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ZAHA GETS IN A SPIN WITH DANCING DUBAI TOWERS

Zaha Hadid has unveiled these images of her competition-winning Business Bay project in Dubai. The massive 560,000m 2 scheme, which features three intertwined skyscrapers, was chosen ahead of designs by Morphosis Architects, New York's RUR Architecture and Rem Koolhaas' Ofce for Metropolitan Architecture. Named the 'Dancing Towers' by Hadid, the development will sit on a circular island site in the heart of the rapidly expanding Business Bay commercial district.

The waterside skyscrapers will house apartments, a hotel, and office space and will be 'stitched' into their surroundings by two new bridges and an elongated park to the east. Describing the scheme, a spokesman for the practice said: 'The towers' striking design creates a new presence, that punctures the skyline with a powerful, recognisable silhouette.' The project is being backed by competition organiser and developer Dubai Properties - an arm of business giant Dubai Holding.

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