LANDMARK, Abu Dhabi
The Landmark Tower is being designed by Cesar Pelli
Architects with multidisciplinary engineering design by Buro Happold.
Chris Bakkala initiated conceptual design of the tower structure in Buro
Happold's Dublin office, culminating in a presentation
to the municipality. Buro Happold offices in England and the Middle
East took over design development to tender and construction phases.
Chris Bakkala developed initial design criteria and concepts for the
frame in the first 30 days of what is now the third year of project
development. The frame design has moved on with
detailed design development but the proportions of
the building have not required change and main member sizes still reflect the proportions
determined during that initial 30 day period. At tender stage check, material
quantities were within 10% of the initial concept material
The point of getting concepts right at the early stages is to allow
design proportions to be reasonably fixed to permit flexibility in
detailed development and to provide Clients better cot
certainty at early days. For the designer, good concepts save a lot of time
which might otherwise be wasted struggling to make
a marginal concept work.