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Facts

Official Name The Gate Residential Tower 1
Name of Complex The Gate Shams Abu Dhabi
Other Names The Gate District Towers
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United Arab Emirates
City Abu Dhabi
Street Address & Map Shams Gate District, Reem Island
Building Function residential
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2007
Construction Start 2008
Completion 2013
Official Website Aldar Properties
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Regional Ranking #87 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #62 Tallest in United Arab Emirates
City Ranking #12 Tallest in Abu Dhabi

Companies Involved

Owner Aldar Properties
Developer Sorouh Real Estate
Architect
Design Arquitectonica
Architect of Record Khatib & Alami
Structural Engineer
Design Khatib & Alami
Peer Review Arup
MEP Engineer
• (not specified) Khatib & Alami
Project Manager Hill International
Main Contractor Arabian Construction Company; Orascom; Eversendai Engineering Qatar
Other Consultant
Façade Meinhardt
Material Supplier
• Elevator KONE

About The Gate Residential Tower 1

The Gate Towers consist of a series of towers that act as pillars beneath a curving lintel. This renders the effect of a monumental portal that defines the threshold to the Shams Abu Dhabi district, a newly-created land mass formed as an extension of the Central Business District on exposed tidal sands within a fringe of mangroves at approximately five to seven meters above sea level. The area is gradually developing at a high density and growing in prominence.

From a development standpoint, the concept was derived from two maxims: First, to make a statement of intent which is visible from the main part of the city; second, to form a gateway to the remaining sites within the Shams Abu Dhabi precinct on Reem Island.

This mixed-use residential project has a total of 3,533 luxury residential apartments in three towers of 66 stories, connected at their top with a two-level sky-bridge structure, which contains 21 large luxury penthouses. This composition is adjoined by a 22-story, horseshoe-shaped building. The complex includes three swimming pools and four water features, with car parking in 3 subterranean, one grade and three podium levels. The podium includes two levels of retail shopping mall space.

The Capping Bridge across the towers is an extraordinary achievement, involving precise calculation and steel fabrication. The two 750 metric-ton spans between the towers were fabricated on the ground and vertically strand-jacked into position 238 meters up -- the heaviest and highest lifts ever attempted for a real estate project. The cantilevered portion on the East Tower (tower 5) was an act of precision using smaller truss modules installed by a traveling gantry above.

The Dubai rope-access company Megarme installed an innovative system of tension cables to provide an underside working platform for installing soffit panels and abseiling (rappelling) hooks. Tension cables were strung between two towers at three-meter centers, with periodic connections into the structure above, and nylon nets were stretched between them. This was the fastest way to achieve a platform 230 meters in the air.

The Arc (Tower 7) has a hanging garden feature, which brings small secluded pockets of landscape up to the residential levels of the building. There are 14 hanging gardens in total, each accessible from the adjacent corridor with its own irrigation system, fountains and stepped seats.

Environmental effects such as air quality, ozone depletion and global warming were addressed in the design and were a guiding factor in the selection and installation of the mechanical and electrical equipment, which featured bi-polar filters and pre-cooling on the fresh air handling units, which improved indoor air quality and movement while controlling the temperature throughout the building.

The cooling provisions for the building are provided by a centralized district cooling plant, which serves all the towers and podium, reducing energy consumption compared to conventional systems of chillers installed individually on each of the towers.

The tower lifts are gearless traction machines using Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor technology which reduces energy consumption by 50 percent, when compared with conventional rope-lifted machines.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Event Report

CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Tour Report

CTBUH Representative Presents at Vertical Cities Conference
9 Mar 2014 – Event Report

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to The Gate Residential Tower 1

CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Event Report
Georges Binder, Belgium Country Leader, recently joined with Executive Master Immobilier to conduct a study trip on tall buildings to the United Arab Emirates.
CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Tour Report
Georges Binder, Belgium Country Leader, recently joined with Executive Master Immobilier to conduct a study trip on tall buildings to the United Arab Emirates.
CTBUH Representative Presents at Vertical Cities Conference
9 Mar 2014, Dubai – Event Report
Gurjit Singh, CTBUH Abu Dhabi City Representative, presented on Gate Towers and tall buildings trends at the Vertical Cities Conference.
Gate Towers Chosen as Featured Building
Dec 2013, Abu Dhabi – Featured Tall Building
The Gate Towers allude to a future in which tall buildings appear at such density that many of the amenities of urban habitat on the ground can and should be replicated at height.

Videos

Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Gate Towers: Creating Urban Habitat in the Sky
7 Nov 2013 – Gurjit Singh, Aldar Properties

Interview: The Gate Towers
7 Nov 2013 – Gurjit Singh, Aldar Properties

Research Papers

Case Study: Gate Towers, Abu Dhabi
Nov 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue IV


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