A new crystalline skyscraper, designed by Foster + Partners, just broke ground in Dubai. Part of a large mixed-use development known as ICD Brookfield Place in the Dubai International Financial Center district (DIFC), the 53-story office block is enveloped in a faceted glass facade and will comprise penthouses and terraces with views of SOM’s Burj Khalifa, known as the world’s tallest building. The entire development aims to achieve a LEED Gold sustainability rating.

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The development includes office spaces housed in the tallest skyscraper, and a shopping center with a gym and restaurants located in the smaller tower, both surrounded by a public plaza. This public space will be connected by several pedestrian pathways and a 31-meter high, 18,000-square foot landscaped public realm that will showcase a range of arts and cultural events. The entrance to the development from the north side is formed by a four-story atrium topped by a grilled roof.

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“Our aim is to enhance the urban character of the DIFC, putting public spaces at the very heart of the design. The new office tower – on target to achieve aLEED Gold rating – is shaped to reflect the sunlight, and is surrounded by a rich mix of easily accessible terraced spaces, that create a vibrant and lively extension to the DIFC,” said Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners, Grant Brooker.

ICD Brookfield Place is expected to be completed by late 2018, which coincides with the firm’s development for the Dubai Design District, a creative quarter meant to become the city’s cultural hub.

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