LAVA

LABORATORY FOR VISIONARY ARCHITECTURE

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER TOWER

  • Client:
  • Marasi
  • Location:
  • Abu Dhabi UAE
  • Partners:
  • Wenzel+Wenzel
  • Status:
  • Design development 2008
  • Size:
  • 80000sqm 230m

ABOUT

Developed as a prototypical design translating brand values into iconic architecture, Snowflake Tower is the first in a series of towers located at strategically chosen locations around the world.

The tower marks a departure from traditional architectural thinking. Design takes the initiative.

Inspired by the geometrical order of a snowflake and the aerodynamics of a Formula 1 racing car, the tower encapsulates speed, fluid dynamics, future technology and natural patterns of organisation. Rather than purely mimicking shapes in nature LAVA has learned from nature’s own geometrical orders creating highly efficient structures and intriguing spaces.

The design unfolded as a result of the project’s needs: optimal natural light and air distribution, maximum views, minimal structure, user comfort and an unrivalled water experience.

The organisational principle of a minimal surface allowed the optimisation the facade/floor area ratio and each apartment in the 59-storey luxury tower has unobstructed ocean views. With intelligent systems and skins, the tower can react to the external influences such as air-pressure, temperature, humidity, solar radiation and pollution. New materials and technology will create robust, lightweight structures capable of adapting to, and harmonising with, the natural surroundings. The design principle is adapted for each location generating a mix of local and global values.

The tower comprises executive residential suites, luxury amenities, and a marina.

 

Team:

Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck,

Sebastian Schott, Stephan Albrecht, Jarrod Lamshed, Erik Escalante, Esan Rahmani, Anh-Dao Trinh, Mi Jin Chun, Pascal Tures

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