|Location||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Antenna spire||306 metres (1,004 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Skidmore, Owings and Merrill|
|Developer||Cayan Real Estate Investment & Development|
|Structural engineer||Skidmore, Owings and Merrill|
Cayan Tower, known as Infinity Tower prior to its inauguration, is a 306 metres (1,004 ft), 80 story skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development. The tower is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill SOM architectural group, the same group who built the Burj Khalifa also in Dubai and Trump Tower in Chicago. Upon its opening on 10 June 2013, the tower has become world's tallest high rise building with a twist of 90 degrees.
Cayan Tower is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and its development is carried out by property development company CAYAN. Cayan Tower's apartments are designed with wooden floors, marble counter tops, and kitchen fixtures. The tower also includes a five story parking garage behind it. The Cayan Tower has house financing options available for those residents who may want to lease out their weekend or holiday condo. The rooms of the tower are designed in such a way that it wouldn't be affected by direct sunlight due to titanium metal panels on cast-in-place concrete columns aided with repetitive staggered screen panels to stop penetrating sunlight from disturbing the residents of the unit.
Construction of the 306 m (1,004 ft) building began in February 2006 and topped out in 2012. It has 76 stories and became the world's tallest high rise building with a twist of 90 degrees. The tower twists in a similar way to that of the Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden, and other recent projects in Doha and elsewhere, and became the tallest in the world to do so. However, unlike the Turning Torso, which is a series of cantilevered plates rotated about a straight structure, Cayan Tower's much larger floor plates actually require the structure to be twisted as it raised from level to level. Each floor is rotated by 1.2˚ to achieve the full 90˚ spiral, creating the shape of a helix. The tower also has residential apartments, conference rooms, tennis courts, pools, a state of the art gymnasium, a nursery and a spa. An earlier design was for a taller, darker tower 372 m (1,220 ft) tall with 93 floors.
The tower's construction was on hold for a year and a half after the foundation site of the tower was flooded when the wall that held back the Dubai Marina was breached on 7 February 2007. Witnesses described a loud cracking sound, followed by an inflow of sand and water, the project resumed construction in July 2008.
Official launch ceremony
The Cayan Tower was inaugurated with fireworks accompanied with laser light display on the tower on 10 June 2013 and become the world's tallest twisted tower, surpassing Turning Torso. The tower was renamed from Infinity Tower to Cayan Tower as the developer of the tower said:
There are more than one tower with the name Infinity and we wanted something different, We are very attached with this unique project and it was a very conscious decision we took. We know there won’t be any Cayan Tower in the world and this will be the only one.
- Dubai Marina
- List of tallest buildings in Dubai
- List of tallest residential buildings in the world
- Turning Torso
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Infinity Tower, Dubai.|
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- Snopes Article on collapse of wall
- Photographs of Site after wall collapse