O-14 Tower

Architecture Skyscraper: O-14 Tower stands at the heart of business bay. The tower's concrete shell not only is the structure of the building but also creates a lace-like façade open to light, air, and views. 21 stories of custom-designed office floors are carried without the barriers of conventional columns and walls. At ground level, exclusive shops link this site to Business Bay's waterfront esplanade combining high-end shopping eminent culture and popular entertainment.


O-14 Tower
The openings on the shell are modulated depending on structural requirements, views, sun exposure, and luminosity. A space nearly one meter deep between the shell and the main enclosure creates a so-called “chimney effect,” a phenomenon whereby hot air has room to rise and effectively cools the surface of the glass windows behind the perforated shell.
This passive solar technique essentially contributes to a natural component to the cooling system for O-14 Tower, thus reducing energy consumption and costs, just one of many innovative aspects of the building’s design.
O-14 Tower

New York based RUR Architects has unveiled their design for this 22-storey tall commercial tower in Dubai. The building comprises 300,000 square feet and the design for O-14 Tower is for a tower sheathed in a forty centimeter-thick concrete shell perforated by over 1,000 openings that create a lace-like effect on the building’s façade. This passive solar technique essentially contributes to a natural component to the cooling system for O-14 Tower, thus reducing energy consumption and costs, just one of many innovative aspects of the building’s design.
O-14 Tower
O-14 Tower, Interior

As of September 2008, the first nine floors and exterior shell of O-14 Tower have been cast, revealing the beginnings of the perforated concrete shell exoskeleton - the building will be completed in the Spring of 2009.
O-14 Tower, Construction

A project by     : Reiser + Umemoto
                           Architecture
Type                 : Commercial - Office
Location           : Dubai
                           United Arab Emirates
Building status: built in 2007

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