Dubai: The city of Dubai is never one to shun from innovative ideas and groundbreaking projects.
In the latest development project taking shape in Dubai, the smartest building in the shape of an i-Pod is set to open later this year.
The 26-storey building in Business Bay, which has been dubbed The Pad, is built by property developer Omniyat. It was not only inspired by the Apple iPod, but also scales up to the form of an iPod to a building scale.
The building was said to have been designed as a new type of architecture which uses technology to its full advantage, allowing inhabitants to program their own software for their building.
The philosophy to this new type of architecture is called Cybertecture.
The residential building, located in Business Bay, won out from a competition against Foster and Partners, as well as Zaha Hadid Architects.
The Pad has 256 apartments ranging from studio apartments, one-bedroom apartments, and one to three bedroom duplexes overlooking the Dubai Canal.
Its structure is inclined at 6.5 degrees as a leaning tower as a design reference to the original iPod device leaning when standing in its charging dock.
Inside the building, the interiors have a range of technologies including biometric locks, mood lighting, voice control and mirrors that can monitor your health.
The Pad is the first example of a Cybertecture building that uses architecture and technology to give a wide range of living possibilities for residents. The project is scheduled for completion in 2018.