Dubai’s craziest tower yet is the world’s largest picture frame

April 26, 2017 by  
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Dubai is building its craziest tower yet – and it’s set to open at the end of this year. The “picturesque” skyscraper is essentially a gigantic gold-plated picture frame with an observatory that offers stunning views Dubai’s skyline . The 492-foot-tall Dubai Frame is nearly complete, however its design is mired in controversy. The Dubai Frame will be located in the city’s beloved Zabeel Park , and it’s expected to attract nearly 2 million tourists annually. Construction is currently underway, however the unique skyscraper has been struck by a massive lawsuit. Architect Fernando Donis has filed an Intellectual Property claim against Dubai Municipality stating that the city stole his design. Related: Dubai’s crazy rotating wind-powered skyscraper is actually being built After beating out 900 other concepts, Donis’ design was chosen as the winner of an international design competition , which was hosted by Dubai Municipality and ThyssenKrupp Elevator in 1998. After winning the competition, however, the architect and the city failed to agree on contractual terms to construct the building. Apparently that didn’t stop the city from taking the design as its own and forging ahead with construction. Work on the Dubai Frame began in 2014. Although the current design is notably flashier, the building is extremely similar to Donis’ prize-winning concept. Donis explained to CNN that the picture frame structure is “the same height, it’s very much the same width, the location is exactly the same and the name is even mine.” So far, the Dubai Municipality has not yet responded to claims that it has breached intellectual property laws. + Fernando Donis Via CNN Images via Donis Architecture

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Villa in Alps mimics the mountains with glimmering arches that provide strategically shifting shade

November 15, 2016 by  
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Villa in Alps is a conceptual design inspired by its namesake snowcapped mountains. Rozhko envisions the architecture project constructed from gleaming aluminum , echoing the icy origins of its inspiration. The arched structure mimics a pavilion of sorts, with spindly supports touching down in various points, using a very small footprint to hold up the undulating canopy of peaks and valleys. Related: Tiny alpine cabin rewards mountaineers who reach its stunning yet wild heights The design is meant to create moving spaces of shade and sun in an outdoor setting, such as a backyard or poolside, adjacent to a central residence. “(Villa in Alps) can make shadow and keep sunny areas for the whole day,” Rozhko said in his design statement, “and each zone is replaced by the previous, during the day when the sun changes its position.” With its smooth, arcing walls and large overall footprint, the mountain-like canopy offers outdoor shade without interfering with the ability to grow sun-loving greenery, evidenced by a lush living green wall included in the renderings. Meanwhile, views from the interior show how the Villa in Alps would offer unique mountain vistas, framed by its own sprawling arches. + Andrii Rozhko Via Yanko Design Images via Andrii Rozhko

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This new Dubai tower will create an artificial rainforest complete with a beach in the middle of the desert

October 15, 2015 by  
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Dubai builds world’s longest indoor ski slope – in the desert

August 5, 2015 by  
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Dubai to print world’s first 3D-printed office building

July 2, 2015 by  
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The United Arab Emirates likes to be first when it comes to amazing feats of construction and technology, and architecture in Dubai is constantly pushing the envelope. The world’s tallest building already towers over Dubai’s skyline, and now the city is planning to build the world’s first fully 3D-printed office building . It’s a cool, space-age structure that will save a bundle on construction costs and material waste. Read the rest of Dubai to print world’s first 3D-printed office building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , 3d-printed architecture , 3d-printed buildings , dubai , Dubai Architecture , dubai buildings , Museum of the Future , uae , united arab emirates , world’s first 3d-printed office building

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Deep Ocean Technology Unveils Plans for Their Insane Underwater Discus Hotel in Dubai

May 3, 2012 by  
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Polish firm Deep Ocean Technology has unveiled the latest of Dubai’s outlandish architectural endeavors — the Water Discus Hotel — which is to be comprised of a series of sci-fi styled discs, one of which will be positioned 21 stories underwater. Offering guests a view directly into the Persian Gulf from the beds of their modest two-person rooms, the hotel is to be constructed by shipyard firm Drydocks World. In addition to the unusual accommodation, the proposed hotel is to include a diving center, underwater tourist vehicles, a spa, garden areas, an above-water terrace, and a helipad for guests. Read the rest of Deep Ocean Technology Unveils Plans for Their Insane Underwater Discus Hotel in Dubai Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial reef , deep ocean technology , drydocks world , Dubai Architecture , green hotel , hydropolis hotel , modular architecture , ocean resort , persian gulf , scuba diving , tourist resort , underwater architecture , underwater vehicles , water discus hotel , weird hotel

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