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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

23 Marina, Dubai


IAnD Exclusive

By Savitha Hira
Photography: courtesy Architect Hafeez Contractor    

23 Marina, Dubai, World's second tallest residential building, Marina Waterfront, Hafeez Contractor

23 Marina, the exclusive waterfront address overlooking the azure blue waters of the man-made Marina Waterfront in Dubai, was until August 2012, considered the world’s tallest residential tower at 392m...

The building is designed by India’s numero uno Ar. Hafeez Contractor, whose passion for buildings seems to be escalating like his structures – rising high into the skies, as if aspiring for the ultimate touch!

23 Marina, Dubai, World's second tallest residential building, Marina Waterfront, Hafeez Contractor
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The 90-storey tower hosts a combination of luxurious 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and 48 lavish duplexes with varying vistas; it offers unique features such as private elevators, open deck plunge pools and private Jacuzzis. The imposing 6-storey entrance offers a dramatic sense of entry into the tower; besides amenities that boast of a health spa, landscaped garden, jogging track, indoor and temperature controlled pools etc.

23 Marina, Dubai, World's second tallest residential building, Marina Waterfront, Hafeez Contractor
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In the chic urbane locality dotted with hi-end retail establishments and international eateries, the octagonal tower in composite aluminium and blue glass with a spire at its pinnacle stands apart as a lofty landmark.

23 Marina, Dubai, World's second tallest residential building, Marina Waterfront, Hafeez Contractor
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While the basic form of the building has been derived from its adherence to zoning regulations with restrictive ground coverage, Hafeez altered the initially planned oval form to octagonal to counter wind loads owing to vertex movement.   With the requisite structural stability into place, the podiums and protruding triangular balconies that contrast with its distinct profile accentuate the mechanics of the design. The triangular canopies covering the terrace and embracing the spire further streamline the form and give it a dynamic disposition.

Developmental Sketches

Known for his distinctive buildings and his views on skyscrapers, Hafeez has designed a handful of buildings in Dubai alone, each one different in terms of use, purpose and aesthetics. An advocate of intense vertical development to save the land, his designs are based on the need for sustainable compact cities, connected centres of social and commercial activities, community based society, rich urban landscaping and proximity reducing waste of energy. 


With this as his latest offering on the world map, closer home, the architect is still striving to lay special emphasis on social housing to irradiate the housing shortage in the country and realize his dream of providing a house for every Indian. 




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