The Wave, an Australian residential tower was designed by DBI Design is located in Queensland, Australia. “The Wave”, a catchy turn of housing and retail tower on the Gold Coast of Queensland, has left a number of renowned international events in its wake to take the silver medal in the annual Emporis Skyscraper Awards. The 35-story tower, gets its name from an external waveform designed to provide all residents with panoramic views of the ocean and the surrounding area Surfer’s Paradise. The architect of the building society DBI Design Gold Coast, were inspired by the idea of a “tape made in a stream, wrapping around a stick.” The contractor for the design and construction project was Multiplex, in association with Hyder Consulting as its civil and structural designer.
The tower was constructed from a series of reinforced concrete slabs of varying floor plate, supported by structural wall shear. Each level is surrounded by concrete balconies cantilevered and pre-curved panels of board cast. The structure is fully transferred to level 5 on a post tension slab 1200mm deep transfer beyond detail area. In projecting the retail areas are tense after large sheets overhang, the iconic function of this innovative structure. This year’s gold medal was New York’s Hearst Tower. The Wave put forward structures highly acclaimed Eureka Tower in Melbourne, 1180 Peachtree in the United States and the Hesperia Tower in Spain.