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New Dubai building will replicate iPod
Posted on 04/06/2018

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Dubai is renowned for its luxurious hotels and record-breaking buildings. Now the city is developing The Pad tower which resembles an iPod.

New pad will be home to 256 apartments

New pad will be home to 256 apartments
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Although construction began in 2007, it was suspended in 2009 and restarted again in 2013. After more than a decade of work, the building is due to open later this year.

The Pad is going to be home to 256 apartments. This new accomodation will range from studios to one and three bedroom duplexes that will overlook the Dubai canal.

The structure of the building itself is inclined at 6.5 degrees in order to resemble a second-generation iPod nano.

The architect of this building, James Law, stated, "traditionally, architecture is a piece of concrete structure that contains conventional spaces to live or work."

"The Pad was conceived as the start of a new generation of architecture that is more akin to smartphones, where the buildings are programmable with software to match the needs of individual inhabitants. The concept came from designing the building to mimic a giant iPod."

The building will include a bunch of technological features that will allow the inhabitants to programme their own software, such as mood lighting, voice control, biometric locks and mirrors that can monitor health.

They're also prewired for smart music and lighting, for example optionally shifting color if someone rings the doorbell.

What's more, security and heating can be monitored via phone.

Law compares the building's ability to enhance the lives of its inhabitants to the armor that comic book hero Iron Man wears.

"In this sense, once you put this armor on, you have extra capabilities and extra possibilities about how you can experience life," Law said. Like the Iron Man armor, he added, the apartments are "able to adapt to the environment."