Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Dubai’s Skyline likely to emerge as a strong competitor

The renowned Architect, Hazel Wong, has proclaimed that Dubai’s Skyline will be a competitor in days to come with most other architecturally well-known cities.

Wong, the Regional Director of RMJM, an architectural firm in Dubai, who also helped in designing of the Emirates Towers in Dubai, said that the architectural spotlight will be shifting to Dubai, which also has designs such as the Dancing Towers and Burj Dubai.

While speaking during the landmark ceremony of the West Wharf Residential Tower in the “New Manhattan” Business Bay in Dubai, Wong is reported to have mentioned that Dubai has stood apart in being the main focus of global architecture and is continuing to attract plenty of international tourists. The velocity of developments, wherein the planning and building of the projects takes place at a very rapid pace, is very satisfying for the architects.

UAE has been attracting some of the renowned architects, like for instance Zaha Hadid, the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 for the design of Dancing Towers at Business Bay, which was revealed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

He added that unlike North America, Canada or in Europe, where there are lot of historical precedents and considerations that are laid down for approval of a project, especially when designing something outside the norm, in Dubai architects have more freedom to go beyond the norm. A few such projects that were recently launched in the UAE have gone much ahead of the norm, like the fully rotating tower, a structure that takes the shape of UAE flag, and the three palm-shaped islands, which have raised many eyebrows. Another such innovative project is the human shaped Burj Al Arabi, which hit controversy due to the non-approval of the design from Limitless, the owners of the Jumeirah Village Master Plan, where the building was likely to come up.

However, Wong refused to comment about the architectural significance of these designs, and stated that there is always room for a more sophisticated and creative design in Dubai’s skyline.

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