Arquitectonica Designs Symbolic Gateway Tower to Reem Island, Abu Dhabi

Tower among tallest in the country; architect going for LEED Certification

Jul 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from Arquitectonica

    MIAMI, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Designed to take full advantage of the
 commanding views of the Persian Gulf and Abu Dhabi, international
 architecture firm Arquitectonica has designed Sky Tower -- the 300-meter
 (83-story) first tower in The Gate development -- to be the tallest tower
 in Abu Dhabi and the fifth tallest in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The
 tower aspires to be the first building in the UAE to achieve certification
 under the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and
 Environmental Design (LEED) rating.
     Sky Tower along with the five 62-story and two 31-story towers comprise
 "The Gate" a project on Reem Island with almost 1 million square meters of
 luxury, state-of-the-art residential and commercial spaces, designed to
 provide a home in the sky, providing expansive views of the island and
     The property is owned and developed by the Sorouh Real Estate
 Development, which won the "Best Developer -- Commercial Project Award" for
 the Gate at the Cityscape Abu Dhabi awards ceremony in May 2007. When
 completed the Gate will contain 810,000 square meters (2,657,480 SF) of
 residential space, 105,000 square meters (344,488 SF) of office space and
 13,500 square meters (44,291 SF) of retail space.
     "The urban significance of the site as the visual gateway to a new city
 required a corresponding architectural response," said Bernardo
 Fort-Brescia, FAIA, Arquitectonica's founder and the project's design
 architect. "We created a monumental portico with a tall elliptical tower
 rising above it to announce the island from afar. The elliptical form makes
 it multidirectional, intended to be seen from land and sea, city and
 island. Its cantilevered bay windows stack vertically and stagger in
 movement, speeding towards the skies and forming a series of interior rooms
 that project into pure space."
     -- The complex offers a total of more than 4,600 residential units with
        underground parking, gardens and event terraces.
     -- Residential floor areas range from one bedroom of 87 square meters (936
        SF) to penthouses of 514 square meters (5,525 SF).
     -- Arquitectonica Interiors is the project's interior designer and
        Arquitectonica GEO is the project's landscape architect.
     Arquitectonica is a full-service architecture, interior design,
 landscape architecture and planning firm that began 30 years ago in Miami.
 Today, the firm has 500 employees and designs many building types including
 Cultural/Institutional, Education, Government/Public, Hospitality,
 Interiors, Mixed Use, Office, Planning, Public Assembly/Sports,
 Residential, Retail/Restaurant and Transportation.
     Arquitectonica ( is directed by offices
 in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai,
 Manila, Lima, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. Affiliated companies:
 Arquitectonica Interiors ( and
 Arquitectonica GEO (

SOURCE Arquitectonica