Foundation work completed on Calatrava-designed The Tower in Dubai

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, which when completed will be 100 metres taller than Burj Khalifa, is all set to rise, reports Arabian Business.

Emaar Properties, the developer of Dubai Creek Harbour, a joint venture with Dubai Holding, on Monday announced the completion of the pile foundations.

It said in a statement that in the coming days, the first structural facets of The Tower will be visible with several dedicated teams already on-site to accelerate the development.

Emaar added that it has set a new world-first with the foundation work for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour. The pile was tested to a load of over 36,000 tonnes – the maximum carried by a single foundation pile to date – and a statement on its strength and durability.

More than 145 barrette piles have been used to form the foundation for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour.

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The Tower will comprise of residential and leisure features including a 360 viewing deck ‘The Pinnacle Room’, and a VIP observation deck with landscaping meant to recreate the “splendour of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.”

It will also feature fully glazed rotating balconies that extend outward, rotating outside the skin of the tower, as well as a boutique hotel for visitors.

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The Tower is centred off the Dubai Creek, not too far from the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention and home to over 67 species of water birds.

It is expected to be completed for the Dubai Expo trade fair in 2020, the same year that the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, another contender for the title of the world’s tallest building, is due to be finished.
Calatrava, alongside Zaha Hadid Architects and Foster + Partners have all opened offices in Dubai’s Design District. 
The architect is also set to design the UAE’s National Pavilion for the Expo 2020, inspired by a falcon in flight.

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