Rabu, 02 Januari 2008

PENTOMINIUM: Largest residential tower in the world

by Jorge
With all the construction happening in the Middle East, it was just a matter of time before someone proposed a building that would aim to challenge the title of the tallest residential tower, a title currently held by Q1 at the Gold Coast in Australia. So, please allow us to introduce you to Pentominium, a 576 metre tall building that has been proposed in — where else — Dubai.

We’ve shown you some of the extravagant architecture that is being done in Dubai, and this one is no exception. The 120 floor tower, designed by Aedas, was conceived with two challenges in mind, that of dealing with the existing urban landscape and with the extreme desert environment and climate conditions in Dubai. That and also to provide an extremely luxurious living to its occupants. As you see, every floor of the building will be an individual apartment.

We don’t usually go around criticizing designs, preferring to focus on the benefits of good design, but something rattled us a bit about this one. Perhaps it was the sheer chutzpah of creating the largest residential tower in the world, what could be the tallest building in the world, in the middle of the desert. Perhaps it is the hint of sustainability, where the designer alludes to environmentally friendliness because they threw in a few skygardens every 5 or six floors. We really couldn’t tell. We must admit that while the full features of the building have not been shown, this project could potentially be an environmentally friendly building, athough we sorta doubt it will turn out that way. Having said that, it certainly is eye-catching.

+ Pentominium

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