The Rolex Tower consists of 30 floors of office space, 25 floors of apartments, capped by two residential penthouses. A 9-storey parking garage and entrance plaza located behind the tower provides direct access to the building’s lobby. The architects addressed the tight urban site by stacking offices, residential units, and amenities, creating the refined columnar shape of the tower. The three-tiered massing, set back at three different levels, expresses the change of uses and creates a unique presence on the skyline.
The building is veiled in a high-performance curtain wall, using 22 varieties of patterned green glass, which fades as it ascends, further expressing the height of the tower. It conveys a range of shading effects which gives the facade its highly distinctive character and helps reduce solar gain within the building, providing shading from the relentless Dubai sun.
The interior design of Rolex Tower responds to the mixed-use nature of the project. The commercial lobby is grand yet minimalist, with high ceilings and a quiet atmosphere. The residential lobby is a more private space and greets visitors with a modern geometric wall installation.
The tower’s structural systems are a composite of concrete core walls, columns, and precast concrete floor slabs, with reinforced concrete outriggers and belt walls at the mechanical levels. The building’s foundation system consists of a raft supported by deep, reinforced concrete bored piles to support the height and narrow body.
The Rolex Tower also features a series of “smart systems” which control the building’s energy use. In addition, the exterior glass reduces the heat load and consumption, filtering daylight and providing a balance between the highly progressive transparent glass and the patterned glass, allowing natural light to enter the building.
TYPE: Mixed use tower
DCC SCOPE: Full turnkey
LOCATION: Dubai - Sheikh Zayed Road
YEAR: Completed in 2010
TOTAL BUILDUP AREA: 78,000 m2
FLOORS: 1 basement, ground and 62 floors (1B+G+62)
FACILITIES: Office & residential tower with a ground floor for premium retail, 31 floors of office space, 25 floors for apartments plus two penthouse levels in addition to 4B+G+9 storey carpark building
CLIENT: Seddiqi & Sons investment LLC
ARCHITECTS: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP