Gallery: PENTOMINIUM: Largest residential tower in the world


With all the construction happening in the Middle East, it was just a matter of time before someone proposed a building that would aim to challenge the title of the tallest residential tower, a title currently held by Q1 at the Gold Coast in Australia. So, please allow us to introduce you to Pentominium, a 576 metre tall building that has been proposed in — where else — Dubai.

We’ve shown you some of the extravagant architecture that is being done in Dubai, and this one is no exception. The 120 floor tower, designed by Aedas, was conceived with two challenges in mind, that of dealing with the existing urban landscape and with the extreme desert environment and climate conditions in Dubai. That and also to provide an extremely luxurious living to its occupants. As you see, every floor of the building will be an individual apartment.

We don’t usually go around criticizing designs, preferring to focus on the benefits of good design, but something rattled us a bit about this one. Perhaps it was the sheer chutzpah of creating the largest residential tower in the world, what could be the tallest building in the world, in the middle of the desert. Perhaps it is the hint of sustainability, where the designer alludes to environmentally friendliness because they threw in a few skygardens every 5 or six floors. We really couldn’t tell. We must admit that while the full features of the building have not been shown, this project could potentially be an environmentally friendly building, athough we sorta doubt it will turn out that way. Having said that, it certainly is eye-catching.

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  1. baire435 November 12, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Density is environmentally friendly, so developing a building of this scale should be environmentally friendly BUT (like eraidesigns says) 1 unit per floor is a problem. Even maintaining the unit sizes but building at a lower scale would be a greener solution because it wouldn’t require the intensive energy that will be demanded by all those elevators! Unless the surrounding land is supposed to be developed in the future (I’m guessing not, based on the rendering), it seems wise to increase density here on a lower scale.

  2. SeaChange October 7, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Just plain tacky.

  3. eraidesigns August 12, 2008 at 4:04 am

    The main non-environmentally sound aspect of this building is the fact that there is only 1 apartment per floor! If they are going to use so many resources, to make this monstrosity the least they could do is fit as many people as possible in there!

  4. Vinceeeeeeee May 13, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    No matter how much you criticize Dubai, you have to appreciate they are encouraging people to rethink the concept of a dwelling or a city. It\’s giving architects a chance to realize many of the concepts that would have been impossible in most \”developed\” countries, mostly due to the archaic mentalities of normal people. In Canada, where I recently moved from Dubai, cities, especially Toronto, where I live, sprawl on forever- eating up surrounding habitats, wasting VAST amounts of energy. Think of the average suburban home. They\’re re so far away from everything that you spend large amounts of time, money, and energy just getting anywhere. Also, most of these homes are quite old, therefore not very energy efficient, and newer developments tend to waste more energy on extravagant amenities and poor planning. In comparison, Dubai is fairly compact, and most of the ecosystems around the city have remained largely unchanged as the city is really growing inwards more than out, and services have sprung up within walking distance of most residential complexes due to the demand created by the fact that most people who live there are used to finding what they need close at hand. Also, the quality of the air for the residents of these buildings ( in the upper floors of course) will perhaps even be better. All in all, I\’m quite sure the city will become greatly sustainable in the near future.

  5. Mohammad March 1, 2008 at 11:48 am

    The only consistent thing that is coming out of Dubai is the Massive disregard to the environment, when they can implement energy saving, renewable energy systems at design stage.
    Not only do they have the largest Buildings, Bridges, Towers in the world, they are also the Largest polluters of the world.
    The rulers should wake up to reality.

    By the way I live in Dubai

  6. Senju October 8, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    The construction work for the Pentominium tower will be paid by the owners of the top floors. This is for the super super rich so money is not an issue for these guys.

  7. heri siswanto June 16, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    good step… we ll go to the future vertical city… get ready!!!

  8. Ibtisam Musleh June 11, 2007 at 1:35 am


    How much did it cost to establish Pentominium Tower?


  9. Moom June 8, 2007 at 5:42 am

    As Jean says, in principle a glass tower could be an environmentally sensible solution to a particular problem; but in this case the main problem addressed seems to be ‘how can we milk as much money as possible from the stupidly rich?’

    The only ‘green’ feature I can see is the glass curtain wall (is that the right term?) mitigating solar gain on the south side; and as the only alternative for such a slab-sided glass monolilth would be to have another building full of AC units next door, then I’m sorry, but that really doesn’t cut it a proactive ‘green’ measure.

    This is a monument to conspicuous consumption, in the current home of conspicuous consumption. Yuk.

  10. Jeff June 7, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    With all of that seemingly infinite wealth they could be developing fairly low to zero impact structures. Not to mention a state of the art mass transit system. Drives me crazy for all of the people in the world who want to incorporate greener technology but can’t afford it (me being one of them). Then you have Dubai basically setting fire to money that could be going toward revolutionary inovations in green technology implementation.

  11. Jean Renoux June 7, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Duplex in many other countries when in a building means an apartment on two levels.
    (See Le Corbusier, 1950, Cite Radieuse)

    Glass is certainly greener than concrete and now reflects heat a lot more than concrete or many other materials used in tall buldings. It is also more reflective than metal of any sorts, has a better R value than most construction materials still used and at least let natural light in, which help not to have electricity feeding tons of innefficient bulbs. Furthermore if developpers are willing, glass can be embedded with PVs and create a certain amount of electricity that could satisfy the common needs of an apartment building.As far as being efficient or sustainable, it is quite debatable but, new apartment buildings can be almost self sustainable, using less water, less energy, less materials and less land than the equivalent amount of independant houses. (see The Solaire, NYC) and check Scotsdale, AZ, a great example od urban sprawl at its worst.
    If cities and counties were not bend on selling their putrified water and charge exhorbitant prices for sewer systems that are major poluters, poisonning agricultural lands with their sludge loaded with heavy metal, a building like the one you criticize could, in-house, treat of all its water and re-use all of it, basically never picking up any water from a utility and never sending any to that utility.
    The only reason we are not doing it enough is the water distribution industry. Same with solar. Go to Germany and you will sees how many cities and buildings rely on PVs compared to us.
    Have a nice day.

  12. Rob Bowers June 7, 2007 at 3:12 am

    Here I sit overlooking the Surfers Paradise from my home on a mountain in the Gold Coast hinterland. I can see the ocean, the encroaching urban sprawl that is making an island of my mountain home. And in the distance is high rise building that include Q1. This sort of practice is overly pretentious and regardless of sound engineering one of these will be a tower of Babel, and unfortuantely will make quite a news story. Perhaps that is over the top, building this big is just showing off, showing off irresponsiblity!

  13. Noah June 6, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    I have to agree with Chagri Lama.

    There is nothing “sustainable” about skyscrapers made of glass in the desert – especially ones plopped down in a water sucking park so far from the nearest building that you have to drive 10 minutes just to pick up your milk.

    It doesn’t matter how many wind generators or solar panels a glass building has – glass towers are not “green” in any sense of the word.

    HOK, SOM, Foster, KPF, etc. are pulling the wool over their willing public’s eyes.

  14. Chagri Lama June 6, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    So… In one place the description says that each floor is occupied by one apartment. In the designers website it talks about duplexes, implying two apartments per floor. Also, pricing seem to vary widely (and wildly!) from 1 mil. pounds to 30 mil. US dollars. Which is it?

    I agree with, this project may, but probably will not, have green redeeming features and will add to the ostentatious consumption of resources so prevalent in the oil-rich Gulf.

    Sustainable? Ha! You’ve got to be joking! Just the electricity to run the elevators and the automated systems that keep this building up will be enough to power a little city somewhere. And I suspect the residents will not be saddled much with recycling of anything – energy, trash, and so on. So what’s the redeeming feature? A lot of money to burn?

    Not sure this is even interesting – or appropriate – to place on inhabitat’s website.

    Thanks (but no thanks… )

  15. Bondwalker June 6, 2007 at 8:32 am

    What the…??!! Didn’t anyone watch The Towering Inferno?

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