The Torch

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Height: Occupied
300.1 m / 985 ft
Height: To Tip
352 m / 1,155 ft
Height: Architectural
352 m / 1,155 ft
The Torch Outline
Height: Observatory
300.1 m / 985 ft
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
6 m/s
Tower GFA
94,306 m² / 1,015,101 ft²
Development GFA
135,475 m² / 1,458,241 ft²
# of Apartments
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name The Torch
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United Arab Emirates
City Dubai
Street Address & Map Area 392-204 Dubai Marina
Building Function residential
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2005
Completion 2011
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #61 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #15 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #13 Tallest in United Arab Emirates
City Ranking #12 Tallest in Dubai

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Select Group
Design National Engineering Bureau
Structural Engineer
Design National Engineering Bureau
MEP Engineer
Design National Engineering Bureau
Main Contractor Dubai Civil Engineering
Other Consultant
• Wind BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
Material Supplier
• Elevator KONE
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation

About The Torch

The Torch is a residential skyscraper sited in Dubai’s marina district. Completed in 2011, the building has gone from relative isolation to gaining a host of skyscraping neighbors nearby. The waterfront tower consists of six retail spaces and 676 residential apartments that range in size and offerings, with a host of large duplex penthouses. The location places it amongst Dubai’s most in-demand tall buildings in the marina.

The tower has a concrete column structure, with beam and slab construction and a non-load-bearing façade. The structure was built in three continuous sections, punctuated by intermittent mechanical floors. The shapes and materials that compose the building’s white and unitized blue glass curtain façade vary along its height, offering visual variety. At the top, a sculptural facet crowns the building, a glass-paned element that twists and extends upward, creating a swirl around the tower’s protruding spire, an architectural detail whose form was inspired by the building’s inspiration, a torch. The building’s interiors feature exquisite marble floors in the communal areas such as the lobby, and carefully-laid tile floors in the residences.

The skyscraper is built on a concrete podium structure with patterned walls that are reminiscent of a mashrabiya, a type of projecting window common in Islamic architecture comprising an intricately carved latticework that gives protection from the sun. The podium houses shopping destinations for residents and guests. Modern amenities for residents include a sauna and steam room with private changing rooms, a state-of-the-art gym, and ample private parking space. The podium’s rooftop is landscaped with palm trees, and boasts a large private deck with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and a sunbathing area.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference
29 Oct 2017 – Event Report

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Research

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper

Research Papers

Debating Tall: Do Cladding Fire Codes & Tests Need Changing?
28 Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I

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