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Video: Calatrava’s Dubai Observation Tower Passes Wind Tunnel Testing

Video: Calatrava’s Dubai Observation Tower Passes Wind Tunnel Testing

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, Santiago Calatrava's competition-winning "landmark" residential and observation tower in Dubai, has passed through wind tunnel tests, confirming the structural strength of the project. When complete, the project will constitute the heart of a 6 square kilometer master-planned community set by the historic Dubai Creek and only 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport.

Read more after the break and check out the visualization of the project above.

Video: Calatrava’s Dubai Observation Tower Passes Wind Tunnel Testing, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava
Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

The analysis put a scale model of the building through 12 different tests, some of which were developed specifically for the structure, which will be anchored to the ground with a system of cables. The results of the tests will be used to determine the final height of the project, as well as to optimize the building form for aerodynamics. In addition to the wind tests, the project underwent a comprehensive set of seismic and climate studies, pushing the tower one step closer to realization.

Said Santiago Calatrava, “From the materials selection to the technology used, every aspect of The Tower has been designed and developed according to the strictest international safety standards. The wind tunnel tests were an important component in the structural design stage, and we have deployed innovative engineering techniques to confirm the strength of the new icon.”

The tower is planned for a site in Dubai Creek Harbor near the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, and was inspired by the "natural forms of the lily and evokes the shape of a minaret, a distinctive architectural feature in Islamic culture."

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Patrick Lynch
Cite: Patrick Lynch. "Video: Calatrava’s Dubai Observation Tower Passes Wind Tunnel Testing" 29 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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