The improbably thin shaft of the 828-meter (2,717-foot) Burj Khalifa, a tour de force of architecture and engineering, is a reflective-glass icon ofDubai's triumphant arrival on the world scene. Or it's a towering monument to easy-money hubris. Take your pick. Changing expectations is the perilous fate of architecture that strives to be the biggest, the most lavish, the most significant. Now pundits galore predict the end of spectacle and glitz. The post-crash reality is looking more complex.
Photographer Gerald Donovan spent a grueling three and a half hours baking in the sun to take 4,250 shots of the city with his Canon 7D.
Spread across two iconic towers, the 1,614-room JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is set to become one of the region's most desirable destinations, Marriott's President and Managing Director for International Lodging Ed Fuller told a news conference in Dubai on Monday.
The 92-storeyed multi-purpose structure will include restaurants, offices, shopping malls, residential apartments and waste-water treatment and desalinization plants. It will be standing 370 meters and is designed to have a double-skinned glass facade mechanism with white silk-screened window system.
Traffic congestion around the First Interchange (known as Defence Roundabout), on Shaikh Zayed Road near Burj Khalifa, will ease once the project is completed in December this year. Though, some of the bridges on the three-tier interchange have opened, diversions and road blocks cause massive traffic congestion in the area, especially on roads leading to the Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Mall and Al Safa area.
Fibre optics specialists help wire Dubai's Burj Khalifa Tower. A small business in Melbourne has touted its role in the rollout of an optical fibre network built for the world's tallest tower, Dubai's Burj Khalifa Tower. Australian-owned Warren and Brown Technologies (WBT) provided equipment and training to Bond Communications - the company in Dubai commissioned to provide the complete audio-visual solutions for the 828 metre-high tower.
Speirs and Major Associates, a Scots design company based in Edinburgh, is brightening the world one building at a time. Its most recent project was to create a dramatic lighting “ceremony” for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building. A complex sequence of stroboscopes and lasers pierced the sky like a scene from a sci-fi film. But what brings some of the world’s biggest property companies to knock on the door of a small company with only 30 employees?
Last year marked the opening of the Armani Hotel in Dubai, Maison Moschino in Milan and Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh. Other examples include Paris's Hotel du Petit Moulin designed by Christian Lacroix, the Bulgari Resorts and Spas, and Armani's hotels, residences and resorts.
A team of scientists, engineers and financers in Japan have begun work on a project that will make the Burj Khalifa in Dubai look tiny. The team is aiming to build a tower that is 1km tall and has a vertical farm balanced on a floating concrete lilypad. The team believes that by the year 2025 the necessary technology should be ready to start the building process.