graham brenton mckay
Queenside Tower A proposal for a tower adjacent to SOM's Rolex Tower mixed-use building along Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road. Usage requirements are integrated with structural and planning logic and an aesthetic concept. The tower was conceived as a slightly feminine counterpart to Rolex Tower. The office floor plate is the maximum pernissible and, as with its neighbour, the shift from office to residential requires a shallower floor plate. Corner bays are halved to reduce depth and generate the 'hips' and a slight roundness. Exposed structure is clad in pink granite. Rose-tinted glazing complements Rolex Tower's sea green. The chamfered corners enable views along Sheikh Zayed Road from the larger apartments. Fire-escape stairs and secondary bedrooms are placed with the less desirable aspects. Apartment areas allow a 2-bedroom apartment to be substituted for a 1-bedroom + Studio on any corner of the building in accordance with the desirability of view and/or level within the building.
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Rolex Queen Tower This project was for a tower adjacent to the mixed-use building Rolex Tower along Dubai's main road, Sheikh Zayed Road. The proposal integrates usage requirements with structural and planning logic, and incidentally with aesthetic concept. With an equivalent brief and a comparable volume, the tower was conceived as a slightly softer complement to Rolex Tower, not unlike king and queen chesspieces. As with Rolex Tower, the shift from office space to residential space necessitated a change in floorplate and corner structural bays were spanned diagonally to reduce the depth of the building. This generated 'hips' and a slight roundness. Exposed columns clad in pink granite provided a subtle fussiness. The glazing panes had a slight rose tint to complement the sea green of Rolex Tower. The office floor plate was the maximum permitted for the site. The chamfered corners of the residential floor plate enabled views up and down Sheikh Zayed Road and living rooms in the 1-bed and 2-bed apartments are placed here. Fire-escape stairs were placed where there were the least desirable views. Apartment areas were design so a 2-bedroom apartment could be substituted for a 1-bedroom + Studio apartment on any corner of the building, the maximize return in accordance with the desirability of the view and/or the height within the building.
graham brenton mckay
graham brenton mckay
Queenside Tower A proposal for a tower adjacent to SOM's Rolex Tower mixed-use building along Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road. Usage requirements are integrated with structural and planning logic and an aesthetic concept. The tower was conceived as a slightly feminine counterpart to Rolex Tower.
The office floor plate is the maximum pernissible and, as with its neighbour, the shift from office to residential requires a shallower floor plate. Corner bays are halved to reduce depth and generate the 'hips' and a slight roundness. Exposed structure is clad in pink granite. Rose-tinted glazing complements Rolex Tower's sea green.
The chamfered corners enable views along Sheikh Zayed Road from the larger apartments. Fire-escape stairs and secondary bedrooms are placed with the less desirable aspects. Apartment areas allow a 2-bedroom apartment to be substituted for a 1-bedroom + Studio on any corner of the building in accordance with the desirability of view and/or level within the building.