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Nikken Sekkei-designed Reem Tower to break ground in mid-2018

Main construction works for Abu Dhabi’s 44-storey Reem Tower are expected to commence in mid-2018, according to the project’s designer, Nikken Sekkei.

The Japanese architecture firm told Construction Week that the 335-unit residential project is likely to take approximately two and a half years to complete, depending on approvals.

Launched by developer National Bonds Corporation (NBC) at Cityscape Global 2017 in Dubai, the 172m-tall Reem Tower project will be situated in the northeast of Al Reem Island’s Marina Square.

The development will boast a built-up area of 87,075m2, and will offer parking for 500 vehicles.

Speaking to Construction Week on the sidelines of Cityscape Global, Fadi Jabri, Nikken Sekkei’s executive officer and principal with responsibility for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and India regions, said: “We’ve been working with NBC to design Reem Tower for the last few months. We’ve created the concept, so the next stage will be to create a detailed design for the building’s architecture, interior design (ID), and landscaping.”

“I think that Reem Tower will break ground in the middle of next year,” Jabri continued. “It should take two to two and a half years [to construct,] but that depends on the approval process.”

NBC and Nikken Sekkei considered several configurations before settling on the final concept design for Reem Tower. The 172m, 335-unit layout offered the optimal design for a luxury residential project, according to Jabri.

“This particular development is interesting because of the way in which [the client] controlled the volume,” he commented. “You are limited in terms of the number of units that can be included, so if you want to build an efficient tower, this is the height that you will achieve.

“We explored the possibility of having a slimmer and much taller tower, [but it was not] financially attractive,” Jabri added. “Our focus was space optimisation, which is a good trend. Now, you have a really [efficient] building.”

Upon completion, Reem Tower will include 216 two-bedroom apartments, 117 three-bedroom apartments, and two four-bedroom apartments.

The building’s swimming zone will feature an infinity pool, a Jacuzzi, a children’s pool, a water deck, a dry deck, and a lounge. Reem tower’s garden zone will boast a children’s playground, a yoga and exercise lawn, a pavilion, and a green corridor. A gymnasium, a squash court, and a sauna will also be included.

Al Reem Island is located 300m from the north-eastern coast of Abu Dhabi city, and is connected to the mainland by two bridges.

During Cityscape, the architects also showcased two of its supertall designs for Dubai: One Za’abeel and Forte Towers.