|1.6 mil sqft | 152,500 sqm
|Architecture, engineering, landscape architecture
The Palm 360 towers are set on the sandy beaches at the furthest reaches of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Islands, nearly five kilometers into the Arabian Gulf. Visible from the islands’ central highway, the towers’ unmistakable profile comprises two nearly identical, contemporary high-rises adjoined at the  floor by a platform that envelops the structures like an angular, steel cloud. A sunken tunnel leads visitors from the highway directly to the towers on the Crescent Island, from which the floating plate is revealed to be a continuous swimming pool that surrounds and links the two buildings  feet (250 meters) off the ground. Living up to their name, Palm 360’s two buildings—one residential, one hotel—provide unparalleled views from every angle, whether through floor-to-ceiling windows or from the suspended pool.
Building on reclaimed islands demands precision and a thorough understanding of the geological and atmospheric conditions. As the two structures will not always vibrate in sync due to wind and seismic activity, constructing the conjoining pool required careful calibration. Our team conducted studies of the wind conditions at this height to ensure that swimmers’ absolute comfort—to the point they might even forget they are suspended in air. The structures’ foundation, supported by sand compressed through vibration, demonstrates ingenuity that goes into creating such marvels in such an unique location. Palm 360 truly is a beacon of luxury and innovation.