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Unbuilt Project – Helix Tower at Abu Dhabi, UAE, by Design Forum International

Iconic Residential Tower that allows one views of Sun Rise and Sunset.

Programme – Residential Tower

The Helix - Design Forum International-Abu DhabiGarden apartments with planters running all along the periphery of the balcony that surrounds the home and a 25 ft. by 40 ft. verandah that protrudes beyond the balcony line allowing fantastic sky views Also this extended verandah staggers helically as we move upwards along the tower creating a bold helical design element that envelopes the tower.

The Helix - Design Forum International
The Plan

The experiential journey from the entrance security area to the ground level foyer is intriguing much like the slow unpeeling of an onion. The helix theme is being captured at all levels including the six level cascading pool near the entrance. The pleasant soothing sound of water welcomes you as one approaches the foyer. The apartments start at the fifth floor leaving only an atomized lift, stairs and service core at the center. This leaves us a lot of volume enabling us to create an artistic and experientially rich entrance foyer that dissolves the contrast between indoor and outdoor spaces, at the same time enriching the foyer with luxurious amenities. The fourth floor accommodates a feature rich clubhouse that opens out onto the spiraling down pool deck.

Conceptual Sketches:

The top five floor of the 45 floor tower are also kept for services and recreational activities and shall offer breathtaking views of the surroundings. The architectural design has sought inspiration from the first principles of life and their correlation with habitats to arrive at the design for this new paradigm in vertical living in consonance with nature. All life must be dynamic with energy flowing smoothly through the live entities. If we look around and observe the geometries of habitats in the universe, we shall find predominance of the spiral pattern in habitats with energies flowing outwards from the center or inwards from the periphery. If we build upon this spiral geometry and extrude it vertically, we get what is called a helical geometry.

At Studio Prescient we have chosen this most naturally appropriate geometry. To create a new model for vertical inhabitation that affords a greater and enhanced connectedness with all the elements: plants, earth, water and air and cosmic forces like the Sun.

We have created The Helix – Ascent of Holistic Habitats.

More visualisations:

The Helix - Design Forum International-Abu Dhabi

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