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Old June 29th, 2005, 03:56 PM   #1
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DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE (DIFC)

Some months ago Dubai launched a new megaproject , the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre ) ,
scheduled to be finished in 2008/2009,
and consisting of 35+ office/res/hotel Towers and several low/midrises.

The project features:

a complete city , not just a business center.

Biggest parking spaces in the world aimed to solving traffic problems.

First Opera house

Malls never seen anywhere else in the world
Biggest underground mall , 2 kilometers in length and 4 stories deep (U/C)

Horizontal elevators that will take people from one building to the other

Biggest underground parking space for 37,000 cars (U/C)

Hotels and spas

50,000 specialists and businessmen will work in the DIFC



thanks to dubai forumers.



MASTERPLAN




Released towers: (More to come)

THE GATE,15F,80m


PARK TOWERS,30F



THE HEXAGON,62F,250m +



SKY GARDENS,39F,160m



ONE CENTRAL PARK,80F,328m



LIBERTY HOUSE,42F




MORE:








The project is located directly next to Dubais Highway SZR; just behind the Emirates Towers and only 1-2 km away from Burj Dubai.

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Old June 29th, 2005, 04:01 PM   #2
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How come you decided to post this now and not a few months ago when it was released. This is the project with the best towers though.
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Old June 29th, 2005, 04:03 PM   #3
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maybe there was a thread in news and developments but i did not find it.
nevertheless it came to my mind to show it to you , because some new information appeared during the last few days.
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Old June 29th, 2005, 04:29 PM   #4
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i thought hexagon is part of shanghai future developments?

see the 2 identical tower on this pic, that is the hexagon







the silvery colour one
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Old June 29th, 2005, 04:39 PM   #5
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on the right?
looks a little bit the same, maybe architects are the same.
nevertheless the other one was approved for difc.
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Old June 29th, 2005, 10:58 PM   #6
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The Gate looks like Gran Arch in La Defense.
Isn't One Central Park cancelled?
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Old June 29th, 2005, 11:08 PM   #7
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The ones in Shanghai look totally different from Hexagon. Caesar Pelli designed them I think.
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Old June 29th, 2005, 11:41 PM   #8
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"Biggest parking spaces in the world aimed to solving traffic problems."

Are they serious? How does creating more parking, or bigger parking, for that matter, solve traffic problems?

On a more positive note, this is a very cool plan that will add some depth to the SZR skyline with some very interesting and unique designs. I also like the road that passes underneath the building and the waterway. It should make for some pretty spectacular ground views.
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Old June 30th, 2005, 06:02 AM   #9
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"Biggest parking spaces in the world aimed to solving traffic problems."

Are they serious? How does creating more parking, or bigger parking, for that matter, solve traffic problems?

On a more positive note, this is a very cool plan that will add some depth to the SZR skyline with some very interesting and unique designs. I also like the road that passes underneath the building and the waterway. It should make for some pretty spectacular ground views.
Agreed. They should focus more on developing a good public transit system. The Dubai Metro is an important first step
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Old June 30th, 2005, 07:54 AM   #10
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what is the 2nd step in your opinion?
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Old June 30th, 2005, 07:55 AM   #11
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Quote:
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"Biggest parking spaces in the world aimed to solving traffic problems."

Are they serious? How does creating more parking, or bigger parking, for that matter, solve traffic problems?

On a more positive note, this is a very cool plan that will add some depth to the SZR skyline with some very interesting and unique designs. I also like the road that passes underneath the building and the waterway. It should make for some pretty spectacular ground views.
Disagred, What would you rather have -massive on grade blacktop areas like in mose US cities or a below grade 4 story car park, out of site and with good accessability to major traffic routes.
This is not about educating people to use mass public transport, here as else whatre car is king so you accept that fact and work with it as apposed to working against it and creating chaos.
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Old June 30th, 2005, 08:02 AM   #12
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lol i made a double post and there were 8 (EIGHT) minutes between the two posts.
my wireless lan connection is really crappy...wtf.

the shanghai hexagon looks totally different.
i agree with you SA Boy, if the car is the most used transportation system, like it is in dubai and every other city , the best you can do is to make it easy, simple and fast to use.

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the shanghai hexagon

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Old June 30th, 2005, 08:01 PM   #14
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That shanghai building looks nothing like the Hexagon in DIFC!
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Old June 30th, 2005, 08:49 PM   #15
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Disagred, What would you rather have -massive on grade blacktop areas like in mose US cities or a below grade 4 story car park, out of site and with good accessability to major traffic routes.
This is not about educating people to use mass public transport, here as else whatre car is king so you accept that fact and work with it as apposed to working against it and creating chaos.
SA BOY, I agree with you that below grade or above grade parking is better than surface parking, and don't like the surface parking in most US cities. I was merely pointing out the absurdity of that statement. Parking will never fix traffic problems. Fixing traffic problems has to do with the amount of space available for cars while they are in movement, not when they are being stored, or parked. The capacity of your transit, whether it be roads or rail, is what fixes or causes traffic problems, not parking.
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Old June 30th, 2005, 09:38 PM   #16
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^not necessarily true, cole.

for sake of argument, you're defining transit as capacity literally, yes? in your case its a fairly limited (no pun intended!) description. A "last-mile"-solution in the transit could easily be defined as final resting place of said system; i.e., parking...

just a more holistic approach to the ailment of congested arteries~

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Old June 30th, 2005, 09:46 PM   #17
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Disagred, What would you rather have -massive on grade blacktop areas like in mose US cities or a below grade 4 story car park, out of site and with good accessability to major traffic routes.
This is not about educating people to use mass public transport, here as else whatre car is king so you accept that fact and work with it as apposed to working against it and creating chaos.
No wonder we've got global warming if people think like that. 37,000 car parking spaces is a disgrace for a nation that is trying to reduce its dependency on oil and sell itself as a modern, dynamic and forward-thinking country. A new skyscraper in central London providing 140,000sq m of space has only 6 car parking spaces, all underground and all reserved solely for disabled people. It also has around 500 bicycle spaces and 200 motorcycle spaces. You don't need cars to make a city work... in fact if you want to build a city that works, get rid of the car. So if Dubai thinks that building a 37,000 space car park is clever, it doesn't bode well for the city's future.

No doubt the huge malls and office complexes will all be air-conditioned too, instead of utilising traditional vernacular architecture that doesn't require artificial ventilation? Plain stupidity.
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No wonder we've got global warming if people think like that. 37,000 car parking spaces is a disgrace for a nation that is trying to reduce its dependency on oil and sell itself as a modern, dynamic and forward-thinking country. A new skyscraper in central London providing 140,000sq m of space has only 6 car parking spaces, all underground and all reserved solely for disabled people. It also has around 500 bicycle spaces and 200 motorcycle spaces. You don't need cars to make a city work... in fact if you want to build a city that works, get rid of the car. So if Dubai thinks that building a 37,000 space car park is clever, it doesn't bode well for the city's future.
This skyscraper in london = used for offices, people work there, and so they will get to work any way they can because they want to keep their job. Dubai is a city that is not only trying to attract buisness, but also tourists, with many many monies. I dont think sorta rich tourists are going to ride their bikes from their hotel to the mall.

come on over to dubai, where you can relax and forget you troubles, but please, bring your motorcycle. Oh and if your not that rich, bring you bicycle and ride it down our scorching highways.

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No doubt the huge malls and office complexes will all be air-conditioned too, instead of utilising traditional vernacular architecture that doesn't require artificial ventilation? Plain stupidity.
Its Dubai. Think desert...sand...hot. Natural ventilation techiniques will not work as well in a place with an average temperature of 30 degrees celcius.
London is a different story...
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No wonder we've got global warming if people think like that. 37,000 car parking spaces is a disgrace for a nation that is trying to reduce its dependency on oil and sell itself as a modern, dynamic and forward-thinking country. A new skyscraper in central London providing 140,000sq m of space has only 6 car parking spaces, all underground and all reserved solely for disabled people. It also has around 500 bicycle spaces and 200 motorcycle spaces. You don't need cars to make a city work... in fact if you want to build a city that works, get rid of the car. So if Dubai thinks that building a 37,000 space car park is clever, it doesn't bode well for the city's future.

No doubt the huge malls and office complexes will all be air-conditioned too, instead of utilising traditional vernacular architecture that doesn't require artificial ventilation? Plain stupidity.
What are you on?

London, is one of the worlds most polluted and most congested cities.

Most people in London, will do anything to get to work, or they'll get fired... In Dubai it's a life of comfort a life of luxury a life of conveniance....

Plus Dubai wants to target quality & upscale tourists, not backpackers on bicycles!
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