The Unusual Architecture of Dubai - Part 1
Thu, 04/30/2009 - 09:58
Dubai is the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. However, in 1975 this number was much smaller, something around 183,200. Seen by the whole world as a futuristic and modern city, t's in constantly change, Dubai has invested heavily in architecture, hiring some of the most famoust architects to project its skyline.
The question I ask as an architect is: Is that the architecture of the future? Will Dubai be a reference for the world architecture?
Dubai in 1990
Dubai in 2003
In 2005 the real state sector contributed with 22,6% of the Emirates economy. On the other hand, the oil contributed with less than 6%. Another very interesting fact is that right now between 15% to 25% of the tower cranes in the world are in Dubai.
Take a look at some of the most unusual projects that I've selected and let me know what you think.
Rem Koolhas OMA
The Dubai Renaissance
Jebel al Jais Mountain Resort
Abu Dhabi's Performing Arts Centre
The Rotation Tower
Dubai Opera House
Louvre Abu Dhabi
The Pixel Tower
The REEM Media Building
The Oval Tower
Burj Al Arab - Tower of the Arabs
Trump International Hotel and Tower
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
The Infinity Tower
The Al Sharq Tower
Hydropolis Underwater Hotel