Julian and Dubai - Part 2 18.03.14
As I eluded to in my last blog, Dubai has many architectural delights (and some real gaffes). It almost appears to have become something of an architects playground as the city gains world-wide attention because of its booming economy and ambitious architectural projects.
With a focus on business and tourism, the city is ramping up construction to an unprecedented level. In fact, Dubai is said to be home to 15% to 25% of the world’s 125,000 construction cranes! The skyline bears testament to this fact.
And, don’t think that the architectural expansion is over, because a slew of new projects are on the table and underway as we speak. Here is just a taster of the buildings that are being proposed, constructed or already developed.
A trip to the top of the Burj Kalifa (pictured - the worlds tallest building) has to be one of the highlights of my visit.
Zaha Hadid’s dancing towers are planned to be located in Dubai’s business bay development area. The plan consists of three buildings which rise up from the ground bending and intertwining with each other to create fluid animation of the forms.
The Infinity Tower by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (the same architects that built the Burj Kalifa) The concrete structure rotates a hexagonal floor plate around a circular core.