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New supertall skyscraper unveiled for Dubai

12/02/2019
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The latest addition to Dubai’s ever-changing skyline has been revealed and it features a unique design to suit the shimmering megacity’s reputation for outstanding architectural feats.

The Burj Jumeira rises from an artificial lake decorated with the fingerprint of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
(Image via Dubai Holdings)

The 550-metre (1,804 ft) Burj Jumeira will stand as the centrepoint to a fully masterplanned downtown district near the city’s waterfront. 

Designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), whose previous work includes the Burj Khalifa and One World Trade Center, the Burj Jumeira is set to be the 6th tallest skyscraper in the world once finished. 

The 550 metre building will be the 6th largest in the world and will host social, cultural and artistic events and activities
(Image via Dubai Holdings)

The split volume tower features two curved faces, modeled on desert topography and connected at various points in the centre. Each one grows out of an oval shaped mirrored lake that features the fingerprint of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

If that wasn’t enough to make the design stand out, the facade will feature integrated digital displays and interactive lighting, while the lake will be home to water fountains and a terraced amphitheatre.

 Two rounded facades will be connected at various points, rising from a lake filled with fountains and surrounded by shops
(Image via Dubai Holdings)

“Burj Jumeira’s design is inspired by the harmonious ripples of the United Arab Emirate’s desert sand dunes and its flowing oases,” said a representative of Dubai Holding - the state owned global investment holding company who are developing the project.

“The tower’s facade will be covered with digital displays that can be utilised for various occasions and celebrations, further reinforcing the tower’s role at the heart of Dubai’s community activities.”

 Integrated digital displays will cover the facade, allowing the building to optimise colours, patterns and designs for various events
(Image via Dubai Holdings)

The building is designed to host social, cultural and artistic events and activities. The lake will be surrounded by shops, and at 450 metres above the ground will be a flexible event space named the Crown, connected to a sky-lounge and sky-restaurant.

Multiple observation decks will be open on various levels, including one around three-quarters of the way up that will span the split-volume build, offering 360-degree panoramic views above Dubai. And if that’s not enough of a thrill, there will also be the option to skydive from the deck.

A new downtown district of Jumeira is planned for construction around the building
(Image via Dubai Holdings)

Viewing platforms will also feature interactive and immersive digital screens, to “go beyond the traditional concept of observation decks”, as will the lifts taking you throughout the building.

The Burj Jumeira will be connected to a covered pathway leading to the Sharaf DG Metro Station and the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah “sail building” hotel located on an artificial island 280 metres from the Jumeirah Beach.

Multiple observation decks will feature interactive, immersive digital displays for a unique viewing experience - while those brave enough can skydive from the main deck located 3/4 of the way up the building
(Image via Dubai Holdings)

“Burj Jumeira is bold, elegant and dynamic”, said Mustafa Abadan, design partner for SOM.

“It will tower over Jumeirah as the centrepiece of the neighbourhood and will feature a synthesised architectural and structural design.”

The building will be one of the tallest in Dubai and another unique design for the modern megacity
(Image via Dubai Holdings)

Work has already began on the building and the first phase is due to be completed by 2023.

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Very Impressive addition !!!
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