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Aspire Tower

Sports City
Doha Qatar

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began2005
  Finished2006
Floor Count36
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - communication
 - hotel
 - lighthouse
 - monument
 - museum
 - observation
 - restaurant
 - fitness center
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - cantilever
 - tuned mass damper
 - highrise
 - tower
 - concrete core
 - tube
 - Vierendeel truss
Architectural Style
 - futurism
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire984 ft
Roof942 ft
Restaurant656 ft
Observation deck604 ft

Description
- Architect: Hadi Simaan Architects, Arep(executive) , Ecart (Interior)

- Engineering: Arup (Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire, Acoustics, Lift & Wind)

- Client: Doha City - Asian Olympic games 2006 - Qatar

- Costs at completion: 133,395,000 EUR / 174,387,000 USD

- The structure is a mixed high-rise/tower structure and Includes a reception area on two floors for 3000 guests, 3 floors for Sports museum, 17 floor five-star hotel, 3 floor Health Club with a cantilevered swimming pool (80m above ground on the 19th floor), revolving restaurant and observation deck about 240 meters above ground.

- The top of the tower includes a torch, a 62 meters high lattice shell structure up the reinforced concrete central core that frames the 15 MW flame cauldron. In addition, a 140 tonnes of tuned mass damper gives stability to the structure.

- The concrete core has an external diameter of 18 to 13 meters with thick of 2 to 1 meter, and 238 meters high, surmounted by a cone that supports the cauldron. Cantilievers are distributed on clusters, each one up to 11.3 m. from the core independently with no columns to the ground, The health club's cantilevered swimming pool extends beyond the floor plate over 12m.

- The building envelope wraps around the core raising as a sheer structure clad in a outer glass skin. The tower is entirely clad in stainless steel mesh, including the “voids” between the accommodation modules, so as to provide a unifying surface for the entire building.

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