Gateway to financial centre hits its height

Contemporary interpretation of Arc de Triomphe designed by Gensler, topped out

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By  Eudore Chand Published  April 3, 2004

The iconic ‘Gate’ of the Dubai International Financial Centre, has very recently been ‘topped out’. It highlights the contemporary interpretation of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The 15-storey building, designed by global design, planning and strategic consulting firm of Gensler, features a composition of solid stone and stainless steel to form the main arch. According to the architects, transparent glazed elements will emphasise the open space created at the centre of the building. The top of the arch has an open steel lattice to symbolise transparency. The ‘transparent’ look features more than 12 000 m2 of locally produced glass covering the building’s façade. Main contractor, Nasa Multiplex, used two twin-cage Alimak Scando passenger/materials hoists with two cages on each of the glass façade towers. This ensured ease of access to both towers during construction, freeing up the tower cranes for more essential heavy lift duties. Local distributor INMA has been providing spare parts and after-sales service for four Alimak Scando hoists. Nasa is also using eight HEK MSM Super platforms supplied by Al Laith Scaffolding around the exterior. HEK platforms are designed for working heights of up to 200 m and with a payload of up to 4000 kg. The Gate, in addition to housing the DIFC offices at the upper levels, will house the Regulatory Authority and Regional Financial Exchange. It will also provide offices for other financial institutions and businesses. Representing the gateway to the new Dubai Financial District it will offer more than 46 000 m2 of prime office space with retail outlets on the ground floor, and a three-storey basement car park for 1500 vehicles.

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