February 13th, 2014
Michael Shainblum's image of the Burj Khalifa being struck by lightning doesn't deserve to be embedded here in scaled-down form: follow that link and see it properly. It's worth it.
(I do hope there was a mad scientist at the top of the tower, cackling maniacally as he tried to tap the power of the lightning storm to breathe life into his creation. Seems like such a waste of a good lightning bolt, otherwise…)
[Via Bad Astronomy]
December 24th, 2009
Geoff Manaugh proposes an alternative use for the Burj Dubai, just in case that whole hotels/offices/apartments business plan fails to work out.
February 17th, 2009
Coming soon to Dubai: the Michael Schumacher World Champion Tower…
LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) unveiled the design of the Michael Schumacher World Champion Tower in Dubai, the first project of a series of branded towers, a new concept by PNYG:COMPANY, a company focused on branding. [...]
According to the architects, the design of the 59 storey luxury tower is abstracted from the geometric laws of snowflakes and Formula 1 aerodynamics, in order to obtain an effficient/minimal structure, maximum views and optimal light and air distribution. [...]
- Catchy name.
Abstracted from the geometric laws of snowflakes and Formula 1 aerodynamics, eh? I just hope they're taking the Pepsi Gravitational Field into account.
- In the next plot along: the Damon Hill Memorial Bungalow.
[Via Smashing Telly, via Qwghlm]
April 28th, 2008
The Guardian's report on the travails of the Palm Jumeirah as residents move in and discover that the reality doesn't quite match the brochure's promises conjures up a picture of a thoroughly … cosmopolitan … neighbourhood:
The lab rats in this experiment are a strange mix. They include England footballers, a battalion of middle-class Britons from places such as Salisbury and Weybridge, and even, it is said, Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, who is thought to have a house opposite Kieron Dyer, the West Ham midfielder.
Truly, Dubai is a strange place.