Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The cable structure on the surface of the eight perimeter tubes that make up the Al Sharq tower comprises a series of individual cables-up to 2 inches in diameter and spaced 60 inches apart-that skim the surface and are anchored to the structural members of the shear walls extending out from the core. The tubes taper as the shear walls between them get thicker at the building's base, and the cables are gathered and attached in groups to the building's foundation.

Floor plan The residential units (the lowest of which is 130 feet off the ground to ensure good views) can occupy multiple clover-leaf spaces created by the gathered tubes. The building has amenities floors above the 82-foot-tall lobby and at the penthouse level, plus three full floors to accommodate the massive M/E/P system.

Typical unit The residential units (the lowest of which is 130 feet off the ground to ensure good views) can occupy multiple clover-leaf spaces created by the gathered tubes. The building has amenities floors above the 82-foot-tall lobby and at the penthouse level, plus three full floors to accommodate the massive M/E/P system.

Structural cable system The core has reinforced concrete shear walls that extend out to the perimeter between each cable-wrapped tube. This extensive structural support is what allows the tower's height on such a small footprint.

The core has reinforced concrete shear walls that extend out to the perimeter between each cable-wrapped tube. This extensive structural support is what allows the tower's height on such a small footprint.

The core has reinforced concrete shear walls that extend out to the perimeter between each cable-wrapped tube. This extensive structural support is what allows the tower's height on such a small footprint.

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