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In Progress: Dubai Pearl / Schweger Associated Architects

21:00 - 9 July, 2011

Construction of Schweger Associated ArchitectsDubai Pearl is continuing. The groundwork, foundations, basements and lower grounds floors of the four towers which form the central section of Phase 1 of the development is now complete. A total of 3.5 million man hours have so far been spent since work started on site and over 60,000 cubic meter of concrete has been poured on one of the largest construction projects still being developed in the UAE.

The Pavilion Synopsis / Studio M

00:00 - 30 June, 2011
The Pavilion Synopsis / Studio M, © Sid Siva
© Sid Siva

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Nobu Dubai / Rockwell Group

00:00 - 2 April, 2011
Nobu Dubai / Rockwell Group, Courtesy of  rockwell group
Courtesy of rockwell group

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Palm Atlantis Monorail Station - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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  • Area

    11500.0 m2
  • Project Year


Brusselssprout's proposal for Design as Reform Competition in Dubai

12:30 - 14 July, 2010
Courtesy of Brusselssprout
Courtesy of Brusselssprout

Brusselssprout’s design “Mosque is More” was selected as finalist for the Mosque Category for Design as Reform Competition in Dubai. You can see more images, a video and architect’s description after the break.

Magnolia Tower Dubai / SADAR + VUGA

17:00 - 22 February, 2010

SADAR + VUGA’s submission for the Deluxe Serviced Apartment Tower in Burj Dubai district was shaped by the ambition and inclination of the developer, Damac Properties, to erect a unique residential building in the rapidly developing area by the Burj Dubai tower. The building would be distinguished by its architectural design and image; at the same time, it would serve as a model of a functioning and energy-efficient residential building at the beginning of the 21st century.

More images and full architect’s description after the break.

Sky, a Dubai video

12:30 - 20 February, 2010

Filmed by Philip Bloom over 5 days and nights, this beautiful video gives us another view of the amazing city of Dubai.

Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) opens: the tallest building in the world

08:21 - 5 January, 2010

With its final height kept as a secret until the last minute, we witnessed the incredible opening of the tallest building in the world.

Burj Dubai: Almost ready and in detail [updated]

11:28 - 24 December, 2009

The tallest building in the world will be opened in just a few more days. This 2.3 gigapixel photo, composed of 381 images taken with a Canon 5D Mk II with a 400mm lens by bristolg, who posted a video to show the high level of detail of the image.

AD Round Up: Architecture in Dubai

18:30 - 24 July, 2009
AD Round Up: Architecture in Dubai

Maybe no other place on Earth has made more notice over the last few years than Dubai. From tall buildings to a houseboat, you can find all sort of architecture in this fantastic city. Enjoy our last Round Up of the week!

Mirage / B4FS

13:17 - 9 June, 2009

Architect’s description and more images after the break.

Window of Dubai / ICE

13:00 - 8 June, 2009


With the recent negative feedback on some websites about the winning entry and the initiative of Bustler to publish all non-winners, we have shockingly realized, that we have not been the only ones, who have been Dubai-tized. Even as we started the project, the boundaries of cynicism, architectural integrity and the potential of just doing anything have been extremely blurred by the word alone – Dubai. Given those parameters, we went down a road, which lies on the verge of our own office integrity and agenda and the insanity of an architect’s wet dream. Not that we want to start a discussion about ethics in architecture, but it seems that all of us are responsible for the direction architecture took. Please find here our last project in that direction.

Architect’s description and more images, after the break.

Al Rostamini Headquarters / MAD

07:30 - 22 May, 2009

Architects: MAD Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun Site Area: 4,392 sqm Constructed Area: 50,000 sqm Program: Office Headquarters Client: Al Rostamini Group Ltd Images: MAD

Dubai Tall Emblem Structure / Francois Blanciak Architect

21:00 - 13 May, 2009

Here’s Francois Blanciak Architects proposal for the TyssenKrupp Elevator Award to develop an iconic tall emblem structure for Zaabeel Park in Dubai.

This is one of the 926 proposals submitted for the competition.

Seen at designboom. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Houseboat / X-Architects

00:00 - 7 February, 2009
Houseboat / X-Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Category

  • Program

    Leisure home
  • Area

    220.0 m2

Jumeirah Gardens / SOM & Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

22:32 - 13 October, 2008

UPDATE: We wrongly credited the whole project to AS+GG, but they were only comissioned to design the three main towers, on a master plan designed by SOM Chicago.

It seems no one told Dubai about the financial crisis, as new projects keep being unveiled. This time, our green friends over Inhabitat tipped us on a mega development, owned by Maraas Holding: The Jumeirah Gardens. The master plan for this project was designed by SOM Chicago, and consists of a mixed-use development that incorporates low, medium, and high-density zones for business, residences, retail, leisure, and recreation – a city within a city, with an estimated cost of US$95 billion.

The three main towers were comissioned to Chicago based architects AS+GG (Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill), The most impressive one -and the third tallest tower in the UAE- is 1 Dubai, pictured above. The tri-partite skyscraper will be 3218 ft (981m) tall, and the towers will be connected by a series of glass suspension sky-bridges. This bridges are so big, they even grow palms on them as you can see on the further renderings. At the base of the buildings, grand arched entrances allow boats to travel underneath the building and into a central atrium space. The mixed-use development includes a hotel, residential, commercial retail and entertainment space totaling 800,000-900,000 square meters.

Burj Dubai, tallest building in the world almost finished

21:41 - 19 August, 2008

Some love this building, and some hate it. I´m impressed.

The Burj Dubai (set to be the tallest tower in the world, while the tallest structure as of now), is almost finished. Located in Dubai, it´s the centerpise of a mixed-use development that will include 30,000 homes, 9 hotels, 3 ha of parks, 19 residential towers, a man and a 12ha artificial lake.

I decided to Google about the Burj Dubai a little, and i found an interesting interview at Wired with SOM´s structural engineer Bill Baker, telling the story behind the design, the structure and construction. The foundations were overengineered just in case the client wanted to rise the height of the building during construction… which he did!. Now the final height won´t be disclosed until the construction is finished.

For now, enjoy this pictures the air on an helicopter by David Hobcote, seen at Gizmodo: