The Ocean Tower

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The high rise Ocean Tower opened re­cently on Main Clifton Road in Karachi. This is Pak­istan’s tallest build­ing con­sist­ing of 28 floors at a height of 393 feet.

The tower is owned by Three Tree As­so­ciates, a joint ven­ture be­tween Sid­diq­sons Group and Yonus Broth­ers. It cov­ers some 78,217 square feet, is 393 feet in height, has 5 base­ments and 28 floors.

The build­ing has been de­signed to the high­est in­ter­na­tional safety spec­i­fi­ca­tions and meets the se­cu­rity needs of multi­na­tional and national com­pa­nies. It has opened the doors to a great shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence as it is the first of its kind shop­ping cen­tre in the city that has been es­pe­cially de­signed to pro­vide a dif­fer­ent taste not avail­able else­where in the coun­try.

The tall struc­ture houses el­e­gantly de­signed cor­po­rate of­fices and rep­re­sents an un­ortho­dox ap­proach in de­sign and con­struc­tion, rep­re­sented by a mix of tech­nol­ogy, ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­rior de­sign.

It is an RCC struc­ture which is earth­quake re­sis­tant to Zone 2- B. It has a high per­for­mance 8mm so­lar sil­ver guardian dou­ble glaz­ing glass on its façade which helps re­duce the heat and ra­di­a­tion en­ter­ing the build­ing, re­sult­ing in low­er­ing air­con­di­tion­ing costs. The ex­haust air from the build­ing will be used to pre- cool hot in­com­ing air to save the cool­ing en­ergy and air- conditioning costs.

High ef­fi­ciency CFL and LED Light­ing is used in the build­ing to save en­ergy and op­er­at­ing costs. Fire sys­tems in­clude fire pumps, sprin­klers and smoke de­tec­tors that have been im­ported from the USA and are in com­pli­ance with the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

The main fea­tures of the build­ing are the Ho­tel Busi­ness Cen­ter on the 5th floor and the ex­ec­u­tive lounge and rooms and bed­rooms all the way to the 27th floor. The shop­ping area has around 200 shops; a din­ing area for high- end restau­rants where 15 in­ter­na­tional brands are to open their out­lets, with one of them be­ing the Cal­i­for­nia Ice Cream Par­lor.

A shop­ping fa­cil­ity for peo­ple from all walks of life, the Tower will of­fer all national and in­ter­na­tional brands un­der one roof.

A health club and swim­ming pool sits on the 18th floor and the build­ing is ser­viced by nine pas­sen­ger lifts and five cargo lifts, plus park­ing space for 484 cars and 446 mo­tor­cy­cles.

“The tallest build­ing in the coun­try doesn’t even need the Karachi Elec­tric Sup­ply Com­pany ( KESC) for its power needs,” says Pro­ject Man­ager Ari­ful Is­lam. The build­ing will gen­er­ate 5MWs which is the high­est self- gen­er­a­tion pri­vate ca­pac­ity in the coun­try. Other build­ings in Karachi like the MCB Tower and the Arif Habib Build­ing pro­duce 2MWs and 1.2MWs, re­spec­tively.

Cin­ema loving res­i­dents of DHA and Clifton are usu­ally not will­ing to travel the ex­tra mile to Sad­dar which now has a new com­peti­tor. The Cinepax at Ocean Mall com­prises four screens which can play 3D movies. Tick­ets can be booked over the phone and in due time on­line book­ing will be an­other op­tion. This could be a small step to­wards the re­vival of the film in­dus­try in Pak­istan and film­mak­ers will not have to go to neigh­bor­ing coun­tries to pro­mote their films Stan­dard ticket rates for the Cinepax are Plat­inum, Rs1,000; Gold, Rs750 and Sil­ver, Rs450.

They also have a chil­dren’s’ Won­der­land and a large food court with out­lets of­fer­ing best taste, ser­vice and leisure to the vis­i­tors.

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