• Client:
  • PNYG Gulf
  • Location:
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Partners:
  • Wenzel+Wenzel, Stuttgart
  • Status:
  • Design 2007, Contract Stage
  • Size:
  • 32,000 m2


A ‘diamond’ design concept was translated into a series of stacked diagonally articulated modules of eight floors each for the Corniche Tower. The colourful façade of interlocking triangles was the outcome of research to determine the optimum surface and material effects associated with the brilliance of diamonds. Different weather situations during night and day are reflected in the building, keeping the external aesthetics animated and responsive when viewed from the public domain. The Corniche would be immediately recognisable due to its lighting design, both externally and internally.

The lines of the façade are taken as a radial pattern all the way to the edges of the plaza landscape. Different materials are applied to echo the colour scheme of the façade. Through the radial pattern a special perspective effect is achieved [referencing Michelangelo’s Campidoglio in Rome] that makes the outside plaza appear larger than its real size.

All floors have panoramic views and a glazed facade that allows the user to be in full control of climatic conditions.


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Design: Toko / Development: Damien Aistrope