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Tower, skyscraper, Michael Schumacher, LAVA, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, snowflake tower, abu dhabi

Designed by Lava – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, the Michael Schumacher Tower is developed as a prototypical design translating brand values into iconic architecture. Also called Snowflake Tower, this skyscraper for Abu Dhabi, UAE, is the first in a series of towers located at strategically chosen locations around the world. The tower marks a departure from traditional architectural thinking and design takes the initiative. The development comprises executive residential suites, luxury amenities, and a marina.

Inspired by the geometrical order of a snowflake and the aerodynamics of a Formula 1 racing car, the tower encapsulates speed, fluid dynamics, future technology and natural patterns of organization. Rather than purely mimicking shapes in nature Lava has learned from nature’s own geometrical orders creating highly efficient structures and intriguing spaces. The design of the tower unfolded as a result of the project’s needs: optimal natural light and air distribution, maximum views, minimal structure, user comfort and a water experience.

The organizational principle of a minimal surface allowed the optimization the façade-floor area ratio so that each apartment in the 59-storey luxury tower has unobstructed ocean views. With intelligent systems and skins, the tower can react to the external influences such as air-pressure, temperature, humidity, solar radiation and pollution. New materials and technology will create robust, lightweight structures capable of adapting to, and harmonizing with, the natural surroundings. The design principle is adapted for each location generating a mix of local and global values.

Tower, skyscraper, Michael Schumacher, LAVA, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, snowflake tower, abu dhabi

Tower, skyscraper, Michael Schumacher, LAVA, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, snowflake tower, abu dhabi

Tower, skyscraper, Michael Schumacher, LAVA, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, snowflake tower, abu dhabi

Tower, skyscraper, Michael Schumacher, LAVA, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, snowflake tower, abu dhabi

Tower, skyscraper, Michael Schumacher, LAVA, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, snowflake tower, abu dhabi

 

 

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