One Za’abeel mixed-use complex is currently under construction in Dubai. Designed by Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei, and developed by Ithra Dubai, the latest addition is a mixed-use two towers project with a horizontal connection housing one of the world’s largest cantilevers. The suspended bridge that will link the two towers together floats 100 metres above the ground and will be called The Linx. The innovative design of One Za'abeel puts in place twin skyscrapers, rising over a total built-up area of 470,700 square meters. Tower A, standing at 300 meters tall, will host offices and a hotel, the world’s first vertical resort, whereas Tower B, standing at 235 meters tall, will be primarily oriented towards residential units. One Za'abeel Tower is scheduled for completion by 2021.
The towers use “water-to-water heat pumps for centralized domestic hot water systems and treated sewage effluent water for irrigation”. The energy-efficient design also focuses on facade systems and incorporates “the latest smart technologies to provide automation and energy optimization of office electrical, lighting, air conditioning, and ventilation systems”.
Granted two prestigious awards in 2019, the Construction Innovation Awards for Best Innovative Project of the Year and Big Project ME’s Mixed-Use Project of the year and Big Project ME’s Mixed-Use Project of the Year, One Za’abeel is aiming for a Gold LEED certification.