New World’s Tallest Tower: Santiago Calatrava’s Tower at Dubai Creek Harbor

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has released more images of his proposed Dubai Creek Tower – now under construction and expected to surpass the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa. The landmark observation tower broke ground earlier this week on Dubai Creek Harbour, a vast development along the waterfront of the United Arab Emirates city. Calatrava hasn’t revealed the planned height of the tower yet – but the architect’s son, Micael Calatrava, has said that the structure will be “a notch taller” than the nearby Burj Khalifa. According to the team, the structure’s curved profile is influenced by both the form of the lily flower and the minarets that are typical of traditional Islamic architecture. It will feature rotating balconies, vertiginous observation decks and elevated gardens intended to evoke the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. “The building’s design is inspired by the Islamic tradition, evoking the same history that brought the world the Alhambra and the Mosque of Cordoba,” said Santiago Calatrava. The structure will be tethered to its waterfront site by cables – not dissimilar to those used in the architect’s Jerusalem Chords Bridge, which is modelled on a harp. These are intended to look like the ribbing of a lily’s leaves. Meanwhile, the observation decks will come together to create a bud-like shape near the top of the tower. “These architectural marvels combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry.” The tower will also integrate a sustainable cooling system that will also provide water for cleaning its exterior. “The design of the tower of Dubai Creek Harbour is rooted in classical art and the culture of Dubai itself. It is also a major technological achievement,” said Calatrava. “Throughout my career I have used technology and engineering as a vehicle for beauty and art,” he added. “This project is an artistic achievement, inspired by the goal of making this space a meeting point for citizens, not only from Dubai and the UAE but all across the world. It is a symbol of belief in progress.” The tower and Dubai Creek Harbour scheme are being developed by Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties, the same firm behind the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Creek Harbour scheme will also include a pair of rocket-shaped residential towers, which the developers say will be the tallest in the world.

Bionic Tower by LAVA

The intention of the Bionic Tower is to explore the array of ways in which natural and architectural can merge, creating the ultimate inhabitable structure. It starts at the basic level. Using references to the biological organization of the ecosystem, the design works its way from the smallest unit to the intelligence of the overall system. By use of parametric modeling of a behavioral logic the system gets constantly optimized. Designed by LAVA, this biomorphic project is inspired by nature, and attempts to conceive a structure of great lightness, efficiency and elegance, using advanced design techniques.

Impressive Woven Tower for Dubai

The impressive design for Woven Tower is created for a location in Dubai by Giuseppe Farris and Stefan Schöning. The proposed structure aims to capture several aspects of Arab culture: its tribal society and the trans-regional entrepreneurship. The building’s appearance refers to the date palm which, along with fruits and fronds continue to be an important product in Dubai’s everyday life. The twining maze of the building’s exterior simultaneously represents the network of trade and commerce routes that have, through history, arrived and departed from Dubai. The exterior also commemorates the tribal legacy and reminds of the dynamic maze of tribal affiliations that has given Dubai’s society its basic cohesion. Functionally, the building’s interior continues this celebration of the tribal cornerstone of Dubai identity. At ground level, it is an open structure, hence symbolizing the hospitality of the Dubai people and inviting all to enter. Visitors may find at different levels outside and inside the structure different kinds of majlis. Take a look!

Eco Tower Wuhan Greenland Center

Giant the Wuhan Greenland Center designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is going to be the world’s 4th tallest building. It will reach a height of 1,988 feet with 119 floors. Sleek eco-tower is an elegantly tapered structure featuring softly rounded corners and a domed top designed to reduce wind resistance and vortex action that builds up around super tall towers. Besides reaching for the sky, the green tower aims to provide for China’s ever increasing population, all while reducing energy use and carbon emissions.