UK architect slams Dubai’s ‘terrible’ buildings

RENOWNED British architect Sir Michael Hopkins labelled Dubai’s new buildings as “terrible” after a recent visit to the emirate.

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By  Rhys Jones Published  February 20, 2005

RENOWNED British architect Sir Michael Hopkins labelled Dubai’s new buildings as “terrible” after a recent visit to the emirate. In a report in UK architecture journal, Building Design, Hopkins said that Dubai was uninspiring architecturally and a difficult place in which to produce good design. Hopkins recently came face to face with the city’s architecture after designing 60 villas in Dubai’s Emirates Hills. “In Dubai, it is really hard because not only have you got this terrible stuff going up around you, but it is very hot and there is very little to deal with architecturally,” said Hopkins. “If you haven’t got a building next door that needs to be preserved, there is not that starting point. You have to start with the sun in the desert as a reference point.” However, Hopkins is reportedly designing a 65-storey offshore building in Dubai.

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