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Copy of Burj Al Arab [Case Study]
Transcript of Copy of Burj Al Arab [Case Study]
Completed in 1999 (Oct)
Opened in 1999 (Sept) 321 m Tower
15th Tallest Building in the World
Fourth Tallest Hotel in the World
60 m shorter than Empire State Building
Stands 300 m out to sea on a man made island
Builders drove 230 40 m long concrete piles into the sand
The foundation is held in place by the friction of the sand
& the silt long the length of the piles The surface of island = large rocks in 'honey-comb' pattern armour
protects the foundations from erosion
A gently curving road bridge links the island (which is some 450m offshore) to the Dubai mainland.
Tok 5 years of construction period & too 3 years to complete the island Stages:
Temporary tube piles driven into sea bed
Temp sheet piles & tie rods driven into sea bed
Boundary rock bunds deposited either side of sheet piles
Hydraulic fill layers deposited between bunds
Concrete armour units placed around island
2m dm 43m deep piles driven through island & sea bed below
Island interior excavated & sheet piles coffer dam inserted
Reinforced concrete retaining wall built
Basement floors created Born in Croydon a suburb of London (Sep.18th.1957)
Educated at Royal Russell School & Kingston Polytechnic School of Architecture
Became a member of Royal Institute Architects (1983) Designed Shape of a giant sail on a traingular plan
Stunning in its simplicity and clarity
Early development sketch of the hotel drawin by Wright on a paper serviette (while sat on terrace of Chicago Beach Hotel) & card model 1993: Tom's first drawing of Burj al Arab concept to client Site. The Goal of the building:
to create an icon for Dubai
A building that would become synonymous with the place
ex: Sydney = Opera House
ex: Paris = Eiffel Tower
ex: Toronto = CN Tower Solution to overcome complex 3-dimensional shape of Atrium wall while maintaining sail-like form of building: provide a series of shaped membrane panels (patterned & geometrically defined) Traditional & Modern Gross area: 1.2 million sf
28 double height space floors
each floor: 7m high
Atrium: 182m high (Tallest in the world) Dicroyic lights illuminating the exterior of the hotel in varying colours throughout the night.
Thanks. Aesthetics. Traditional & Modern Aesthetics. Plan. Fun Factor? Aesthetics.