Ground broken on LEED Gold-seeking Dubai skyscraper

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The tower will rise to a total height of 282.3 m (926 ft) and be topped by three executive suites(Credit: Foster + Partners)

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Foster + Partners recently began work on a new mixed-use 53 story skyscraper in Dubai's International Financial Center district. Due for completion in late 2018, the US$1 billion ICD Brookfield Place is slated for LEED Gold certification.

Jointly developed by Investment Corporation of Dubai and Brookfield Property Partners, the 1.5 million sq ft (139,354 sq m) project will include over 900,000 sq ft (83,612 sq m) of office space and a five-story 150,000 sq ft (13,935 sq m) retail center that features dining and fitness facilities and a public garden.

ICD Brookfield Place will rise to a total height of 282.3 m (926 ft) and be topped by three executive suites that boast private indoor gardens and uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa.

A large public realm will be created during the project and the tower will be connected to large pedestrian pathways which the developers say will be architecturally interesting. In addition, seven underground car parking levels will accommodate up to 2,700 vehicles.

The tower is slated for LEED Gold (a green building standard) certification, which implies at least some degree of sustainable design. Its overall form will also be shaped to reflect the sunlight, which sounds interesting if potentially hazardous, given the furore over London's so-called "Walkie-Scorchie."

Gizmag contacted the firm and was told it has no details to share on the sustainable features or sunlight-reflecting form yet, but we can expect these to emerge as the project progresses.

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