Posts Tagged ‘United Arab Emirates’

FUTURE TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD

October 8, 2008

In September Emaar Properties declared that their Burj Dubai’s height is over 688 m (2,257 ft) surpassing the Warsaw Radio Mast in Poland as the tallest man-made structure ever built. About a month later Nakheel Properties announced that they are planning Nakheel Harbour & Tower, with the tower to be over 1 kilometer high. Finally a normal looking coastline of Dubai!

The design is incorporating the four disctricts that were inspired by Islamic cities of the past, such as Tangier’s grand promenade in Morocco, Alexandria’s glorious port in Egypt, Isfahan’s transcendent bridges in Iran, and Alhambra’s majestic gardens in Spain.

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ARABIC LOUVRE BY JEAN NOUVEL

October 3, 2008

The new Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will function as a shielding parasol from the scorching sun, as an oasis, when its completed by 2012. The web-patterned dome creates a beautiful play of light as the sunlight filters as through branches and leaves on a tree. Natural light like no one has seen anywhere but in nature. The space will house art from France’s the Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay and Versailles. Voilà.

The architect is the famous and of course French, Jean Nouvel. If I was to build a house tomorrow, I definitely would incorporate this kind of lighting either inside or outside the building even though l’m living in Scandinavia. While dreaming, why not install an organic focal point in the ceiling by John Carpner Design AB. The cost of living outside inside? $2.800 (20.000 SEK).

Funny fact: Jean Nouvel is a favorite of architect buff Brad Pitt’s who named a child after him, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.