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Offices + Residential Development in Dubai, UAE design by OMA, architects

10 Nov 2009

OMA and Porsche Design jointly design towers in Dubai

(Munich, 23 October, 2006) – Porsche Design and Dubai Properties announced today that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to design, in co-operation with Porsche Design a high quality office tower and a luxury residential tower in Dubai. Completion is due 2009.

Porsche Design Towers Dubai building by OMA
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Porsche Design Towers Dubai

Dubai Properties, one of the largest real estate developers in the Middle East, has commissioned OMA to design a 85,000sqm office tower and a 30,000sqm residential tower in Dubai. The buildings will be situated next to each other at the waterfront of Dubai’s Business Bay development.

The office building will also comprise retail, recreational spaces and a parking garage whilst the residential building will be situated above a sunken plaza with retail and cafes.

Porsche Design Towers Dubai building

OMA’s designs of both towers take into account the climate conditions in Dubai and are designed to allow minimal impact of the sun. The office tower is framed by side wings and an overlap to create its own shadow, thereby protecting the tower from sunlight and reducing the need for air conditioning.

The centred external wall is of reflected glass as an additional feature for the Dubai climate. The residential tower adjacent to the office tower will be cylinder shaped, an interior atrium following the entire height of the tower will provide natural air circulation and additional light.

Porsche Design Towers Dubai by OMA

OMA will work in partnership with Porsche Design Studio – a 100% subsidiary of the Porsche Design Group. While OMA will be responsible for the design of both buildings, the Studio will have a consulting role for the outside architecture and be in charge of designing public areas such as the lobby, restaurants and passenger lifts. Upon residents’ request, apartments may be equipped with furniture, lighting units and kitchens by Porsche Design

Following four masterplan projects in Kuwait, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, the “Porsche Design Buildings (Porsche Design at Business Bay by Dubai Properties) will be the first built project by OMA in the Middle-East and is due for completion by the end of 2009.

The project is lead by OMA Partner Rem Koolhaas and Senior Associate Fernando Donis who is a principal designer at OMA. Their previous collaborations include the new China Central Television Headquarters, the Cordoba Congress Center, and the new cruise terminal and science centre for Hamburg Hafencity.

Porsche Design Towers Dubai UAE

Porsche Design Towers – Building Information

Porsche Design Towers l and ll

Dubai Properties Ltd

Dubai, UAE

The waterfront of Business Bay District

The site consists of two parcels of 12400 m2 in total. Office tower (Porsche I) gross floor area: 85,000 m2. Residential tower (Porsche II) gross floor area: 36,000 m2


Interior Design Consultant:
Porsche Design

Kling Consult

Porsche Design Towers – Credits

In charge:
Rem Koolhaas, Fernando Donis

Katrin Betschinger, Michel van de Kar, Daan Ooievaar, Martti Kalliala, Berit Bessell, Richard Sharam, Daniel Zarhy, Ola Strandell, Uli Herres, Jin Hon Jeon, Mauro Parravicini, Alexander Giarlis, Alexandria Algard

Porsche Design Towers design : OMA

Location: Dubai, UAE

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