Posted on March 30, 2008 by Admin
The largest of the seven emirates that constitute the federation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi is the capital and centre of government and business life in UAE.
A strategic hub located between Europe and Asia, on the north east coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Abu Dhabi is a vibrant modern Arabian city. It occupies an area of 67,000 square kilometres and has a population of 1,600,000 people.
Located on an island, Abu Dhabi is one of the greenest cities in the region with large gardens, parks and boulevards lining its streets.
Filed under: Giant Structure | Tagged: Abu Dhabi, Apartments, Ferrari Park, Formula 1, Golf Course, Hotels, Polo Clubs, Race Track, Restaurants, Skyscrapers, Villas, Yas Island | 2 Comments »
Posted on March 17, 2008 by Admin
Business Bay is a central business district under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The project features numerous skyscrapers located in an area where Dubai Creek will be dredged and extended. Business Bay will have upwards of 230 buildings, attracting commercial and residential developments.
Business Bay extends from Ras Al Khor to Sheikh Zayed Road. It is located for international trade as one end of the development touches Sheikh Zayed Road with its office towers housing international firms and the financial institutions of the Dubai International Financial Center. International hotels such as the Emirates Towers and Shangri-La are also on Sheikh Zayed Road. On the Creek side, Business Bay is next to the Dubai Festival Center and is in close proximity to Dubai International Airport.
Filed under: Giant Structure | Tagged: Business Bay, Commercial & Residential Developments, Dubaï Creek, Dubai, Skyscrapers, United Arab Emirates | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 26, 2008 by Admin
Bridges are often considered to belong to the engineer’s realm rather than the architect’s. But the architecture of infrastructure has a powerful impact on the environment. The Millau Viaduct, designed in collaboration with engineers, illustrates how the architect can play an integral role in bridge design.
Located in southern France, the bridge connect the motorway from Paris to Barcelona at the point where it is interrupted by the River Tarn, which runs through a wide gorge between two plateaus. A reading of the topography suggested two possible approaches: to cross the river, the geological generator of the landscape; or there was the challenge of spanning the 2.5 kilometers from one plateau to the other in the most economical manner.
Filed under: Giant Structure | Tagged: France, Giant Structure, Millau Viaduct, World Highest Viaduct | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 15, 2008 by Admin
The Umeda Sky Building is the seventh-tallest building in Osaka City, Japan. This 173m (568 feet) building was designed by Hiroshi Hara and was constructed by Takenaka Corporation and was completed in 1993. It consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center. The escalator can make you feel like you are floating up into the sky. It is the cheap way to see Osaka City, less than USD10 to go up the observation area.
Filed under: Giant Structure | Tagged: Escalator, Hiroshi Hara, Japan, Osaka City, Takenaka Corporation, Umeda Sky Building | Leave a comment »