Now? Right here?

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]

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Burj Dubai

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.

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Michael Schumacher World Champion Tower

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. […]

Three observations:

  1. Catchy name.
  2. Abstracted from the geometric laws of snowflakes and Formula 1 aerodynamics, eh? I just hope they're taking the Pepsi Gravitational Field into account.
  3. In the next plot along: the Damon Hill Memorial Bungalow.

[Via Smashing Telly, via Qwghlm]

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Buyer's remorse

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.

[Via Pruned]

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