Apr 30, 2007, 7:38 PM
I can't help it, I love these two towers. If I ever make it over to Dubai, I intend to visit. Heck, if I could afford it, I'd stay in the hotel, at least for a night or two. Another cool thing about them is that they were designed by a Canadian firm which also did one of my favourite Toronto skyscrapers, Simcoe place.
I can't help but love the water features at the base of these buildings- something about them might make me want to jump right in should I visit..That and Dubai's scorching heat:)
I remember trying to design the headdress of this past year's halloween costume- I finally did the skyscraper costume I'd been wanting to do. These towers served as a huge source of inspiration, together with another Dubai beauty:
So what about you guys? Love them or hate them? Either way, post some lovely pictures:)
May 8, 2007, 9:35 PM
You may be on your own on this one as Dubai is described by most architects as the new "Disneyland".
Their government and companies bring in different architects from around the world to design and build this new and modern city, and this has resulted in a design competitions between the companies, creating a mixed bag of styles and designs that create friction between each other.
This link shows an example of "architecture gone amok"
Here is an older story from gulfnews.com, thing just got worst since then...
'Terrible' buildings fail to inspire top designers
By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter
One of Britain's most renowned architects has labelled the new buildings springing up in Dubai as "terrible".
Speaking to a British architecture journal, Sir Michael Hopkins said the city was uninspiring architecturally and a difficult place in which to produce good design.
Local specialists, however, said the criticisms are unfair, pointing at quality buildings such as the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah. Dubai is not unique, they said, in having its share of poorly designed buildings.
Sir Michael made his comments to UK newspaper Building Design, which also reported criticisms of Dubai's architecture by George Ferguson, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Sir Michael came face to face with local architecture after designing 60 villas in the Emirates Hills in Dubai. He is also reportedly designing a 65-storey offshore building here. "In Dubai, it is really hard because not only have you got this terrible stuff going up around you, but it is very hot and there is very little to deal with architecturally," he said.
"If you haven't got a building next door that needs to be preserved, there is not that starting point. It is very hard. You have to start with the sun in the desert as a reference point."
RIBA president Ferguson was similarly downbeat about Dubai's architecture. "Hopkins is absolutely right. Dubai is a model of unsustainability. It is exciting for all the wrong reasons. Dubai is like a great theme park," he said.
Dubai's economic boom has made it one of the busiest construction hubs in the world. Among the projects planned is Burj Dubai, likely to be the world's tallest building, the International City residential complex and the Business Bay scheme.
Christopher Ellingham, managing director of Dubai-based design firm DRU Gulf, said it was unfair to say the standard of local architecture was poor.
"These people should look at what's being created in their own backyard because there's as much bad architecture in the United Kingdom as there is here," he said. "There are some pretty awful buildings going up along Shaikh Zayed Road, but there are also some extremely nice ones there," he said.
He said some of the new buildings were "iconic", singling out the Burj Al Arab, which he described as "a world beater".
Robert Punchard, a director of John R. Harris and Partners in Dubai, agreed. "I understand [that] things could be better, but there is good and bad everywhere," he said.
May 22, 2007, 4:53 PM
HI from Dubai,
the towers you admire are the Emirates Towers Hotel and business tower. You can actually book at the Emirates palace hotel and enjoy the place. There is a nice cocktail bar on the 51 st floor called Vu's. Between the towers is the walking Boulevard where the most luxurious brands from all over the world have boutiques: Gucci, Botega Venetta, Cloe etc.
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May 28, 2007, 5:31 PM
There is a nice cocktail bar on the 51 st floor called Vu's.
And you must wear a collared shirt!
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