The Opus Dubai
Yet another landmark project in Dubai for Kersten Europe
The Middle East is one of the key markets for Kersten Europe, specialist in bending technology. After working on a.o. the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab and multiple airports in the GCC-region, Kersten Europe signed the contract for yet another landmark building. Kersten has been awarded the bent tube construction for the OPUS, a new iconic building in the metropole of Dubai.
The OPUS is designed by the very successful architect Zaha Hadid to be located at a prestigious location in the Burj Khailifa district of Dubai. The OPUS project combines art and performance with form and functionality. The design includes 5 levels of retail, 18 levels of office space and a top-floor featuring a sun deck, pool, shaded terrace, a media zone and a gym.
The OPUS will appear to hover off the ground. Constructed of two separate towers the cube-like building will appear as a singular unified whole, with a distinctive free-form void.
The idea of the void was to create curves and openings with a view to the city and landmark buildings that are adjacent. The voids’ interior is constructed of a bent frame fully cladded with a curved tinted glass wall. The bent façade gives the building a sophisticated, modern appearance and offers eye-catching views while assisting in the reduction of solar gains inside the building.
BENT TUBE CONSTRUCTIONS
Dubai façade contractor Alu Nasa asked Kersten Europe in the Netherlands to deliver the bent tube construction for the void of the OPUS. Alu Nasa was looking for a complete solution, and chose Kersten Europe for their proven knowledge and experience in bending technology and in executing complete bent constructions.
Kersten Europe takes care of the entire process; from straight tubes to ready-to-build-in segments. Highly advanced engineering and modern bending techniques are used to bend the tubes in exactly the right radii to fit together seamlessly.
A total of 6,000 meters of tube will be processed. It is a very complex job in which 2,500 tube segments (Ø139,7 and Ø244 mm) are bent in multiple radii, each in a unique curved shape. After bending the tubes go to the robot cel to provide each segment with a 3D contour on both sides.
Meanwhile Kersten Europe started engineering and manufacturing the bent tubes. The first frames have already been delivered to Alu Nasa in Dubai. The last frames will be shipped in October this year.
The OPUS is expected to be finished by fall 2016.
More information: http://www.opus-dubai.com/
Company profile Kersten Europe
Kersten Europe is specialized in bending technology. Tubes, sections and plates of steel, stainless steel and aluminium are bent at three European production sites in The Netherlands, Germany and Poland and one in the United Arab Emirates.
Besides bending Kersten Europe offers additional services like (3D contour) cutting, welding and surface treatments.
The bent parts and construction are used for several applications; architecture, machinery constructions, industrial equipment, offshore energy, transport and tank constructions.