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Old July 31st, 2010, 02:12 AM   #4841
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Wow, that pic is full of orbs!!! must be lots and lots of ghosts floating around there! lol

I have never seen that many orbs in one pic before!!
when the environment is full of dust from construction sites, those 'orbs' will appear when taken with flash.

same thing will happen when you take a picture in a sea front or on a boat with splashing waves.

just to break your record, check this picture.

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it is small water droplets that are not even felt by your skin. happens in the sea.


you should appreciate the pictures since the city is out of limits for most.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 02:59 AM   #4842
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...imo this clock tower is one massive kitsch...
Instead of designing something completely modern and unique,
we are getting something, that mixes many various styles and pretend to look like skyscraper from the 30's of the XX century.
It also completely doesn't fit to the space where it's placed.
It's way too big comparing to its neighbours.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 03:33 AM   #4843
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love the new render
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Old July 31st, 2010, 04:36 AM   #4844
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The first pic was taken few days ago by hailah, I uploaded it because the design written on the cladding is clear. Thanks again to our friend ashiqulhuur . The rest of pics are from the back of the building and eastern side.







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Old July 31st, 2010, 04:55 AM   #4845
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In that third picture it looks as if the old stuff behind it where the rest of the Abraj project is supposed to go isn't even demolished yet.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 05:04 AM   #4846
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In that third picture it looks as if the old stuff behind it where the rest of the Abraj project is supposed to go isn't even demolished yet.
checkout Google Earth, most of the space have been cleared out.

here it is in Google Maps.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 05:26 AM   #4847
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In that third picture it looks as if the old stuff behind it where the rest of the Abraj project is supposed to go isn't even demolished yet.
Smart
The area you're talking about is originally a mountain. They have been digging to prepare it for construction. Compare the first pic from (May/2005), with the second from (Feb/2010).





The third pic is probably been taken from some part on the left.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 07:17 AM   #4848
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Sweet! looks like the spire is going up now!
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Old July 31st, 2010, 09:46 AM   #4849
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woooow
great update ibib

i think the have started working on the spire
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Old July 31st, 2010, 10:59 PM   #4850
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The latest update by Ashiqulhuur , great as always. We are lucky to have this guy there.











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Old August 1st, 2010, 12:02 AM   #4851
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...imo this clock tower is one massive kitsch...
Instead of designing something completely modern and unique,
we are getting something, that mixes many various styles and pretend to look like skyscraper from the 30's of the XX century.
It also completely doesn't fit to the space where it's placed.
It's way too big comparing to its neighbours.
This tower is quite fascinating as it is an architectural response to an almost impossible brief - create one of the world's tallest buildings and put it next to a site viewed by a large part of the world's population as the holiest place on earth.

The only similar project I can think of is that for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site with its joint remit of creating a massive office development and at the same time referencing what is to many people the most sacred place in the United States:



These two places may seem like the opposite ends of the earth but in many respects they are very similar.

The types of skyscraper that you see in Shanghai or Hong Kong or even Dubai would be totally out of place here. Any building would have to defer to the holy site that it dominates and the Burg Al Bait does that through the layout of its buildings and that enormous clock.

I remember someone on this thread saying that the clock was necessary to ensure the muezzins started up on time - which does beg the question of how they managed to cope over the last fifteen centuries. However, the clock's more important role is to confirm that the Burj Al Bait is not an intrusion on the holy site but one that complements it.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 03:12 AM   #4852
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beautiful !
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Old August 1st, 2010, 04:37 AM   #4853
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mind blowingly amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!!!!!!!!!!

and just a beautiful piece of architecture
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Old August 1st, 2010, 02:31 PM   #4854
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It turned out to look so beautiful clock
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Old August 1st, 2010, 03:25 PM   #4855
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...imo this clock tower is one massive kitsch...
Instead of designing something completely modern and unique,
we are getting something, that mixes many various styles and pretend to look like skyscraper from the 30's of the XX century.
It also completely doesn't fit to the space where it's placed.
It's way too big comparing to its neighbours.
Agree.
Reinterpretation and respect of traditional arts and ways of building shouldn't be a plain, shallow and acritical copy.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 05:40 PM   #4856
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For those of you who don't know yet: With the shortening of the Guangzhou TV tower to 600m this one advances one step further in the list of tallest freestanding structures from #3 to #2 (unless the Tokyo Sky Tree tops out before this one, which is highly unlikely.)
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Old August 1st, 2010, 05:42 PM   #4857
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The third pic is probably been taken from some part on the left.
Yeah, on that pic it did indeed look like everything was still full of old buildings behind the main structure. The Google Earth pics you provided of course cleared that up, cheers!
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Old August 1st, 2010, 06:33 PM   #4858
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Guyzzzz....unfortunately...there r 2 buildings UNDER CONSTRUCTION in china.....
1) Shanghai Tower = planned height = 632 m
2) Pingan International Finance Centre = 648 m

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Old August 1st, 2010, 08:15 PM   #4859
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But they won't T/O before this one
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Old August 1st, 2010, 08:18 PM   #4860
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Indeed. This will be the second tallest building for quite a while, and the second tallest structure for probably at least half a year until the Sky Tree's antenna goes up.
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