17 - 19 SEPTEMBER 2019


Santiago Calatrava insists the Dubai Tower is his 'most beautiful' design yet


World renowned architect Santiago Calatrava has declared the Dubai Tower to be his 'most beautiful' structural masterpiece to date.

The Valencia-born designer - often described as the best of his generation - devised the plans for the stunning new landmark which, although its proposed height is still being kept a secret, promises to be even taller than the 828m high Burj Khalifa.

Incorporating a Hanging Gardens of Babylon theme, the mammoth tower will offer sumptuous city-wide views fromboth  a 360 degree observation deck and rotating outdoor balconies.

Dr Calatrava was discussing his thinking process behind the build while addressing a packed audience with a keynote speech at Dubai Design Week.

Introducing digital design images of the tower at the conclusion of a presentation focusing on his vast collection of works from around the world, the multi-award winner said: "And here maybe my most beautiful design!

"I was asked to make the most beautiful tower, so I thought - for me - it has to be like a flower. It has to be like a leaf. And it has to be very transparent.

"For me, it was about the 1001 Nights. The desert is a place to dream, where you look at the stars and dream. It's all about the legends, and I wanted to put all of these things in the tower."

Construction on the sky-high build began earlier this month, with Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on hand at the Dubai Creek Harbour to 'break ground' and get the work underway.

Dr Calatrava is also the brains behind the UAE Pavillion for Dubai Expo 2020, the year-long celebration's focal point and a project he also touched upon during his fascinating talk, explaining again how the flat roofed, all white structure took its inspiration from the wings of a desert falcon.

The two Dubai projects are set to add to Dr Calatrava's vast portfolio of iconic works.

Others include the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Calgary Peace Bridge, the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens and the Turning Torso Tower in Malmö, recently awarded the Ten Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Dr Calatrava has also recently been commissioned to design three bridges in Huashan, China and has two projects in the U.S. currently under construction, the Margaret McDermott bridges in Dallas and the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in the WTC in New York.

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