Undoubtedly, the most mind-boggling, strange, and other-worldly architecture on the planet can be seen in one place, Dubai. It is like stepping into a futuristic world on a distant planet of hyper-intelligent beings. That, or someone was really bored with the same-old same-old and decided to tip the scales of sanity completely off the grid. We love Dubai and here are some of our favourite buildings in this fantastic city!
Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) Hotel
The Burj Al Arab Hotel was the tallest hotel in the world until the Rose Tower, also in Dubai, took the crown. The Burj Al Arab is designed to look like a billowing sail from a boat yet from some angles looks more like a ship’s hull protruding upward as though sinking into an unseen ocean. It does have a sleek, subtle beauty as it stands as a solitary structure on a man-made island some 900 feet from the Jumeirah beach. Its only connection to the beach is a single narrow bridge. Does anyone else have that foreboding feeling that it’s just a matter of time before it sinks?
The Dubai Mall
By now you’re thinking that Dubai doesn’t do anything on a small scale and the Dubai Mall is no exception. It is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the world with 1,200 retail stores, two anchor department stores, and more than 160 food establishments. The mall includes its own lake, a huge aquarium with sharks, a 150-game amusement park, and an indoor ski resort. The complex, inside and out, is visually stunning. Put on your walking shoes because navigating this mall requires sensible footwear.
The Burj Khalifa Hotel
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, and not by a little. The Sears Tower, located in Chicago, Illinois, looks like a toddler next to this skyscraper. Its height reaches an astounding 2,716.5 feet with more than 160 stories. It also holds the record for the highest observation deck. Nosebleed, anyone? It also boasts an elevator with the longest travel distance in the world. This building is so tall that at times you can look down on clouds and see the tops of other buildings poking through. Finally, Jack won’t need that beanstalk after all.
The Dubai Towers
Though it hasn’t been built yet, it’s worth mentioning the Dubai Towers. If you check out the concept images of it online, you’ll see it’s like four monstrous glistening tentacles reaching upwards toward the blue sky. The towers are meant to represent the movement of candlelight, but hey, tentacles are like candlelight, right? The towers will range from 57 stories to 94, but their actual height is not known. It is estimated the tallest one will be 1,310 feet tall. Calamari, anyone?
You can bet future buildings will be stranger and more mind-blowing than the ones already built. It seems the architects are continually trying to outdo each other with seemingly impossible designs. There’s even a space station in the works. It’ll fit right in.