C43 – Sarayah Tower
The scheme is composed of 3 vertical components, defined by 2 ‘cut’s through the building form. The cuts provide orientation and daylight to the internal common areas on the apartment floors and views to the city and gulf, while the 3 components wrap and cloak the building from east to west to frame and define the key accommodation.
Opaque principal facades of highly buffed white precast concrete, are presented to the busy east Meena St elevation, providing a grounding of the tower at street and podium level. Open framed or ‘legged’ facades are offered to the west to capitalize on the gulf water views.
To the north, the tower creates a dialogue with the neighbouring Hard Rock Hotel by offering reflections in a large expanse of glass curtain wall and introduction of subtle curves. To the south, screening from high level sun is achieved by a series of carefully placed horizontal blade louvers, with occupants at upper tower levels being afforded uninterrupted and distant views to the Corniche and Emirates Palace.
At podium level, a suspended white marble ‘box’ defines both the high end retail corner below, and restaurant deck above. The central open framed tower component defines the main building entry at ground level along with a cantilevering concrete canopy.