• 1d_2
  • 1d_3
  • 1d_4
  • 1d_5
  • 1d_6
  • 1d_8
  • 1d_9
  • 1d_10
  • 1d_11
  • 1d_12
  • 1d_13
  • 1d_14
  • 1d_15
  • 1d_16
  • 1d_17
  • 1d_18
  • 1d_19
  • 1d_20
  • 1d_21
  • 1d_22
  • 1d_23
  • 1d_24
  • 1d_cover


1 Dubai

Download Project PDF

1 Dubai

1 Dubai is a trio of supertall towers of staggered heights (each at least 600 meters) joined near the base, creating one of the tallest and largest megastructures in the world.

A city within a city, this giant mixed-use project will be the centerpiece of Dubai’s Jumeirah Gardens development and of Dubai itself. On its tripedal base, 1 Dubai rises over a canal that forms an oasis in the center. From there, viewers will be able to gaze up through the great atrium-like space between the three towers. At night, a virtual “fourth tower”—a giant beam of light—will lance up through the atrium, creating a shining beacon at the city’s center.

On special occasions, the oasis will transform itself into one of the world’s most unique event and performance spaces, with a floating stage surrounded by barges doubling as seating banks. There will be state-of-the-art sound and light shows featuring giant holograms projected in the air and on the building’s mosaic-like glass and aluminum skin. 
High above, a series of three-story skybridges, or “plazas in the sky,” connect the towers as they taper upward. The skybridges will afford breathtaking views of the Gulf and the city, help stabilize the towers structurally and facilitate interfloor circulation between them.

1 Dubai includes two world-class (five- and six-star) hotels, office and retail space and some of the world’s highest condominiums—including a number of exclusive, double-height penthouse units in the top levels of the three towers. In corner penthouse units, columns have been removed at the corners for unobstructed views. The tallest tower will also feature one of the world’s highest exclusive club/observation halls.

Other facilities and amenities include two trading floors with 8.4 meter (18 feet) floor-to-ceiling heights; ballrooms; conference facilities; and a spa with full-size basketball courts, volleyball courts and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

1 Dubai also takes full advantage of a variety of cutting-edge sustainability technologies, with special emphasis on photovoltaics to generate solar energy.

15 jan 09 | L'esspresso (Translated from Italian)
The new design is born
Every great architect has his own specialty. The Iraqi Zaha Hadid prefers fluid forms, the self-educated Tadao Ando is famous for his minimalist rigor... MORE

nov 08 | identity
The future is now
The best of design today's was celebrated and the outlook for the future mapped out at Cityscape Dubai, with the focus on sustainable projects providing a more eco-friendly tomorrow... MORE

nov 08 | Cityscape Magazine
New look for old
As Dubai's ongoing transformation migrates from the periphery of the city into its more established neighbourhoods, Clair Malcolm asks Meraas Development whether the US$95 billion Jumeira Gardens project truly represents the future of community living in the emirate... MORE

14 oct 08 | Building
The tallest building in the world: the contenders
Five new towers have been proposed for the Middle East recently with each claiming the mantle 'world's tallest building'... MORE

9 oct 08 | World Architecture News
Meraas development taps Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill for megaproject
Despite the global credit crunch, construction is booming in Dubai. The Dubai based development company, Meraas announced this week that it has commissioned Chicago architect Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to design four new projects worth approximately $15 billion... MORE

8 oct 08 | The Chicago Sun-Times
Looking Up...
Lenders fell trends favor apartment projects... MORE

7 oct 08 | The Chicago Tribune
Chicago architects plan more towers in Dubai
Against a backdrop of nose-diving world markets, it sounds like a comic book fantasy: Three closely bunched, mega-skyscrapers would shoot in the sky, connected by skybridges and grand arches... MORE

6 oct 08 | The National
Dubai sees no reason to stop scraping skies
Dubai rolled out some of its most ambitious projects, even as stock markets around the world plunged again and global credit markets contracted further... MORE

6 oct 08 | The National
Meraas tower to join Dubai's buildings in the sky
Meraas Development, a new Dubai Government-controlled property company, announced its Dh350bn Jumeirah Gardens project at Cityscape today... MORE

6 oct 08 | The National
Cityscape shines amid global gloom
Meraas Development yesterday unveiled Cityscape Dubai's centrepiece project, the Jumeirah Gardens, a Dh350 billion (US $98.2bn) development that will boast one of the world's tallest buildings comprised of three towers linked by sky bridges... MORE

oct 08 | AS+GG Press Release
New Master Developer Meraas Development commissions Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to design $15 billion development in Dubai, including several of the world's tallest towers
Meraas Development, a new Dubai-based master development firm, has commissioned Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to design four new projects worth approximately $15 billion... MORE

2 jun 08 | Crain's Chicago Business
Smith + Gill wins Dubai deal
$7-bil. development a boost for young firm... MORE

9 may 08 | Gulf News
Dubai gives the necessary freedom designers need
He has designed some of the world's tallest towers, but does not live in one... MORE

4 may 08 | Gulf News
Dubai will become city of supertowers
Iconic landmarks will be part of cluster of 11 projects worth DH25B... MORE

Meraas Development

MEP Engineering
Environmental Systems Design, Inc.

Halvorson & Partners