- KPM Tower was a 40-storey residential building under development in Dubai Marina, Dubai.
- The development will contain an estimated 360 units.
- The building will contain a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as penthouses and villas.
- Construction began in 2009.
- The architect of the project is Dimensions Engineering Consultants.
- The project is located on plot 9D.
- From KPM Tower it takes roughly 21 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 13 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 19 minutes to Burj Al Arab and four minutes to The Walk JBR.
- Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 29 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 34 minutes' drive. All durations are calculated by Google Maps and assume the fastest route in typical traffic conditions.
K.P.M Tower, the name stands for 'Katherine Price Mondadori', is a residential building project in Dubai Marina that was never built.
It was designed for developer Marina Exclusive Limited and first registered in January 2008. In June 2017 it was officially cancelled.
With a total built-up area of around 55,000 sq m, the 40-storey tower was to have had five basements and a health club on the top two floors.
Construction was expected to start in Q3 2009 with an estimated completion date of Q1 2011.
In February 2009 Zetas ATS Foundation Technology was awarded the enabling works contract, and in July 2009 Gulf Technical Construction Company, Drake & Scull International’s (DSI) civil contracting arm, was awarded the design and build contract.
Amenities were to have included a state of the art business centre, hotel suites for residents’ guests, a well equipped gym, a health spa with steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, children's nursery and day care centre, 12 high-speed elevators and private car parking.
The following delightful piece of prose from the architect describes the building we have been deprived of.
‘It centres on the architectural definition of the tower signed by Katherine Price Mondadori, which has already been the subject of considerable media attention.
The purpose has not been to build a skyscraper among skyscrapers, but an urban landmark, an assertion of the sense of belonging to the Arab world and at the same time to a cosmopolitan, innovative and unique city.
The building stands out from the consolidated building tissue, featuring a hypermodern typology which is nevertheless permeated by references to the local culture: a sense of protection from the sun, inspired by the traditional wooden grating screens, is evoked by the pattern of lights and shades on the elevations, which are massive yet transparent'.
'Dwellings, shops, services (gym, swimming pool, cafe, Turkish bath, doorkeeper, heliport) are attuned to a register of exclusivity and studied elegance which goes beyond a foregone opulence, featuring a new formula of participative sharing of the environment as a whole by inhabitants and managers.
In a metropolis where the car dominates, the new tower faces The Walk, one of the few extraordinary promenades of the city; in a place where the facades mirror one another, it stands out by virtue of its ability to represent itself, with an own sophisticated image, in a country where one pays little attention to the energy issue, as it is economically irrelevant, it features a shell characterized by a low environmental impact and limited management and maintenance.’
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