The Ocean Tower
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.