Burj Dubai foundations fit for a possible 600 m tower

Preliminary site work for Burj Dubai — billed as the world’s tallest tower — has begun where the former Central Military Command used to be located in Dubai, next to Defence Roundabout.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  November 27, 2003

Preliminary site work for Burj Dubai — billed as the world’s tallest tower — has begun where the former Central Military Command used to be located in Dubai, next to Defence Roundabout. Emar Properties is taking no chances on whether its propsed tower will be the tallest building in the world. Foundations are being dug that will support a structure as high as 600 m tall, according to industry sources, although the tower is unlikely to top 550 m. The final height of the project has still not been disclosed, even though artists impressions are plastered on billboards all over Dubai. Details of the reconstruction of the New York World Trade Centre towers are expected soon, and Emaar wants to retain the option of being higher than any proposed skyscraper. Simply adding a towering radio mast or flag pole on top of Burj Dubai will not secure the record as these non-structural additions are not recognised as part of the height of the building. Emaar Properties has approved the preliminary drawings. These are currently being finalised. The Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is working on the architectural and engineering design contract for the Burj Dubai. When completed, the US $1 billion Burj Dubai is expected to surpass in height the 452 m Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the 508 m Taipei 101 tower, which is nearing completion in Taiwan and the 492-m Shanghai World Financial Centre that is under construction. SOM has been retained to provide fully integrated architecture and engineering services from design through construction stages. The design, conceived by SOM design Partner Adrian Smith, was selected as the winning entry in a competition earlier this year. Burj Dubai will be the centrepiece of a large-scale mixed-use development, which will combine residential, commercial, shopping, hotel, entertainment, and leisure outlets with open green spaces, water features, pedestrian boulevards, a shopping mall and a tourist-oriented old town. It is located between the first and second interchanges on Sheikh Zayed Road. The design is derived from the geometries of an indigenous desert flower, and the patterns of Islamic architecture.

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