Dubai is attempting to reach for a new world record: the world’s tallest tower with the Dubai Creek Tower.
Ever since the Burj Khalifa opened in 2010, it has retained its title as the world’s tallest building, though since the building is lived and worked in, it doesn’t qualify as a “tower.” The title went to Tokyo with the Tokyo Skytree in 2012, replacing Guangzhou’s Canton Tower.
Now, Emaar has awarded the contract to build the Dubai Creek Tower, which when complete in 2020, will be the second man-made structure to pierce the one kilometre height mark.
The first will be Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which after delays, is expected to open in 2020. In doing so, it will knock the Burj Khalifa off of its decade-long control of tallest building in the world.
Dubai needs to complete Dubai Creek Tower in order to retain its crown and has hired world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava to design the dizzyingly-tall tower.
Calatrava, who is known for designs inspired by nature and local cultures, has designed Dubai Creek Tower to replicate forms that are common in Islamic art and architecture, including the motif and shape of a lily, and a graceful minaret at the peak of the structure. The structure will be draped by supporting wires, tethering the structure and ensuring its strength.
Dubai Creek Tower will Calatrava’s second architectural masterpiece in Dubai, as he was chosen to design the UAE’s pavilion at the Dubai World Expo in 2020.
The Tower will be located near the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, an environmental paradise in a rapidly built-up city.
The Dubai Creek Tower anchors the Dubai Creek development, just upstream from Downtown Dubai, but with the height and planned lighting features (it’s said that every day after sunset, there will be a white light projected from the tower into the night sky), it’s likely that you won’t be able to go anywhere in the city without instinctively turning your head towards the graceful structure.
The Burj Khalifa will be only eight kilometres upstream from Dubai Creek Tower. It will probably be quite the sight to be in the top level observation galleries of the new tower and looking down upon the Burj Khalifa.
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