Coral Reef Tower

Coral Reef Tower Dubai by DNA Barcelona




Coral Reef Tower rises above the urban landscape evoking a new form of sea life with its slender silhouette inspired by the shapes of corals.

Coral Reef Tower
Image © DNA Barcelona

The formal and colorful richness of corals is marvelous. Typical shapes of coral species are wrinkled brains, cabbages, table tops, antlers, wire strands and pillars.

Coral Reef Tower
Image © DNA Barcelona

These shapes can depend on the coral’s life history like light exposure, wave action, and events such as breakages. Often called “rainforest of the sea”, shallow coral reefs form some of the most diverse shapes, which give us the spark inspiration of this project.

Coral Reef Tower
Image © DNA Barcelona

Otherwise, we feel inspired by the colorful richness of the corals. They light up the dark, providing an underwater glow colour show. These fluorescent corals give back light of wavelengths when they are illuminated with blue or ultraviolet light.

Coral Reef Tower
Image © DNA Barcelona

DNA takes this underwater rainbow of beautiful colours to create a spectacular facade, that will change the building by glowing in different colours during the sunset. Source by DNA Barcelona.

Coral Reef Tower
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  • Location: Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Architect: DNA Barcelona
  • Type: invited competition
  • Program: Residential & Commercial Complex
  • Site: 1.123 m2
  • Built: 44.332 m2
  • Year: 2018
  • Images: Courtesy of DNA Barcelona

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