Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower

When the team was appointed to design this 7.5 million-square-foot, mixed-use development in 2006, the basement had already been excavated and the developer wanted to begin construction immediately. Within four months, WSP USA developed preliminary design information to issue regarding the first piles for construction, and continued to issue advanced construction packages as the building's design developed in parallel.

Reimagining the Souk

The heart of the development is the reimagined central souk - the city's open air market. A multistory podium integrates the souk, retail, parking and a low-rise hotel; and covers the 550,000-square-foot site including bridging over a major street. Soaring above are a pair of modern towers – a 58-story office tower and an 88-story residential tower; the latter is the Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower.

Slenderness Ratio

High Rise Optimization and Wind Engineering Integration

The Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower is the world's 21st tallest building and is quite slender, with an aspect ratio of 13-to-1. Wind engineering optimization studies allowed our team to parametrically study and optimize numerous forms and structures before selecting final solutions. A high-performance concrete test program justified higher material stiffness assumptions, which minimized material usage to further optimize the structure for this slender form.