Who's Behind The Burj 2020 Tower?


Dubai, that glittering jewel in the Middle East, has been setting many records in the property stakes and they look set to continue.

828 metres is the height of the world’s tallest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa.

502,000 square metres is the area covered by Dubai Mall, the largest retail space in the world – and set to expand to one million square metres.

Soon, Dubai will also be home to the world’s tallest commercial tower, the Burj 2020, taking the mantle from One World Trade Center in New York (541 metres).

The height? Yet to be determined. "The demand that will be registering will dictate the exact height of the tower, but at the highest, it might go 700 [metres] plus," Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Executive Chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem, was quoted as saying on "We are looking at a supertall tower, and we are looking at having one of the world’s highest viewing decks which will offer [a] 360-degree experience."The Burj 2020 will be part of a megaproject called the Burj 2020 District which will include seven towers forming a combined retail, hospitality and residential precinct in addition to the commercial tower.

The design of the building is inspired by faceted gemstones and is set to be the “diamond of Dubai” according to one of the architects.

Adrian Smith (left) and Gordon Gill (AS+GG). Photo: Pawan Singh / The National[/caption]The designers have been revealed as Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill (AS+GG) – “tall building specialists” who are also overseeing work which is progressing on their design for the next ‘world’s tallest building’, Kingdom Tower, underway in Jeddah – a one thousand metre super-tall due to be completed in 2019/20.

Smith, as part of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the Burj Khalifa, and has been involved with designing four of the 11 tallest buildings on earth. Gill, his partner in Chicago has been involved all along.

Smith told James Langton at about the interest people have in tall structures: “Looking back into history everybody has aspired at one time or another to be on top of the mountain or to be the highest monument or the tallest observation location and I think that it’s ingrained in our DNA,” Smith said. “People are drawn to height.”

Gill said: “There’s a specialness about them [tall buildings], because they give you an experience you don’t normally get. One of the reasons people want to be on top of the mountain is that the perspective is so different. There aren’t a lot of people who have access to super-talls, so it is something unique.”

They still dream of a building to hit the magical one-mile height mark (1600 metres) and believe it is only a matter of time. They have the design but just need the right client they told

The Burj 2020 is due to start construction in 2016 and be completed in time for opening in 2020.

The model of Burj 2020 tower and surrounding district unveiled at Cityscape Global. Sourced from[/caption] Rendering of the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah sourced from The National / Jeddah Economic Company[/caption]Main image Credit:

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