Monday, January 25, 2021

D & A



A 3 tower 66 storey upscale development connected at the apex by a 300 metre long skybridge containing 21 duplex penthouses has gone on the market recently in Abu Dhabi. The 238 metre high Gate Towers by Aldar Properties has been developed by US firm Arquitectonica and contains unparalleled views of the Arabian Gulf and Al Reem Island. It is reported the design of the structure drew inspiration from historical structural forms such as Stonehenge in the UK and Greece’s Pantheon. The development at Shams Abu Dhabi creates a commanding series of towers with a skybridge dubbed ‘The Arc’ which is punctured by elliptical voids. The 3,533 unit complex is primarily dedicated to residential use, with studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments split between the three towers. There are also a series of townhouses and penthouses on Tower 1 that are already fully occupied. Each penthouse in the iconic development includes a private pool with views of the Arabian Gulf. Located within the complex are amenities like additional swimming pools, play areas, childcare facilities, tennis courts, retail amenities, leisure and spa facilities and prayer rooms. 






Plans have been unveiled for the world’s largest Airport Terminal in Istanbul, Turkey. The collaborative project derives its existence and signature from a trio of international architectural practices – Grimshaw Architects, London based Haptic Architects and Oslo based Nordic Office of Architecture. The airport will be constructed 35 km outside the city in four stages and its first phase will open in 2018. The six-runway Istanbul Grand Airport development, master planned by Arup, is set to be the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 90 million passengers a year. The modern airport terminal will have a gross floor area of close to one million sq metre. Particular care has been taken to ensure that the architectural design of the terminal portrays Istanbul’s unique character as a city that sits comfortably in two continents – Asia and Europe – with a clear horizontal expression. The vaulted ceiling geometry not just offers a strong sense of directionality – intuitive way finding – to passengers from landside to airside, but also responds to people traversing the terminal along its length. Meanwhile skylights offer natural daylight, diffused through the ceiling via focused beams of direct sunlight. Despite conveying a sense of size with its generous plaza, an efficient traffic forecourt on the landside, and rail, metro, bus, coach and parking seamlessly integrated with the airport complex, the airport terminal retains a human scale all across.




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