The world’s tallest building is set to be completed later this year. Its creation will now be chronicled in what is apparently going to be the world’s largest book.
March 2, 2009 8:56 by Aarti Nagraj
Many stories surround the creation of the Burj. Here are a few:
Adrian Smith, the Burj’s designer, apparently drew his inspiration from the Hymenocallis flower, a six-pointed desert flower that is widely cultivated in Dubai. However, Smith apparently admitted in 2005 that the flower idea had come after he had completed the design, and that it was just a marketing tool.
According to The Architect Online, the plan to build the record-breaking tower was first discussed in 2000, but in a different location, the Dubai Marina. In 2003, the current location was chosen, and the idea expanded to include hotels, malls and parkland, copied from Kuala Lumpur City Centre, home to the Petronas Towers. Mohammed Alabbar, Mark Amirault, and Robert Booth, executive director at Emaar, sat through the night discussing the plan.
Emaar then hired the master planner who had designed the Malaysia project, David Klages of RNL, and began to plan a new city center for Dubai on essentially the same model.