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Burj al Arab

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Tom Wright
location Dubai
function hotel, landmark
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The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) was conceived in October 1993 and completed on site in 1999. The brief to the architect was to create an icon for Dubai, a building that would become synonymous with the place. The hotel is built in the shape of a modern yacht sail to reflect Dubai′s seafaring heritage combined with a modern aspect moving forwards into the future. The concrete structure, with exposed diagonal steel wind bracing, is triangular in plan and founded on 250 concrete piles which penetrate the sea floor to a depth of more than 40m. The accommodation wings enclose two sides of a huge triangular atrium that runs up the full height of the accommodation floors. The third side, facing the shore, is enclosed by a double skinned, Teflon coated woven glass fibre screen; the first time such technology has been used vertically in this form or to this extent. The Burj is 321 metres high and is the tallest stand-alone hotel structure in the world (text from architect's website)

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Also a couple more photos, and notes, on flickr:
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Burj al Arab
Jumeirah Beach Road
United Arab Emirates
Project is public!
Completion 1999
Floor area/size 111500 m2
Cost € 650000000,-
ArchitectTom Wright
Client Jumeirah Group
Project ID 3373
Latitude/Longitude 25°08'28N 55°11'09E
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