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Currency House

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This sculptural 50-story, glass-and-metal tower in the prestigious Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) incorporates 10 floors of office and retail space, and 320 luxury apartments on the upper 40 floors, all of which enjoy dramatic views of the Persian Gulf. The landscape design of the mixed-use complex takes a distinctly different approach to its two uses. For the residential units, a series of intimate gardens and palm courts define the exterior. By contrast, the building’s public spaces are defined by a dramatic reflecting pool, which cascades two stories to the street.