Ocean Heights

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Height: Occupied
288.6 m / 947 ft
Height: To Tip
310 m / 1,017 ft
Height: Architectural
310 m / 1,017 ft
Ocean Heights Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Tower GFA
113,416 m² / 1,220,800 ft²
# of Apartments
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Ocean Heights
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United Arab Emirates
City Dubai
Street Address & Map Plot No. 392-188 Al Sufouh Road
Building Function residential
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2010
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #143 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #26 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #24 Tallest in United Arab Emirates
City Ranking #21 Tallest in Dubai

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer DAMAC Properties Group
Design Aedas
Architect of Record ECG Engineering Consultants Group
Structural Engineer
Design Meinhardt
MEP Engineer
Design Ian Banham and Associates
Main Contractor Arabtec
Other Consultant
Façade ALT Limited
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Cladding Alumco
• Concrete CCL
• Construction Hoists Alimak Hek
• Paint/Coating Jotun
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation; Sika Services AG

About Ocean Heights

Ocean Heights is located in the Dubai Marina development, making an immediate visual impact through a combination of soaring height and the geometry of its form. The building immediately starts to twist its three faces at the base. As it rises, the tower’s floor plates reduce in size, allowing the rotation to become even more pronounced. The building rises over its neighbors. This movement allows two faces of the building unobstructed views of the ocean. The tower breaks away from the orthogonal grid and reorients the project toward one of Dubai’s Palm Islands to the north.

A challenging aspect of the design was accommodating the client’s strict requirement of unit layouts within a challenging envelope. What resulted was a rational 4m (13ft) module, which tracks its way down through the entire building and only changes at the façade. This also considerably simplified the structural system of the project. The shear walls were placed perpendicular to the mean of the two most extreme angles of the façade. This was done to soften the relationship between façade and partitions minimizing how “off-perpendicular” the relationship becomes.

CTBUH Initiatives

Twisting Tall Buildings
18 Aug 2016 – CTBUH Research

CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal Paper

Research Papers

Tall Buildings: Imaginative Façades Solutions
May 2013 – DesignBuild Source

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I

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