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Burj Dubai

This 'city within a city' combines residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment, shopping and leisure outlets with open green spaces, water features, pedestrian boulevards, an old town and the world's largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall.

The tower's base and geometry reflects the six petal desert flower of the region. The base of the Burj Dubai 'blossoms' and allows the tower a graceful transition from the ground reaching the 800 meters in height.

The three-leaf design maximizes views and the dome shaped plan profile is used to accentuate a series of steps, up the vertical height of the building. These peal away as the building mass gets taller and creates a cascade of domes on all three sides.

0-14 Tower

O-14 tower' was designed by resier and umemoto and rur architecture pc along with dubai developer, shahab lutfi. the building was designed for dubai's business bay and features 22 floors covered in a double skin facade that's outermost skin is constructed from 40c, thick perforated concrete. the one meter space between the skins creates a chimney effect, cooling the building.

The project has recently generated extraordinary international interest in the architectural press as it is among the very first innovative designs to be constructed among a sea of generic office towers that have come to be the standard in Dubai's current building boom. As of September 2008, the first nine floors and exterior shell of O-14 have been cast, revealing the beginnings of the perforated concrete shell exoskeleton - the building will be completed in the Spring of 2009.

Porsche Towers

At the heart of Dubai's Business Bay at the waterfront, the activity comprises of a 85,000sqm office tower and a 30,000sqm residential tower. The office building will also comprise retail, recreational spaces and a parking garage whilst the residential building will be situated above a sunken plaza with retail and cafes.


Atkins has been commissioned to carry out design and supervision services of this 81-storey
mixed-use tower, standing tall at 379 metres and just 30 metres wide, which gives the illusion of constantly changing its appearance with the movement of people and the sun.

At the mid-building level of the 77-plus storey tower, an angled atrium cuts straight through the tower filling a void over several storeys. This atrium serves the five-star business hotel above, and hosts a group of supporting amenities for the 18 floors of offices underneath. Seventy-five serviced apartments will be operated by the hotel to cater for the varied clientele. The top 19 floors of the tower are all residential apartments, enjoying incomparable views of Dubai.

Eta Hotel

The Eta Hotel is a 68-room boutique hotel complete with restaurant, bar and roof top pool located in a high density commercial neighborhood in Dubai. the structure was designed by Sanjay Puri & Mimish Shah, an Indian firm.

Dubai Grand Pyramid

Dubai grand pyramid' obviously derives its form from the Egyptian pyramids, with a modern twist. this pyramid will be a multi-use space and will be flanked by two smaller pyramids housing the developer falconcity's offices and commercial space for a theme park.

Arabian Blade

The Arabian Blade is a mixed-use tower designed by Claudio Catalano. The building was inspired by plant forms and combines several volumes into one unit. It will contain residences, a hotel and commercial space.

The Wave Tower

Madrid's a-cero architects led by Joaquin Torres has designed a new tower for the city of Dubai. 'the wave tower' is a high-rise proposed to be installed on the city's waterfront, the first skyscraper to do so. the tall tower, which appears to float in the sea, is connected to land by a gently curved bridge which mimics the waves of the gulf sea. the building is under development and will be in the radiant Al Arab district. it will stand at 370 meters and have 92 floors wrapped in a double skin glass facade.

The Pixel Tower

The pixel tower by light architecture is on the palm Jebel Ali overlooking the lagoon and bay. the building's twisted core gives it a light and flexible appearance. the 45 degree twist allows the uppermost apartments to have optimal views, despite the buildings footprint.

Dubai Opera House

Jean Nouvel submitted this proposal for the Dubai opera house. the futuristic building is meant to differentiate itself from 'the vulgar hotels and office buildings' of Dubai. its design resembles a cliff face or a waterfall and is capped with a giant dome featuring a semi-permeable skin.

In addition to the proposed opera house in Dubai, Jean Nouvel is also currently working on the design for the louvre Abu Dhabi. the museum's new location will be located on Saadiyat island (the happiness island) right next to the new branch of the Guggenheim museum. Nouvel's louvre features a giant sun shade which hangs ominously over the island. it is planned to be completed by 2012 at a cost of 83 million euros.

The Infinity Tower

The Infinity tower is designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill and is located directly on Dubai's waterfront. when complete it will be the world's tallest tower to feature a 90-degree twist. it will be used for luxury apartments and services, with all sides of the building featuring optimal views. the building's interior structure will feature a a concrete column, shaped like a helix. each floor has a slight 1.2 degree twist to compose the full 90 degrees.

Dubai Promenade

Dubai Promenade is another project developed by Nakheel. Located in between Dubai marina and Palm Jumeirah, this wheel shaped five star hotel is built on a man-made peninsula. It will be accompanied by a series of sister towers that will create 2,000 residential units.

The Al Sharq Tower

The Al Sharq Tower' will be the tallest building on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road when it will be completed. Measuring 360 meters tall, the tower will contain 268 luxury apartments. The building features eight interconnected cylinders which covered in a spiraling filigree. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed the structure which is currently under construction.

The Emaar Towers

The Emaar Towers are located at the entry point to the burj dubi development, right across from the burj dubai tower. the towers are 42 and 34 stories each and will mostly house offices. An articulated skin covers the buildings and recalls the layers of traditional islamic architecture.

The Lighthouse

Atkins architects also designed 'the lighthouse' a new tower located in the middle of Dubai's financial center. The 400 meter tall office tower which hopes to set a new standard for sustainability among Dubai's towers. It plans to reduce its total energy consumption by 65% and its water consumption by up to 40%.

Tiara United

Tiara United is a pair of office tower located near the financial district in Dubai. Its multi-coloured facade features branch like structural components. The two buildings are joined at the base with a glass atrium.

The Lam Tara Towers

Situated on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road across from the Burj Dubai are 'The Lam Tara Towers'. the two towers are 60 and 70 stories, measuring a total height of 360 meters. While currently under construction, the towers are plannedto be complete by 2010.

Golden Dome

Golden Dome: Standing an impressive 455 meters high, with 2.2 million m² of total surface area, this will be one of the largest buildings in the world in terms of surface area and height. It will contain 500,000 m² in commercial space and 50,000 m² in convention centres and arenas.


Synergy is another building designed by India's Sanjay Puri for Dubai's business bay area. The 20-story building was designed to appear like a stack of cubes that were fluidly merged. One side overlooks the promenade in front while the other side faces a lake. The facade is punctured by a decorative motif derived from Islamic art.

Dubai Arch Bridge

If any real city on our planet can claim an active stake in creating the urban landscape of the future, it's probably Dubai. Artificial islands arranged in the shape of the world? Check. The world's only seven-star hotel? Check. And in 2012, it will also become home to the largest, tallest arch bridge ever.

Here's some info on the bridge as envisioned by New York architecture firm Fxfowle:

- It's one mile long and 670 feet tall.
- It will have 12 lanes for traffic.
- It will cost 817 million dollars.
- The design has Sheikh Mohammed's official stamp of approval.
- The bridge will carry more than 2,000 vehicles per hour in each direction.
- A metro line will run across the middle.
- Construction begins in March, with a slated completion date of 2012.

Dubai Sky Dome

Dubailand Ski Dome: This indoor ski resort will contain a rotating ski slope, mountain run, training area, snowboarding area etc (with 6,000 tonnes of real snow). There will also be 4-season aquaria, snow castle, ice rink, cold and hot spas and an iceberg-shaped five star hotel, among other luxuries.

Space Science World

Space Science World: Space is one of the subjects explored in this immense theme park, with areas including: attractions and experience world, sports and outdoor world, eco-tourism world, themed leisure and vacation world, retail and entertainment world and downtown.

The Stellar Tower

The 255 meter 'stellar tower' was designed by London-based architects. It was commissioned to honour the late Sheikh Zayed bin sultan Al Nahyan. located on Ittihad square, the building features a geometric, dress shaped exterior which will house offices, a hotel and commercial space.

Pal Jebel Ali

Royal haskoning architects were invited by Nakeel development to create a master plan design for Pal Jebel Ali, off the coast of Dubai. Their winning design includes sports facilities, housing, retail and office space. The design also features an iconic bridge connecting to the main towers.

The Apeiron Hotel

The Apeiron Hotel will be a 7-star hotel built on an island off of Dubai. The arched 185 meter tall hotel will cost 500 million USD. It will have 350 luxury suites that will only be accessible by yacht and helicopter. Designed by sybarite UK, the hotel features its own lagoon, beaches, cinemas and at gallery.

Vision Tower

TVS architects were commissioned by Dubai properties to design 'Vision Tower', a 51 story office building in the business bay district. The tower features a canted and bent glass facade to light its 650,00 square feet of office space.

The Empire Tower

The Empire Tower is located in the heart of Dubai. It uses an array of splayed vertical layers which are unified at the bottom and rise up into the sky with gentle curves. It measures 230 meters overlooking the sea and nearby parks.

The Palm Tower

The Palm Tower is as its name implies, inspired by the trunk of a palm tree. It is located in the center of Jumeirah village. It measures 150 meters tall holding offices, retail space and gardens. designed by sybarite UK, it contains 60,000 square meters of interior space.

Dubai City Tower

Dubai City Tower is situated on the coast straddling the land and the sea. The project’s sitting links the tower with both Dubai and the world.
The Base of the tower rises six stories above ground and descends fifteen stories below ground occupying a circular foot print of one million square feet. The tower’s base houses a convention center, retail, event space and VIP self parking. The fifteen stories below ground house self and robotic parking to handle the load of the 6 towers that rise 1.5 miles above. The size and proportion of the base fits within the legs of the tower relating more to the ground level pedestrian. Rather than create a large street wall, the edge of the base pull back at each level drawing the eye upward into the void created by the rotating buildings of the tower. Where the rotating building strands relate to the image of the tower at a distance, the base and physical connection to the sea grounds the project in the city of Dubai.

Atrium City Towers

Atrium City Towers is a cluster of three super towers - rising above 100 floors, to be connected at base with an atrium and with sky bridges. A mixed-use project, it will have a built-up area of 800,000 to 900,000 square metres and parking facilities for more than 6,000 people. It will have a hotel, and residential, commercial, retail and entertainment space for people to be able to live and work.

Meydan Godolphin River City

The Godolphin RIver City is a celebration of the riverfronts as the focal point for cities of the 21st century. Exceptionally planned to create a riverine city, Godolphin River City becomes a model for development that merges sustainable ecological engineering with urban lifestyle sophistication.

Retail and mixed-use development further adds to the vibrant urban character of the Godolphin River City. The Signature Mall is a mixed use linear anchor mall that stretches 1.4 kilometers along the Godolphin riverfront, a first in mall design in the region. Its glass facades and promenades enhance a visual connectivity between indoors and outdoors transforming the mall into an animated indoor urban park right at the core of Godolphin River City.

Nakheel Tower

Nakheel Tower to become world’s tallest concrete structure. The latest design attempting to breach the dizzying heights of the Burj Dubai has been revealed as the multibillion dollar Nakheel Tower. Designed by the developments wing of major investment company Nakheel, the tower will be more than a kilometre high, covering a space of around 270 hectares, and will become home to around 55,000 people, a workplace for 45,000, and is hoped will attract millions of visitors each year.

Sustainability and safety will be key to the development of the tower, with the latest standards and technology incorporated in its development, Sultan Bin Sulayem believes it will “send another message to the world that Dubai has a vision like no other place on earth.”

RTA Headquarters

RTA HQ will be built in an artificial lake. During office hours, different features will make the water swirl and turn, in the evening the surface will become quiet. The light-effects then take over, reflecting the building and the city's traffic. The level of the lake is slightly above that of the surrounding area. Underneath it are a publicly accessible exposition space and a congress facility.

Access to the building is provided in three different ways. The congress facility and exposition space are accessible by descending stairs that run over the full length of the northern part of the plot. Staff and employees enter the building through the car park. Taxi drivers drop off visitors on an eye-catching fly-over crossing the artificial lake, right in front of the elevators in the entrance hall.

Culture Island

This comprehensive ensemble of museums, galleries, amphitheatres, restaurants and retail outlets is part of Dubai’s new development, cultural village. The backdrop to the external amphitheatre is of new canals and the islands of culture village, with abras and small ferries circumnavigating the calmer waters. The building forms a striking cantilever over the main road, providing shade and cover for the outdoor gardens and the transportation points. The facades and surfaces of the building are formed out of a transformation of arabic geometry and give a visual and structural integration of this art within the architecture of the site. Its internal organization allows for a continuous flow of pedestrians from the souks to the island, with clear entry points into the museum and art gallery. This flowing sequence also gives access to the main amphitheatre, which can be closed (acoustically and environmentally) or open. This sweeping line of movement terminates at the end of the island, with commercial art galleries, restaurants and cafés supported by bookshops, crafts and retail tenancies.

The Index

The Index is a mixed-use skyscraper designed by Foster + Partners currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The super tall will be 328 meters (1,076 feet) tall and have 80 floors. Of those 80 floors, the lower 25 will be offices and 47 will be for residential use, including the world's highest apartment for a time when construction ends in 2008.

The Eye of Dubai

The consortium “Out and About in Palm Deira”, which is made up of Royal Haskoning (as architects/urban planners), MVA consultancy (transport consultants), Systra (rail consultants) and Sogreah (maritime consultants), has won the design competition for an integrated transport master plan for Palm Deira in Dubai. The competition was organised jointly by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and developer Nakheel. Palm Deira—the third Palm and a future metropolis for 1.2 million people—is currently being reclaimed from the sea. Transport to and from Palm Deira faces huge challenges because of the development’s unprecedented scale and its proximity to the downtown area of Dubai. Our winning submission consists of a fully integrated network of roads, metro lines, causeways, super bridges, tunnels and, last but not least, several multi modal hubs, where exchange between modes of transport is facilitated. The jewel in the crown of our submission is our design for the offshore multi modal hub "the Eye of Dubai" providing mooring facilities for cruise ships, ferries to all the surrounding Palm Islands, helicopter platforms, a dedicated metro station, 10,000 parking places and leisure/retail facilities.

U-Bora Tower


The U-Bora Tower Complex is a mixed-use development located in the heart of Business Bay. The design has given equal attention to its three different uses - office, residential and retail, in order to maximize their opportunities and viabilities within the site's context. The 250 meter high U-Bora Office Tower is located prominently on the main axis. It was designed as an anchor on the axis and within its own development. Along with the 462 meter Burj Alam, located across the street of this main axis, the two towers work together and act as a gateway into the development. In addition, the project weights the office space toward the top by starting with smaller 1,100m² floors at the bottom and slowly increasing toward the top 2,000m² floors. This maximizes prime view space by containing 70% of the office towers 80,000m², in the top half of the office tower. The 30,000m² residential block deliberately does not compete with the surrounding towers in height and instead keeps low and focused to the adjacent water body to the south. By designing the block as a linear bar rising from 12 stories at the tower end to 15 stories at the western end a significantly greater percentage of units get an uninterrupted view of the water. The third component of the project, although relatively small in area, is 7,000m² of retail. All three components are glued together with a 10,000m² public, densely landscaped deck which has accessibility from all three exposed sides of the project.

Trump International Tower

Having been called upon by the Client to carry out a review of the original design of Trump International Hotel and Tower, Palm Jumeirah, Atkins moved towards creating a brand new architectural concept which was subsequently approved by Nakheel Hotel and Resorts and the Trump Organisation. Atkins is now appointed to provide full design consultancy services for this hotel, which is located on Nakheel’s Palm Jumeirah, a man made Island off the west coast of Dubai. The tower will stand as a powerful landmark on what will be the most prestigious project in the world. The building is striking in design and will incorporate world-class residential, hotel and office facilities.

Dubai Death Star

This project represents a final attempt at distinction through architecture:not through the creation of the next bizarre image, but through a return to pure form

Hydropolis Underwater Hotel

The news in the air is that the world’s first luxury underwater hotel, the Hydropolis Undersea Resort, is all set to open its doors in Dubai this December. The £300 million, 220-suite hotel is a one of its kind resort, which will encompass a whopping 1.1-million-square-foot of area offering shopping mall, ballroom, island villas, restaurant, high-tech cinema and surprisingly, a missile-defense system for your security 60-feet underwater. Located 20m beneath the surface of the Persian Gulf near the scenic Jumeirah Beach coastline, the underwater hotel offers 220 theme suites to the tourists within the submarine leisure complex. The resort is designed with a petal-like retracting roof to organize open-sky events.

The land on which Hydropolis is being built belongs to His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. The original idea for Hydropolis popped out of its designer Joachim Hauser’s passion for water and the sea. Interestingly, guests won’t need to dive in order to reach the luxurious resort. Instead, they will be transported by trains via connecting tunnels to the Land Station. The undersea resort also has a children’s seaworld. A ballroom links every storey of the hotel and has been fixed with a petal-like retracting roof for staging of open-air events. Let’s see if the news is true this time as we have already heard of it to be opening-up in December 2006 and the news turned out to be fake.

The Cloud

The Cloud is a speculative design for a resort city elevated 300 metres in the air above Dubai and supported on slanting legs resembling rain. it is designed by Nadim Kram of Lebanese architect atelier hapsitus. it is a horizontal presence on an elevated platform, an antithesis to the sum of skyscrapers spreading over the entire region.

Dubai Hub One

Dubai Hub One is a design proposal for a cultural hub, serving the UAE. Designed by Studio Nova, the space has been created to work in much the same way as a shopping mall, except for the consumption of culture instead of goods. Its forms have been generated using algorithms and special programing scripts creating a dense structure of spaces.

Dancing Towers

Zaha Hadid' 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.

Dubai Towers

Dubai Towers – Dubai’, a cluster of aesthetically designed towers that will symbolise a new phase in Dubai’s architectural standards and establish path breaking definitions in structural brilliance and engineering innovation worldwide

Burj Al Alam

Designed by award willing architects, Burj Al Alam (The World Tower) is the world’s tallest commercial building at 108 stories, which creates a business district all its own. The building itself is a sight to behold, masterfully crafted and an efficient use of commercial space. This combination of structure and style houses a variety of office and retail companies and offers some of the best residential and recreational facilities in Business Bay.

Madinat Al Arab

Here the representation of the one of the districts of the future greater sea front in the world, Dubai Waterfront. This sight accounts for the architectural ambition and the spectacular development of real constructions with Dubaï.



Anonymous said... @ April 14, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Some of these buildings are just rediculous.

Cigar Humidors said... @ April 23, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Amazing concepts

Javier said... @ June 7, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Im scarried....

kitchen cabinets in West Mansfield Ohio said... @ October 29, 2011 at 12:33 AM

wow.. those are amazing hotel and towers in dubai. Dubai is known for huge buildings like these.

electricians in telford said... @ August 10, 2012 at 7:07 AM

I was in dubai last year and i saw burj khalifa. Its really awesome build. I didnt get the chance to go in top flor but it was awesome exprience

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