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Futuristic tower in honour of Sheikh Zayed revealed

Futuristic tower in honour of Sheikh Zayed revealed

A proposal for a striking 400m tower in Abu Dhabi, in honour of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was unveiled at Cityscape Abu Dhabi.

Architecture practice AllabinaLCE,  a Libyan/British joint venture, launched its design for the SZ Tower and Knowledge Souk.

The design comprises a tower surrounded by a ‘Knowledge Souk’ at its base – a visitor centre to promote creativity, innovation, research and education.

The tower will accommodate conference facilities, a ‘ vertical university’, library, accommodation, themed hotel and other functions to support long- and short-term visits.

It is inspired by the form of the Arabian cloak (Bisht) and the inner garment (Thawb).  An eco-skeletal wall can support photovoltaics and wind turbines and act as a shading device for the inner wall.

The base of the tower contains a series of pearl-shaped pavilions dedicated to the great thinkers of the world.

AllabinaLCE’s  stand at Cityscape is displaying a  scaled model, drawings and visuals of the tower.

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