) as well as a waterfront project in Cairo, Egypt.