‘Starchitecture’: Another iconic building is coming to DIFC

DIFC is getting another architectural stunner in its skyline.

ICD Brookfield Place will be a 53-storey office and retail tower in DIFC, and construction has just begun.

The great news? The project is helmed by architect firm Foster + Partners.

Lord Norman Foster and his team are responsible for the bold Gotham-City-like Index Tower in DIFC, the Masdar masterplan in Abu Dhabi and the stunning, under-construction Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island. The design of the museum is based on an abstraction of the UAE’s iconic sand dunes:

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Foster + Partners are also behind Chap Lap Kok Airport in Hong Kong and The Gherkin in London.

The new DIFC project will feature a 150,000-square-foot retail centre (to put that into perspective, Mercato Mall has 247,000 square foot of retail). The centre will feature shopping, dining, fitness and private club facilities.

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There will also be super-swanky ‘sky suites’ at the top of the office tower that boast terraces and open gardens with uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa (now that’s living like a boss).

Sitting 31 metres above ground will be an 18,000 square foot landscaped public area where they will host a bunch of arts and cultural events. This public garden will be linked to a “food emporium” – we’re not sure what that means exactly, but it sounds right up our alley.

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Foster + Partners goes on to explain their goals for the building as creating a combination of: “World class office space with a major civic plaza. Our aim is to enhance the urban character of the DIFC, putting public spaces at the very heart of the design. The new office tower – on target to achieve a LEED Gold rating – is shaped to reflect the sunlight, and is surrounded by a rich mix of easily accessible terraced spaces, that create a vibrant and lively extension to the DIFC.”

Here’s what it will look like from top to toe:

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