Aspire Tower

  • Built as part of the 2006 Asian Games.
  • The tower is shaped like a torch and held the symbolic flame for the duration of the Games.
  • The Aspire was designed and built in just 21 months to be ready in time for the Games.
  • Design of the substructure, superstructure and building services had to proceed in parallel.

Arup specialists from around the world worked alongside architects and contractors to complete the Aspire Tower in time for it to house the flame during the 2006 Asian Games. This gave them just 21 months to design and build the 300m tower.

Amongst other facilities, the tower includes 17 floors of five-star hotel accommodation and a three-floor sports museum. High-speed lifts shuttle guests to the observation deck, bar and revolving restaurant.

The challenging deadline meant that the design of the tower’s substructure, superstructure and building services had to proceed in parallel. In fact, it meant that work on site started before detailed design was complete.

With no columns at ground level, the whole structure cantilevers off the central concrete core. The same technique created a swimming pool, extending 12m out from the building, 80m above ground. Inside the building, environmental systems keep people comfortable even when outside temperatures exceed 40°C.

The size and shape of the building mean that it is affected by the wind. With a 300-seat revolving restaurant on top, it was important to keep things as steady as possible. Following analysis, the solution was to fit 140 tonnes of tuned mass dampers in the tower to ‘soak up’ movement and vibration.

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  • Aspire Tower Doha ©Arup / Midmac-Six Construct

    The tower includes 17 floors of five-star hotel accommodation and a three-floor sports museum.

  • Aspire Tower Doha © Arup / Midmac-Six Construct

    To be constructed in time to house the flame during the 2006 Asian Games, just 21 months were allocated to design and build the 300m tower.