The latest addition to Dubai’s ever-changing skyline has been revealed and it features a unique design to suit the shimmering megacity’s reputation for outstanding architectural feats.
The 550-metre (1,804 ft) Burj Jumeira will stand as the centrepoint to a fully master planned downtown district near the city’s waterfront.
Designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), whose includes the Burj Khalifa and One World Trade Center, the Burj Jumeira is set to be the 6th tallest skyscraper in the world once finished.
The split volume tower features two curved faces, modeled on desert topography and connected at various points in the centre. Each one grows out of an oval shaped mirrored lake that features the fingerprint of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
If that wasn’t enough to make the design stand out, the façade will feature integrated digital displays and interactive lighting, while the lake will be home to water fountains and a terraced amphitheat.
,,Burj Jumeira’s design is inspired by the harmonious ripples of the United Arab Emirate’s desert sand dunes and its flowing oses”, said a representative of Dubai Holding company who are developing the project.
”The tower’s façade will be covered with digital displays that can be utilized for various occasions and celebrations, further reinforcing the tower’s role at the heart of Dubai’s community activities”.
The building is designed to host social, cultural and artistic events and activities. The lake will be surrounded by shops, and at 450 metres above the ground will be a flexible event space named the Crown, connected to a sky-lounge and sky-restaurant.
Multiple observation decks will be opened on various levels, including one around three-quarters of the way up that will span the split-volume build, offering 360-degree panoramic views above Dubai. And if that’s not enough of a thrill, there will also be the option to skydive from the deck.
Viewing platforms will also features interactive and immersive digital screens, to ,,go beyond the tradition concept of observation decks”, as will the lifts taking you throughout the building.
The Burj Jumeira will be connected to a covered pathway leading to the Sharaf DG Metro Station and the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah ”sail building” hotel located on an artificial island 280 metres from the J Beach.
‘‘Burj Jumeira is bold, elegant and dynamic”, said Mustafa Abadan, design partner for SOM.
”It will tower over Jumeirah as the centrepiece of the neighbourhood and will feature a synthesised arhitectural and structural design.”
Work has already began on the building and the first phase is due to be completed by 2023.