The prominent location of the Meydan Towers development along the promenade on the canal front informs its design in numerous ways. The northern facade of the building addresses the city with a smooth abstract gesture, while, on the southern elevation, the body of the tower unfold into floor plates of varying perimeters, creating projections and voids which modulate the tower with a tectonic interplay and form a multiplicity of suspended reference levels.
These levels (gardens, terraces and sky courts) further animate the towers while extending the public space of the canal promenade vertically. As a result, and in addition to the main cores of the office plates, a “secondary” network of circulation plugs itself onto those instances and caters for the multitude of commercial activities (bars, lounges…) interspersed along the suspended gardens and the sky courts of the tower.
On the east and southern edge, a meshed vertical screen conceptually plays a dual role: that of subtly binding the two towers together, and that of an interface and/or backdrop. As an interface, the mesh, through varying degrees of transparency, sporadically reveals bits and pieces of the complexity of the activities occurring behind it; and as a backdrop, the screen adds an ethereal dimension to the towers by acting as a support for the advertisement for the different tenants through the display of their logos and the retro-projection of their commercial videos. More simply, basic colored light streaks transform the tower into a diaphanous membrane flickering late into the night. On a more practical level, the screen plays an essential environmental role whereby, in conjunction with the suspended gardens, it contributes to the shading and passive ventilation of the southern and eastern facades.