Archive for the ‘arabian mega skyscrapers’ Category
__SPACER__ Jeddah sits adjacent to Mecca on the West Coast of Saudi Arabia.<p /><p />While the mile high tower proposal for Jeddah may be nothing more than a Hookah dream, there are some schemes that come close to the developments in the Emirates. The Al Jawhara, for example, is a proposal for a 40 story deluxe residential tower
__SPACER__ The current proposal for the largest Arabian tower is on the other side of the peninsula to the Gulf States, adjacent to Mecca. Designed by Pickard Chilton this tower would be fully a mile high.<p /><p />Often, designs for worlds tallest buildings are done purely for PR reasons, since drawing a straight line on a piece of paper and saying its a mile high does not cost very much. <p /><p />The height of skyscrapers is dictated by interest rates rather than structural feasibility. A mile high tower was originally proposed more than half a century ago by Frank Lloyd Wright and it would have been technically feasible then.
__SPACER__ When finished it will be taller than any other building by any measure. The height of two Empire State buildings stacked on top of each other, the Burj Dubai, complete with its, tacky as hell sounding, Zoolander style Armani hotel is the tower that SUVs built.<p /><p />Compounding the liberal arts essayists idea of building big towers as a phallus substitute is the fact that it uses the same multi tube structural system that was used on the Sears Tower. This was inspired by the natural three tube mechanism governing how a penis stays rigid in the non-architectural kind of erection.
__SPACER__ Nobody knows how big the Al Burj (not to be confused with the Burj Dubai) will be when completed, except that it will be bigger than the Burj Dubai which is bigger than anything else in the world.<p /><p />It probably wont get built at the original height of three quarters of a mile, however this architectural monstrosity would have made almost every other skyscraper in the world look tiddly.
__SPACER__ The most striking feature of the Bahrain WTC are the giant wind turbines integrated into the structure, which combine with its own water treatment plant to create an extremely politically correct, green building. Perhaps not so politically astute was the architects decision to design a Twin Tower World Trade Center on the Arabian peninsula with integrated aviation style propellors.
__SPACER__ Confusingly, Qatar are calling their 94 story mega skyscraper, Dubai Towers. Construction started in summer 2007 and its scheduled to open in 2010.<p /><p />For those of you interested in plotting the genealogy of funny shaped towers this is one of the last old school, crystalline deconstructionist jobbies, before architects got busy with non uniform b-splines in later versions of Autocad.
__SPACER__ Dutch superstar architecture firm, OMA, led by Rem Koolhaas have a design for the RAS Al Khaimah convention center in the United Arab Emirates that looks exactly like the Death Star. <p /><p />Images of the Death Start were even used in the firms presentation of the scheme.<p /><p />The convention center proposal would be the Brasilia like centerpiece for an entirely new city in the lesser known RAK emirate.<p /><p />I suspect that OMA have their tongue firmly in cheek with this.