Santiago Calatrava has won an international competition for a new landmark skyscraper in Dubai
The Swiss architect defeated five unnamed rivals to win the project which will be erected within the city’s Dubai Creek Harbour area.
The new building’s name and official height have yet to be announced although construction is expected to start in the next few months.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of the city, approved the winning design last weekend (6 February).
Commenting on the design – which is inspired by traditional Islamic architecture – he said it would deliver an ‘architectural wonder that will be as great as Burj Khalifa and Eiffel Tower.’
The landmark tourist attraction is Calatrava’s first major project in the Arabian Peninsula.
Famous for his iconic bridge designs, the high-profile architect recently completed Rio de Janeiro’s new Museum of Tomorrow and has nearly finished work on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York.
Once completed, the new tower will be linked to a 4.5 km boardwalk running through the Dubai Creek Harbour development featuring retail, dining, leisure and entertainment units.
Backed by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding, the RTKL-masterplanned 6 million m² development is expected to feature up to 39,000 homes and 22 hotels.
The first phase – featuring six residential towers designed by Atkins and known as the Dubai Creek Residences – is due to complete in 2018.
A Zaha Hadid Architects-designed opera house and cultural centre was previously planned for the area but abandoned following the global financial crisis (see below).
AJ23 Hadid opera house