Location: Dubai
Country: UAE
Client: Mr Obeid Al Jaber
Category: Architecture

+CASSIA provided the architectural concept and schematic design for this building. It is located on a prominent side, to the left, as one enters Dubai through Sheikh Zayed Road. The building design is based on a program of a multipurpose building. It contains a commercial centre, offices, furnished apartments, and a hotel. The architect developed the building and distributed those facilities in a vertical manner.

On 43 stories in total, the commercial areas were placed on the basement, ground, and mezzanine floors. This is to present a quick and easy access to guests and clients. The office floors occupy the first 10 floors, and leave the following 14 floors for the apartments that would enjoy more privacy of access and space. The remaining floors are for the 5 stars Shangri-La hotel. They enjoy the sky-panoramic views of Dubai and its coastline.

The hotel is a composition of two towers vertically elongated with numerous lines of granite and glass. Although they seem independent, they are joined both in form and function. As they elevate, each steps in as a modern day Ziggurat, reaches the top and ends in steps that lead to grand masts. As the tower sits right at the forefront of the site, and faces the main road, a large building for car parking and mechanical facilities stands independently at the back. It connects to the tower on the ground and basement floors, as well as on the top floor through a metal bridge.