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Intelligent homes for futuristic living

Dubai is into building intelligent homes with futuristic touch technology that can answer the phone, put on mood lighting and even project the New York skyline on your windows. Welcome to “The Pad” located at the Business Bay, which the Middle East builders Omniyat Properties claim, is one of the “technologically most advanced buildings in the world.”

Expected to be completed by 2009, the 24-storey, 231-unit tower will feature intelligent homes from studios to lofts and two bedroom flats. Shaped like an iPod and designed by Hong Kong based architects Cyber Tecture, the building will harness the power of technology to enhance the quality of life for the residents.

The building's facade is designed in such a way that the iPod sits on top of a docking station and is even angled at six degree to give the exact look. Plans are also on the anvil to use robotic features that is having a robot to do household chores like vacuuming and cleaning.

Construction has already started in the first quarter of 2007. However, unlike most of the other buildings in the Business Bay, this will be exclusively a residential apartment. The building will have 200 studio and two-bedroom apartments catering to the high-end customers and is due for completion in 2009.
Mehdi Amjad, President and CEO of Omniyat Property Development Corporation said, "The building will be one of its kind in the world reflecting the exclusive lifestyle the city offers. Each unit will incorporate leading edge technology that will react, interact and communicate with the residents to enhance lifestyle.”

According to latest reports apartments cost up to Dhs 9million (US $2.5million). The smallest units start at 581 square feet. Starting prices are as follows: Studio Dhs 1,261,512 (US $343,688), 1 Bedroom Dhs 1,330,231 (US $362,372) and 2 Bedroom Dhs 3,307,772 (US $901,158).

The features of The Pad will include rotating living and dinning rooms so as to enjoy views on either side of the waterfront building, virtual panoramas from other parts of the world projecting on windows (iReality),video-conferencing in the dinning room, reactive lighting able to respond to your mood or even to telephone calls (iAmbiance) and bathroom health monitoring equipment

Facilities for residents will have a retail area, parking, the iClub, swimming deck, media Jacuzzi, underwater concert, media deck chairs, aerobics section, lap pool, half basketball court, barbeque and a gathering area.

Source: Go Dubai
Posted: 26/06/2008

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