The Most Iconic Building – Burj Al Arab
June 15, 2016

There are so many great architects who have decorated our cities with the best architectures. But here is one of the famous younger architect and designer of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai – Tom Wright. Burj al Arab in Dubai is one of the third tallest and most recognizable luxury hotels in the world. The structure of the Burj al Arab is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. The exterior design is remarkable for its sculptural form and it’s elegant and iconic. Let’s see more about the most iconic building in Dubai.

Concept and Design

The distinctive sail shaped Burj al Arab at Jumeirah is more than just a stunning hotel with a symbol of modern Dubai. The building’s structure is organized around two blocks forming a V shape enclosing a main courtyard with two steel arches which is got separated from the main structure. The concept to the architect was to create an icon for Dubai, which would become with synonymous with the place; like for Paris, the Eiffel Tower, London – the London Bridge and so on. Thus, Dubai was to have the Burj al Arab.

Tower of the Arabs

The hotel was built on top of its own artificial island with a separation of 250 meters from the beach. This is to give an idea that is floating on water. The building contains over 70,000 m3 of concrete and 9,000 tons of steel. It provides an impressive tennis court when not working as a heliport since the building is crowned by a suspended inverted cone.

Features of the Iconic building

Burj Al Arab consists of 202 rooms. Each suite forms a curved appearance that in turn defined a balcony to the upper suite. Each suite consists of two levels which were pre-fabricated and then installed on site, fitted on a concrete structure.

Dramatic Element – Al Muntaha

One of the most dramatic elements in the composition is the restaurant with its outstanding C section. “Al Muntaha” means the highest and it projects 30 meters on each side of the central column and is suspended 200 meters above the sea. The idea of the architect was that the people should feel that they are dining in the air, with an uninterrupted view of the surroundings.

To be continued……

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