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Old Posted Jul 30, 2006, 3:49 PM
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Arrow DUBAI | The Index | 1,076 FT / 328 M | 86 FLOORS | Recently Complete

A mixed-use, 86 storey tower designed by Foster and partners.
It's near the main road but not right next to it.


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Old Posted Jul 30, 2006, 3:51 PM
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Foster is prolific.
He did a good job, again.
     
     
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Wow, massive, especially at such height. The tower is bound to make one hell of an impact on the skyline, even on a major one like they have (or will have) in Dubai.

Foster could've got rid of the louvres on the sides though.
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 30, 2006, 6:21 PM
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Wow, massive, especially at such height. The tower is bound to make one hell of an impact on the skyline, even on a major one like they have (or will have) in Dubai.
It depends which side you see it from. Most of the tall towers there are ultra-thin like rose rotana so from one side it'll look massive while from the other side it'll look like just another in the pack. It should look a bit bigger than the rest though since there are floors up to the top.

     
     
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It should look a bit bigger than the rest though since there are floors up to the top.
A rarity in Dubai. And a good thing, too.
     
     
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holy cow.. that's a lot of cranes
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I like this one.
     
     
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Dubai's Crane Crunch

24% Of World Supply May Be At Work In Mideast Boomtown, And It Needs More

By JIM KRANE
Associated Press

July 21 2006

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- New York has the Statue of Liberty. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Dubai's symbol, for now, is the construction crane.

This Persian Gulf boomtown is more accurately described as an enormous construction site than as a finished city.

Cranes cram the skyline and line the highways, marring the view from almost any window. Their latticed booms wheel over hundreds of half-finished skyscrapers, hauling up gray slabs of prefabricated wall, buckets of wet concrete and bundles of steel reinforcing rod that resembles rust-colored spaghetti.

Building analysts say Dubai has emerged as the world's fastest-growing city, as well as its largest repository of building cranes.

"Dubai is the biggest market for tower cranes," said Klaus Binder, who heads tower crane production for the German manufacturer Liebherr. "No other city in the world has such a number. Maybe Shanghai did three or five years ago. There are growing markets in Russia, but they are not as big as Dubai's."

The frantic growth is the fruit of oil-rich investors plowing record profits into luxury real estate in this liberal and cosmopolitan city. Dubai now groans under $200 billion in projects that are either underway or slated to begin shortly, said Colin Foreman, a Gulf construction expert with the Middle East Economic Digest.

No one here seems to know how many building cranes have been aiding the city's sprawl across miles of sweltering desert dunes. But inevitably, when one of Dubai's newspapers or pundits seeks to describe the scale of the city's building boom, a crane statistic is mentioned.

In June, Dubai's Gulf News daily asserted that the city harbors 24 percent of the world's construction cranes - or 30,000 of 125,000 cranes worldwide. Less ambitious estimates range from 6 percent to 10 percent.

Binder believes that there are between 1,100 and 1,200 tower cranes in the Emirates, mainly in Dubai, which is roughly 5 to 10 percent of the world's active tower cranes - one of three varieties used in construction.

Dubai harbors many thousands more mobile cranes and crawler cranes - those on wheels or tracks.

Despite the crane-scarred skyline, Dubai needs more - far more - to complete its projects. Problem is, manufacturers can't make cranes fast enough and the second-hand market has been largely cleaned out, those in the industry say.

Rental companies in Dubai are booked solid. Gallagher International, which rents 53 mobile cranes to developers in Dubai, had leased its entire fleet last week.

"You have to say no to your customers. You cannot find cranes anywhere," said Arty Wartanian, Gallagher's general manager. "People are going to China to buy them because sources in Europe have dried up."

A recent article in Construction Week magazine said crane prices have jumped 30 percent this year and that the two major European manufacturers - Liebherr and Potain - were so backlogged that Italian and Chinese cranes were taking a growing share of the Gulf market.

A new Liebherr tower crane costs $100,000 to $1.9 million, depending on the size.

It's not just cranes that are in short supply. The simultaneous building booms in the Emirates capital Abu Dhabi, and in nearby Qatar and Bahrain have swept the market of bulldozers, excavators, pile drivers and other machinery. Prices of raw materials such as concrete, glass, steel and aluminum are soaring, as is demand for laborers and engineers.

All this is driving up building prices. "It's a classic supply-and-demand problem," Foreman said.

The 2006 Gulf Construction Yearbook estimates that $4 billion is spent each week on projects in the six Gulf Arab countries.

"I guess it's going to be like this for the next five years," Wartanian said.
     
     
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what are all those blocks for in that big stack?
     
     
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^^ I think it's some sort of weight test


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Nice updates, but it really needs to get rid of those side louvres, or at least convert them into something useful like solar energy collectors.

If I had to buy a residence in Dubai, I'd definitely go for something else. I'd rather live in a slim ultratall sleek tower, of which Dubai has/will have more than plenty.
     
     
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I never noticed the art-déco towers right behind the site (photo 4). In the distance they look good... and kind of out of place.
     
     
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Nice. It's starting to rise. One of the best things about this tower, and the entire DIFC project, is that it will add some depth to the SZR skyline.
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It reminds me of the AT&T Long Lines building in NYC, except this one is covered in louvres. Nice to see brutalism is back in style
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It reminds me of the AT&T Long Lines building in NYC, except this one is covered in louvres. Nice to see brutalism is back in style
But now we call it "minimalism"
     
     
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Great. Leave it to the theorists to present us with the same (bad) solutions, just under different jargon. Just like how there are lots of buildings going up that look like the Javits Federal Office Building with those alternating window/metal panels. Real hip and original, guys....
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with its name and its design it just so reminds me of halo so bad lol
     
     
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What is wrong with Dubai?

So much bad design with all that money to spend and cheap labor to exploit! They ought to be building the finest designs in the world - buildings so innovative and lavish (as opposed to gaudy) that they would be financially impossible in other countries. Instead, they go for sheer height and flash over substance. Most Dubai skyscrapers are cartoon architecture, a grotesque pastiche of elements from successful American and Asian designs. The city is fast becoming the equivalent of a pimps' Cadillac. The worst examples of their world-class bad architecture are hideous. But even the "good" buildings in Dubai are ever-so-slightly amiss somehow - whether it be massing, setbacks, facade colors and materials, etc. The only building that has a real chance of being something special - something Dubai can truly be proud of for something other than being the "World's Blankest Blank" - is the Burj Dubai (which ironically be the World's Tallest Skyscraper when complete).

So now "Index" is what passes for Minimalism and "distinctive elegance" in Dubai? To me it looks more like early 70s Modernism run amok, like a failed design for an overgrown EPCOT hotel that even Disney would have thought twice about slapping up.

It's bad. It's really bad.
     
     
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