Dubai Regenerative Tower for the d3 + RIBA Architecture Exhibition

Haptic were delighted to participate in the RIBA Gulf Chapter‘s Dubai Design District Architecture exhibition. Working in collaboration with Ramboll, we developed a thought-leadership piece for this exhibition for a sustainable regenerative tower typology in the middle-east. The piece builds on the concepts of flexibility, circularity and lifespan developed for our previous regenerative tower in Oslo and responds to the middle eastern climate borrowing passive systems from local vernacular and revisiting past successes, like the Dubai World Trade Center’s deep solar shading façade.

The tower maximises flexibility and adaptability to extend its lifespan to +150 years. It seeks to address the challenge of waste in the construction industry and uses a series of ‘maxi-floors’ – innovative, three-storey-high structural decks. The intermediate soft decks are light-weight and interchangeable, to allow the tower to be flexible and reprogrammed over time, according to social and economic conditions.

Inspired by local Emirati and regional vernacular references, the tower uses traditional passive strategies such as courtyards, thermal mass and wind towers in order to reduce operational energy and carbon. The ventilation strategy which takes advantage of the diurnal temperature differences. In the day, prevailing winds from the south allow cross ventilation at upper levels, whilst wind catchers with floor-integrated labyrinths cool air for the lower parts of the tower, reminiscent of the traditional middle eastern wind towers in the region.

To view the exhibition board, please click here: RIBA GC_D3 Exhibition Boards_HAP X RAM_Regen Tower

To read more about the Dubai Regenerative Tower, please click here: Dubai Regenerative Tower