Tall emblem structure for Za'abeel Park in Dubai


2967 teams, with 4651 architects from 106 countries were admitted to participate in the Award. 926 projects were received by the organizers during the official reception period.

First Prize
Dubai Frame by Fernando Donis (Netherlands)

Second Prize
Magic Mirror by Luo Siwei (China)

The following Third Prizes (without order between them) for the following projects:
- The Flying Colors of Dubai by Hongbo Lu (Canada)
- Big Beam by Marta Pozo (France) & Ferrán Yusta (Netherlands)
- The Mirage by Alejandro Rios (Spain)

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This International Architecture Competition is called in order to select the Architect who will be entrusted with the architectural design idea of a Tall Emblem Structure to promote the new face of Dubai located in Za’abeel Park in the centre of the city, with views over the main transport artery Sheikh Zayed Road and surrounding skyscrapers as well as other relevant areas of the city. The winning proposal may be built subject to the approval and adoption of H.H. the Ruler of Dubai.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International Architecture Project Competition
Genre Tower
Country Dubai, United Arab Emirates
RegDeadline 31 August 2008 GoogleCal iCal
31 January 2009 (Must be Postmarked) GoogleCal
Eligibility Architects

The competitors shall design a tall emblem structure and consider the following aspects:
- It shall be a tall and unique landmark. The maximum total height of the Structure shall not exceed 170m DMD. It should be noted that the Competition Site is located adjacent to the parameter of Dubai International Airport Aviation Corridor (map available showing indicative height constraints).
- The built form should provide a meaning and symbolizing the significant new face of Dubai and/or refer to its historical development.
- The Structure shall not include commercial offices and residential premises.
- The existing buildings (restaurant, public toilets, and services building) adjacent to the Competition Site must be preserved and incorporated in the vision of the proposal.
- The proposal must preserve, consider and incorporate the landscape elements adjacent to the Competition Site.
- The proposal shall contain up to 2 storey podium for cultural and conference facilities. The latter shall include local children library; and a conference space for a total of 100 persons that can be divided into 3 conference rooms where required. The total floor area for such facilities shall be approximately 800 sq.m. A basement parking for 30 car may be considered as well.
- The proposal shall contain a café (total floor area 150 sq.m) at higher appropriate altitude with additional viewing outdoor platforms as per the designer suggestion. The café can be on 2 levels.
- The design of the library and café shall be conceptual at this stage (shell and core- showing entrance, major circulation and spaces).
- The designer may consider any appropriate innovative forms, construction technique, and materials.
- The proposal shall be responsive to local climate condition and the green building principles where appropriate; townscape and scenic aspects; and wind-force and seismic aspects in the region (we shall provide more info about the wind and codes….etc).

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Municipality
H.E. Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality
Javier del Pozo Portillo, President ThyssenKrupp Elevator Business Unit Southern Europe, Africa & Middle East
Jaime Duró y Pifarre, former President of the International Union of architects
Rafael de la Hoz Castanys, Architect
Dalila ElKerdany, Architect
Nabil Gholam, Architect
Zaha Hadid, Architect
Imad Hassan, Architect
Josep Luis Mateo, Architect
Tarek Naga, Architect
Antonio Ortíz García, Architect
Alfonso Vegara, Architect
Cino Zucchi, Architect

Judging Process
One-Stage, Anonymous

First Prizes: $ 100,000 + Design commission
Second Prizes: $ 50,000
Third Prizes: $20,000

Entry Fee

Maximum of 5 rigid and flexible A1 panels
The written description of the project is limited to 5 A4 pages

Submission Address
Rupak Manvatkar/Louisa Kellie
DUBAI OFFICE - Head Office
ThyssenKrupp Elevator (UAE) LLC
Al Sayegh (Al Durrah # 4) Building, Office 203,
Street No. 55, Al Garhoud,
P.O.Box 27278 - Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
Tel:(+971) 4 286 5277

Announcement of the results: May 2009
official awards ceremony in Dubai: May 2009
Competition exhibition: May 2009

ThyssenKrupp Elevator and Dubai Municipality

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