The Landmark

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Height: Occupied
267.9 m / 879 ft
Height: To Tip
324 m / 1,063 ft
Height: Architectural
324 m / 1,063 ft
The Landmark Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
8 m/s
Tower GFA
158,645 m² / 1,707,641 ft²
Development GFA
158,645 m² / 1,707,641 ft²
# of Apartments
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name The Landmark
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United Arab Emirates
City Abu Dhabi
Street Address & Map 8th Street
Building Function residential / office
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2004
Construction Start 2006
Completion 2013
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #114 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #23 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #21 Tallest in United Arab Emirates
City Ranking #3 Tallest in Abu Dhabi

Companies Involved

Design Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Structural Engineer
Design BuroHappold Engineering
MEP Engineer
Design BuroHappold Engineering
Project Manager EC Harris
Main Contractor Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises; Consolidated Contractors International Company S.A.L.
Other Consultant
• Civil BuroHappold Engineering
Façade Envolventes Arquitectonicas - ENAR; Priedemann Facade Experts; EPPAG
• Façade Maintenance REEF Associates Ltd
• Fire BuroHappold Engineering
• Geotechnical BuroHappold Engineering
• Landscape Applied Landscape Design
• Life Safety BuroHappold Engineering
• Lighting Isometrix/Inverse
• Quantity Surveyor Davis Langdon
• Vertical Transportation Hilson Moran Partnership Ltd.
• Wind Alan G. Davenport Wind Engineering Group
Material Supplier
• Cladding Alico
• Concrete Unibeton
• Elevator Mitsubishi Elevator and Escalator
• Façade Maintenance Equipment Secalt S.A.
• Formwork Doka GmbH
• Paint/Coating Jotun
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation
• Steel Seele

About The Landmark

The Landmark is a office and residential tower on the Corniche, Abu Dhabi’s grand waterfront crescent. Standing apart from the city’s other tall buildings, the tower is visible on all sides and has panoramic views of the Persian Gulf and the surrounding islands. The Landmark’s design — the winner of an international competition — uses local precedents to be environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive.

To address the challenging desert weather conditions, the Landmark was conceived as a series of layered screens, which form a protective wrapper extending from the building’s conditioned envelope. While the building is contemporary in appearance, this approach evokes the use of screens in vernacular Arabic architecture. The plan of the building also has a cultural precedent. Its geometry is based on the dodecagon, the 12-sided figure frequently used in Islamic art. The tower top, which hosts a substantial sky garden, uses the temperature gradient and higher wind speed to reduce the need for cooling, a traditional practice in the Gulf region.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper

Research Papers

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I

An Aesthetics of Sustainability
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 New York Conference

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