325 metre base jump tower proposed for Dubai
Three peaks of tower to allow wire-assisted free fall and base jump
By Parag Deulgaonkar Emirates 24/7 News
Published Sunday, March 13, 2016
At the uppermost level, the tower volume flares out to create a series of ice climbs for the most experienced climbers. (Supplied)
A 325-metre base-jump tower has been proposed in Dubai that will offer a platform for extreme sports, according to a report published by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
10 Design, the lead design architect, has conceived an expressive building form for the tower, devising a sculptural external hexagrid skin.
“This structural skin flares out at both the base and the top of the tower to provide not only structural stability, but also to house a series of extreme sports activities. Conceptually, the tower’s functions emulate the ascent to Mount Everest, with multiple “base camps”, the council said quoting ‘Archello’ magazine.
The council did not give details on the name of the developer.
“The base and lower levels of the tower contain training, simulator, and visitor experiences, including junior climbing walls, wire assisted high diving, and free-fall facilities.”
The lower levels of the tower are intended to cater to tourists and families, and their facilities interact directly with a planned activity plaza. In the mid-levels of the tower, semi-external climbing and abseiling environments are located between the hexagrid skin and the central core, creating a 140-meter high elevated climbing experience.
At the uppermost level, the tower volume flares out to create a series of ice climbs for the most experienced climbers.
The three peaks of the tower are designed as platforms for wire assisted free fall and Base jump points, the report said.
In February 2016, Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest developer, announced plans to build an observation tower “as great as Burj Khalifa and Eiffel Tower” in the Dubai Creek Harbour development. The project has been designed by Spanish/Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls.