The U Bora tower rises 67 stories from the ground in a grand gesture towards the sky. Its level-by-level lighting rises in tandem with each floor’s progress from the lobby to the sky. It’s most fascinating lighted element is a strong vertical illuminated accent, drawing the gesture full-circle by ascending from the ground-up on one facade, and from the skydown on the opposite facade.
The 250-meter-high U Bora office tower is located in the middle of business bay in Dubai, UAE. The architectural design intent was to provide the maximum amount of prime views. Oriented orthogonally to the street on the ground floor, the four faces of the tower actually begin to twist as they increase in height. The façade’s vertical thermometer further accents this unique curvature of the building. The main circulation is located in a centralized core, which allows for maximizing usable areas and window space. Furthermore, the square footage of the floors increases toward the top of the 58-story tower. The bottom floors start at 1,100m² while the top floors are 2,000m², making the tower’s total square footage 80,000m². The mixed-use complex within which the tower is located contains 7,000m² of retail space, a 10,000m² public outdoor deck and a large, 30,000m² residential block. The juxtaposition of this shorter 16-story residential tower purposefully refrains from competing with the height of its neighboring tower and instead horizontally stretches along the lake, thereby providing maximum views of the water.