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Woods Bagot draws up 1km-tall tower for Dubai

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Dubai developer Nakheel has unveiled this image of a 1km-tall tower designed by Woods Bagot Architects.

If built, the building will become the tallest in the world, dwarfing the SOM-designed Burj Dubai, which is currently the world’s tallest tower despite still being under construction. Burj Dubai is expected to be 818m-tall by the time it is completed.

The Nakheel tower will have more than 200 floors, include 150 lifts and use 500,000m3 of concrete, and is a show of defiance in the current global economic climate.

Nakheel chief executive Christopher O’Donnell said: ‘This is a completely iconic development. It was always going to be a project that would take 10 years plus.

'When you go about trying to fund a project like this, you have to take account of the economic cycles.’

It is understood that as well as the 1km-tall tower, the development will include another 40 towers, ranging from 20 to 90 storeys in height.

Nakheel is also behind Dubai's highly ambitious man-made archipelago in the shape of a palm tree.

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