Sun Tower

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Height: Architectural 237.6 m / 779 ft
Height: Occupied 222 m / 728 ft
Height: To Tip 237.6 m / 779 ft
Floors Above Ground 64
# of Apartments 680


Official Name Sun Tower
Name of Complex The Gate Shams Abu Dhabi
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
Construction Start 2006
Completion 2010
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Regional Ranking #99 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #72 Tallest in United Arab Emirates
City Ranking #15 Tallest in Abu Dhabi

Companies Involved

Developer Sorouh Real Estate
Design Arquitectonica
Structural Engineer
Design Hyder Consulting
MEP Engineer
Design Ian Banham and Associates
Material Supplier
• Aluminium Guangdong JMA Aluminium Profile Factory (Group) Co., Ltd.
• Steel Eversendai Engineering Qatar

About Sun Tower

Sun Tower is the shorter of two towers that rise alongside the monumental portico of The Gate project like welcoming torches (Sky Tower being the other). The façades of the towers are adorned with a series of crystals that sparkle in the sunlight. The elliptical shape reduces wind resistance and its perimeter columns provide a tube structure effect. Within the elliptical form the spaces are organized orthogonally. Certain rooms cantilever beyond the elliptical skin. From the exterior they form a series of vertical bands that emphasize the vertical thrust of the tower. From within they create a series of spaces that project into space. Giant bay windows become rooms in the sky; conference rooms, living rooms and executive offices with the ultimate three-sided corner condition.

The residences are designed for maximum views. The façade curvature emphasizes the panoramic perspective. Expansive windowed areas flood the spaces with natural light. Rooms flow gracefully into each other with minimum circulation for a contemporary lifestyle.

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

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