Anara Tower

Developer Tameer Holding has another iconic tower in the works for Dubai called Anara Tower.  Designed by Atkins, the 600 meter (~1969 feet) tower won’t be as tall as the world’s tallest tower, Burj Dubai, which is ~707 meter (~2,320 feet), but it’s not too far behind.  With 125 stories, Anara will have office space, 300 residential apartments, 250 hotel keys, and all sorts of other luxury amenities, such as pools, shops, and sky gardens every 27 floors. The design was inspired by the minaret, tall spires near Muslim mosques, with a purpose of being instantly recognizable worldwide. 

Tameer Holding has a goal of seeking LEED Silver certification, although, based purely on these renderings, I don’t think they’re going for SSc8.  (You might be a LEED AP if you’re laughing at this right now.)  All joking aside, Device Daily reports that some of the Energy & Atmosphere and Water Efficiency credits may be difficult to capture with this project.  I imagine Atkins has all that worked out, though. 

Anara Tower will be located on Sheikh Zayed Road at the entrance of Dubai Media City.  Construction on Anara Tower is rumored to begin in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Anara Tower

Anara Tower Rendering

[+] A LEED Certified Skyscraper Coming to Dubai [Device Daily]
[+] Fit for a Sheikh [Building]

As a side note, I don’t want to wrongfully impute anything to this project, but it’s hard to talk about Dubai architecture without mentioning the social and environment issues.  New buildings rise and the workers that create them are, as mentioned in this Guardian article, treated like slaves or 19th Century industrial workers.  Additionally, Thom Mayne warns that Dubai is set for an ecological disaster — I mean, there’s raw sewage washing up near popular beaches.  And with social conditions as they are, the entire scenario is absolutely ridiculous.

Rendering credits: Atkins.