Andrew Michler

Foster + Partners' Index Tower Takes Top Honors for Keeping its Cool in the Dubai Sun

by , 06/16/11

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The 80 story mixed-use building, located in the heart of Dubai, holds 47 floors of apartments up top and 25 floors of offices below. The energy needed to keep all of those occupants cooled has been greatly reduced by careful planning — starting with orientation. The east and west sides are designed to be narrow in order to keep the low sun from penetrating the interior.

The south side is covered in shade-providing overhangs that run the entire length of the façade, blocking any direct sunlight. The shallow profile and column-less interior allows the office spaces to still receive natural light throughout. The ceilings rise at the windows to allow the upper glazing’s illumination to penetrate further into the interior. The shaded entrance is surrounded by a large water feature that cools the lobby and grounds, which sit directly beneath the bulk of the tower, suspended above the ground by its massive a-frame columns.

Famed architect and juror Werner Sobek notes “The Index presents a new environmental icon for the Middle East, showcasing important passive strategies of orientation, core placement and shading.

+ Foster + Partners

+ The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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2 Comments

  1. lazyreader June 16, 2011 at 8:06 am

    This building looks an awful lot like a building in Chicago. Even when we fear climate change we look to solutions that are at least a slightest bit helpful. But why do that, I’ve been contesting climate change is increasingly natural.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20110614/sc_space/sunsfadingspotssignalbigdropinsolaractivity

  2. arcilook arcilook June 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Some great ideas over there! Death to air conditioning!

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