The designers of the world’s tallest building are planning to smash their own record by creating an even taller structure. The viewing tower will cost around $1 billion (880 million euros) and will be “a notch” taller than Burj Khalifa. Unlike the Burj Khalifa, the new tower will not be a traditional skyscraper but more of a cable-supported spire containing “garden” observation decks graced with trees and other greenery.
A model of the Tower Project at Dubai Creek Harbour Development designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, in Dubai. Dubai is reaching for the sky once again, with the developer of its world’s tallest building vowing Sunday to build an even taller tower bedecked with rotating balconies and elevated.
Company Chairman Mohamed Alabbar said the new observation tower would be “a notch” taller than the 2,717-foot (828-meter) Burj Khalifa. Just how much taller he wouldn’t say.
Mr Alabbar likened the structure, designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, to a 21st-century Eiffel Tower that can act as a magnet not just for tourists but also for property buyers willing to pay a premium for nearby apartments with a view.
Saudi Arabia is currently building another tower in Jeddah that will rise more than a kilometre in height. The $1.23 billion Kingdom Tower is also set to be unveiled by 2020 and will boast around 200 floors.
Dubai has carved out a reputation for futuristic new skyscrapers and a unique skyline in recent years.