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How Aluminum Meets Art in Dubai’s High-Rise Architecture

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6/25/2024

How Aluminum Meets Art in Dubai’s High-Rise Architecture

Dubai’s impressive skyscraper landscape fuses art with engineering to produce some of the world’s tallest and most stunning structures. The city’s construction industry relies heavily on aluminum – a malleable, lightweight metal – in its design and fabrications for high-rise architecture.

In this blog, we explore aluminum’s artful role in the aesthetics of Dubai’s high-rise architecture, including its beauty, utility, some iconic skyscraper examples, and the artistic versatility afforded by Technal’s aluminum door offerings.

Aluminum’s Beauty

Design Freedom

As a naturally flexible material, aluminum gives architects the freedom to experiment with form and style, turning mundane structures into magnificent pieces of art. Molded into elaborate designs, it’s the perfect material for stunning, practical facades. Cladding designs made from aluminum provide sleek, contemporary appearances that can be tailored to suit the unique character of each structure.

Reflection

Aluminum’s most profound aesthetic quality is its bright, reflective nature. Aluminum surfaces can be finished to have a mirror-like polish, or anodized to offer a range of colors and textures. This versatility enables designers to experiment with light and shadows, producing dramatic effects that transform as the day progresses and the weather changes. In a city like Dubai, where sunlight is plentiful, reflectivity is a highly beneficial trait.

Complements Glass

Aluminum’s properties have made it a perfect partner for glass in the modern skyscraper. Aluminum framing provides strong support for large glass panels, producing strong, beautiful facades. The natural partnership between aluminum and glass creates transparent walls and windows that provide stunning views of the surrounding cityscape, while maintaining the structural integrity of the building. Aluminum doors and door glass are a testament to this perfect partnership, offering durable, elegant entrances.

Aluminum’s Utility in High-Rise Architecture

Light, but Strong

Aluminum is a lightweight metal yet possesses amazing strength. Its strength-to-weight ratio minimizes the total load on a building’s foundation and support beams, and allows architects to construct taller, thinner buildings. In the art of skyscraper construction, minimizing weight without compromising strength is a major advantage.

Resists Corrosion

Another major benefit of aluminum is its natural corrosion resistance. In a coastal city like Dubai, buildings are constantly exposed to high humidity levels and salty sea air that can quickly degrade more traditional building materials. Aluminum withstands these tough conditions, ensuring durable, low-maintenance structures that require less expense and effort to maintain over their entire life.

Energy Efficient

In a city where temperatures regularly reach extreme levels, thermal properties of building materials must be taken into account (or avoided if possible). Aluminum possesses remarkable thermal properties that maintain interior temperatures, saving energy. When combined with high-performance glazing solutions, aluminum framing can significantly cut the amount of heat that enters the exterior.

Technal: Shaping Skylines with Innovation

 

Technal produces a range of architectural aluminum products. These are functional and inspire creativity while also providing outstanding performance.

SOLEAL NEXT: The Art of Versatility

A door system that can transform itself? Almost. The SOLEAL NEXT door offers extensive design possibilities, including invisible hinges, a wide choice of colours, and can be integrated into facades. This pushes the envelope of architectural design without compromising on performance. Here are some of the SOLEAL NEXT highlights:

  • Large dimensions to create wide openings and allow stunning views.
  • Several opening modes including single or double action, hinged or pivoting.
  • Safety and accessibility finger protection, anti-bacterial nano coating on handles, low threshold.
  • Performance high acoustic insulation, weather tight and fire resistant.
  • Sustainable design using recycled aluminum and without PVC components.

AMBIAL: The Art of Folding Open the City

Technal’s range of folding door systems includes the AMBIAL, an engineering and design feat. These doors can fully open inward or outward, creating a seamless transition between indoors and out and an endless sense of space. AMBIAL doors offer panoramic views and natural light when open, the perfect canvas to demonstrate the artistry of the Dubai skyline. Key features of  AMBIAL include:

  • Robust and easy-to-use AMBIAL doors can resist heavy traffic and remain smooth for easy operation.
  • Sleek design with hidden rollers and fixings.
  • A wide array of configurations to fit any architectural style, such as straight lines or open corners.
  • Weather resistance doors can resist the most severe weather conditions.

SOLEAL 55/65: The Art of Understated Elegance

For projects looking for a classic and elegant look, Technal’s 55 and 65mm door systems are the answer. SOLEAL 55/65 doors provide clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic, allowing the architecture to speak for itself. Here’s why:

  • Several opening modes hinged, pivot and ‘tube’ doors.
  • High-performance thermal insulation to ensure energy efficiency and a comfortable indoor climate.
  • Slim sightlines with minimal aluminium profiles.
  • Concealed drainage
  • Wide array of locks to fit the required security level.

TITANE: The Art of Strength and Security

For large buildings and high-traffic areas, Technal’s TITANE doors are the perfect solution. These doors are robust and designed to withstand heavy traffic while retaining a slender and stylish aesthetic. Here are some of the TITANE highlights:

  • Large dimensions to fit wide openings and allow easy traffic flow.
  • Exceptional endurance 1 million test cycles, ideal for locations with intensive traffic.

Aluminum-clad Skyscraper Icons

Burj Khalifa

No blog covering Dubai’s construction industry would be complete without a mention of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Aluminum is a vital component in the tower’s design and construction. The building’s exterior facade is clad in a combination of reflective glazing, aluminum, and textured stainless steel spandrel panels, boosting the tower’s stunning aesthetics and structural performance.

The Opus by Zaha Hadid

Another impressive example of aluminum’s role in the aesthetics of high-rise architecture is the Opus, designed by Iraqi-Zaha Hadid. This building’s free-form appearance and flowing curves wouldn’t be possible without aluminum panels that can be custom-cut to conform to the unique structure. The building’s reflective aluminum and glass facade produces a stunning, dynamic effect that makes the Opus a truly iconic feature on Dubai’s skyline.

Cayan Tower

Dubai’s twisted skyscraper, Cayan Tower, is another impressive example of aluminum’s utility in high-rise architecture. This 80-story building’s helical form rotates 90 degrees from its base to its summit, and is encased in an aluminum and glass facade that gives it a sleek, contemporary look. Aluminum solutions for the facade made the tower’s unique shape possible, while providing the structural stability needed to maintain its strong, twisted form.

Conclusion

Technal is at the forefront of delivering aluminum solutions that offer as much in artistic aesthetics as they do functionality. From the SOLEAL NEXT, which offers architects and builders almost unlimited horizontal and vertical layout options, to the AMBIAL all-glass facade system, which offers enormous open views, Technal aluminum is helping to create masterpieces all across Dubai.

From the high-rise buildings and towers, to the futuristic and novel shapes, right down to the detailed and elegant lines, Technal aluminum is the paint, and architects wield the brush.