Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dubai Doo Do

I have some catching up to do after my break but today's news about the opening of the Burj Dubai seemed a good topic about which to return to the bikesandbuildings blogosphere. Predicatably enough, and as with most things Dubai, I dislike this building quite intently. Here's a few reasons why:

>Floors 160–206 are Mechanical. Yes, that's 46 floors of mechanical. How sustainable? What a waste!

>Design Architect Adrian Smith told the BBC that the building "is as good a building as I could get". What an endorsement!

>"Outside, and at a cost of Dh 800 million (US$217 million), a record-setting fountain system... shoots water 150 m into the air, accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. On 26 October 2008 Emaar announced that based on results of a naming contest the fountain would be called the Dubai Fountain." What an imagination...