07 April, 2008

Higher and higher... what's the point?

Another tower, higher than the previous one - what's the point other than bragging rights? Would anyone really want to live or work that high up? I know I wouldn't.
Nakheel’s Al Burj will reach a height of 1,200 metres on Limitless’ Arabian Canal development, according to media reports citing project consultants Woods Bagot. The new tower will be around 300 metres taller than Emaar’s Burj Dubai project, which will set a new world record on completion.  “We are still finalising the design concept of a new project involving an iconic structure,”

19 comments:

hemlock said...

the boys didnt have many toys to play with when they were little, did they? :(
it's tragic.

Anonymous said...

wikipedia seems to have a lot of info on that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Burj

1200m seems like a lot. Is it even possible? How long would it take an elevator to reach the top?
What about the swaying at the top?

And how do you exit when the elevator is stopped because of a fire? base jumping? :)

Kyle said...

So, what will they baptize this new structure, now that Burj Dubai is a go?

Anonymous said...

The main point is to show that Dubai can do what what no other city has the guts or capability to do.

jay said...

it is all about who has the biggest proverbial dick.

Umar in Dubai said...

it's not only pointless it's scary considering how vulnerable these structures can be... and im talking about natural disasters only.

Keefieboy said...

This has always been on the cards. I believe it's the I.M. Pei design that was originally called The Pinnacle and was first of all going to be on Palm Jumeirah, and was then relocated to Palm Jebel Ali.

Can you build that high and withstand natural disasters like earthquakes? Yes, you can. It just becomes disproportionately expensive to do so. But if you have a client who has far more money than sense and has no expectation of recouping the investment in their own lifetime, then it can happen.

Whether is should happen or not is an entirely moot point. But The Pinnacle is the reason why Emaar has never revealed the finished height of Burj Dubai.

existential al ain said...

You said, "what's the point"

Well, why not? The idea of building the (most current) tallest building is akin to doing something that nobody has done before [i.e., nobody has a taller building than the tallest building until someone makes that taller building] -- and yet it's something that's always just quite feasible to do.

If you consider it as an expression of originality, (as defined above), then it's actually quite a worthwhile endeavor.

NOMAD said...

I read that he has an inferiority complex that needs to be enlarged :lol:

the real nick said...
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the real nick said...

Highrise building is the Formula 1 of construction. What's the point? The same as Formula 1. Same as trying to get to Mars - Pushing the boundary, technical advancement, competition, prestige.

Commercially viable? cheap? No, but these weren't questions either when man invented the steam engine or went to Moon.

Lirun said...

being that high would make me feel sick..

S. said...

lol@hemlock
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nick: I think it's unfair to compare a trivial pissing contest to a notable invention in human history such as the creation of the steam engine.
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The fact that both are being built in the same country, same city and within close proximity of one another diminishes the originality of the concept. After reading the article, I think the reader is left with this question, "has Dubai finally run out of ideas?"

existential al ain said...

s. -- Originality would be in the building proper itself (it being the tallest, hence taking up the space of being the tallest in a way that was not taken up prior to that (now new) tallest building.

It doesn't matter if the two buildings are in the same city or not. Originality has no quota system.

Imagine that: sorry, only one inventor (or invention) per city please.

S. said...

existential: lollll @ "Imagine that: sorry, only one inventor (or invention) per city please."

Point well made. I agree with your statement to a certain degree. I agree that the originality will be in the building itself. Be that as it may, the originality does not exist in the building being marketed at the tallest building in Dubai.

UmmeAaiman said...

Dubai won't stop at anything..... While zillions of dollars are spent on constructions, that will make Dxb look like a place a tourist must visit once in his lifetime... The monarchy won't spend more than a few cents on things facilities to make life simpler.

Paraglider said...

It's a deterrent. You build the world's highest building. That triggers your competitors to build one higher. But if, while still the biggest, you announce your plan to build higher still, and frighten off enough of the competition, you might just never have to build it. It's all part of Dubai's secret frugality scheme.

B.D. said...

Tall buildings--what is there not to say about them. Great visual impact. Great for viewing the surrounding areas. They elevate you above the mundane and claustrophobic world. How can anyone not be thrilled at such a wonderful birds-eye-view? Would I want to live in one. Of course, if I could afford it. The references to phallic insecurities are tired and stupid. There's a lot of intrinsic value in erecting the tallest building in the world. Go for it, Dubai!

Anonymous said...

Why go skywards? isn't their enough space on the ground ? why increase traffic jams if the answer is to expand horizontally not vertically ?

Anyhow, why not build the biggest University or the biggest Hospital...that would be something to be proud of and that would actually carry some added value...

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