schematic design for Dubai Towers, a four-building complex
planned for the the central business district of an $18-billion
project in Dubai called “The Lagoons,” was unveiled Jan. 8. The
towers range from 54 to 97 stories and emulate four candle
flames swaying in the wind.
“The design represents the enlightenment of the region,” says
Behr Champana, vice president in charge of the project for TVS
International, a design firm with offices in Atlanta and Dubai.
In addition to designing Dubai Towers, TVS was also the master
planner for the entire project.
The Lagoons is a 70-million-sq-ft development by Sama Dubai, the
real estate and investment division of Dubai Holding, one of
many organizations transforming Dubai from a Middle Eastern
desert town to urban center. The Lagoons is to be made up of
seven man-made islands in Dubai Creek. The development will
include residential, retail, office and cultural facilities. The
Lagoons is located next to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
where thousands of flamingos gather. The team is following
international standards for environmentally sensitive design
across all phases of the project, Champana says. The job
includes opening the creek to the Persian Gulf to improve water