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Dubai Breaks Ground on Record Tower

Friday, October 14, 2016

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Seeking to maintain its spot in the sky-high record books, Dubai has started construction this week on what promises to be “the world’s tallest building when completed in 2020,” according to a statement by the government’s media office.

Dubai is already home to Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest man-made structure at 2,716 feet.

Dubai’s new skyscraper, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, will soar just over 300 feet taller than Burj Khalifa, reports say. Developers first announced plans to build the tower in April.

“Years ago, we launched Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world," Sheikh Mohammed said in the statement at the groundbreaking ceremony held Monday (Oct. 10). "Today, we are celebrating the foundation of a new structure that represents another phase in our journey to be at the forefront of growth in various sectors."

Showcase in Engineering, Sustainability

Calatrava, the architect behind the transportation hub at the World Trade Center site in New York City, says the new Dubai tower design demanded “unique engineering approaches.”

“Extensive studies were undertaken in preparation for the groundbreaking, and the learning that we have gained from the experience will add to the knowledge base of mankind,” he said in a statement on his website.

According to the architect’s details, the crowning feature of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will be The Pinnacle Room, offering unprecedented 360-degree views of the city, and several VIP Observation Garden Decks. In fact, the structure will not contain apartments or offices at all, it will host events and offer views.

© Santiago Calatrava

Architect Santiago Calatrava says the project will transform Dubai’s waterfront skyline.

The tower will also feature dynamic illumination and movement lighting, which will make it a stunning visual landmark during the day and night, the details note. In addition, several “green corridors” will offer pedestrian access and connectivity with Dubai Creek Harbor, the architect explains.

Calatrava says energy-efficient design was a key consideration for the building: “The tower will use a highly-efficient cooling system and the water collected from this system will clean the structure’s facade. Elegant landscaping and vegetation will encourage solar protection. An integrated shading system and wing doors will also contribute to energy efficiency.”

Further, the structure is designed to include numerous balconies that rotate outside the facade of the tower.

Race to the Top

The sky-high competition is fierce though. Saudi Arabia’s $2.2 billion Kingdom Tower set for Jeddah is expected to stand 3,280 feet when it opens in 2018.

Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, based in Chicago, the tower will boast the world’s tallest observation point (originally designed as a helipad) and will include a Four Season’s hotel, apartments and retail.

During his tenure with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Smith also designed Burj Khalifa, which was completed in 2004.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architects; Architecture; Color + Design; Construction; Design; Middle East

Comment from peter gibson, (10/14/2016, 3:15 PM)

The Kingdom is going broke.Where do they get that kind of money for that stupid tower.Watch it come tumbling down.Talk about pushing your engineering luck. Watch.

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