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Old July 20th, 2007, 05:03 AM   #181
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No way. Already in 1980ies Riga TV tower got elevators with changing vector of movement (and not the first ones in world). Have used it - you don't notice even the diagonal movement - although elevator is very fast.
And before that there was the Gateway Arch in St Louis. The construction of the arch began on February 12, 1963, was finished on October 28, 1965 and was opened to the public on July 24, 1967 (after one of the trams was completed). It cost about $ 13 million to build. The two bases are equilateral triangles with sides 54 ft long. At the top of the arch, the triangle is only 17 feet long on each side. Visitors enter the arch from an underground visitor's center and can travel to the observation deck at the top in a 40-passenger tram that runs inside the arch.





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Old July 20th, 2007, 12:30 PM   #182
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Business Bay Signature Towers, Dubai

Start Date: August 2006 | Completion Date: December 2011

Arup completed the concept design for architect Zaha Hadid’s stunning twisting structures in the business bay district of Dubai. Originally known as the Dancing Towers, none of the three buildings [a 75-storey office development; 65-storey hotel; and 55-storey residential building] - is exactly vertical.

It was certainly an unusual design for Arup project manager Keith Jones and his team to work on. “We've seen a twisted geometry trend emerging in building design lately,” he comments, “but to date, I haven’t seen anything else quite like this.”
Business Bay Signature Towers, Dubai Zaha Hadid Architects
The project team carried out a study of the site – a circle formed by the extended Dubai Canal – to find the optimum alignment for the towers.

Two of the towers translate sideways as they rise before straightening again at the top and joining together. Structurally, the two towers had to be treated as one as they rely on each other to stand up. Although they will be joined at the top, the two buildings require different services designs - one will be used as a hotel and the other as residential apartments.

The design also had to take into account the region’s hot climate. The project team carried out a study of the site – a circle formed by the extended Dubai Creek – to find the optimum alignment for the towers. The resulting designs allow the towers to shade each other, helping to keep the towers' occupants comfortable under the hot Dubai sun. We also Elsewhere within Business Bay, we worked on the concept design for the centre living bridge and the new financial market [situated on the site adjacent to the towers]. Our Milan office carried out the structural design for the culture centre and our Sheffield office was responsible for the structural and mechanical engineering of the financial market building. Keith Jones' team based in London coordinated the dozens of specialists working on the various projects across the site.

Modern communications technology coupled with Arup's world class knowledge management tools, ensured teams spread across different countries and continents could work together easily and effectively. “Other than the initial kick-off meeting, we didn't need regular meetings where we all sat together around a table,” explains Jones. “Using technology to facilitate collaboration on the project saved us time, energy and the carbon output of having to travel and meet face to face.

Coordinating the towers project was helped by Arup’s existing relationship with architect Zaha Hadid and her company. "When Zaha Hadid won the competition to build the towers, Arup was already on board" Jones explains.

Arup is currently working with Hadid on a similar design for a competition in Dublin: a residential tower with a core surrounded by eight rectangles which translate outwards, giving a splintering effect. We are also working on the design of the new Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Old July 20th, 2007, 06:04 PM   #183
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Thanks for posting that.

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Old July 20th, 2007, 06:44 PM   #184
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muse nice shot! do you have a larger img of that overhead rendering?
thanks!
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Old July 21st, 2007, 10:21 AM   #185
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Futuristic design
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Old September 17th, 2007, 03:05 PM   #186
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I started a wikipedia article on this which I'm way too lazy to finish.
Anyone want to add some stuff?

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Old September 17th, 2007, 11:14 PM   #187
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I somehow forgot about these towers... damn Dubai sure knows great architecture.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 12:13 AM   #188
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Really crazy!
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Old September 18th, 2007, 06:22 AM   #189
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I hope they start to build the towers next year because they look amazing with taht modern design.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 05:22 PM   #190
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they will
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Old September 20th, 2007, 08:09 PM   #191
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20/Sept/2007

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Old September 20th, 2007, 10:00 PM   #192
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not much new since the last update
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Old September 21st, 2007, 02:08 PM   #193
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yeah now they're still doing the Soil Investigation ... should be completed before end of this month i guess.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 02:17 PM   #194
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Old October 18th, 2007, 04:02 PM   #195
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18/October/2007

Business Bay, Burj Al Alam and Signature Towers (ex Dancing Towers) plots



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Old October 20th, 2007, 10:56 PM   #196
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Awesome pictures! When will they going to fill up man-made lake/river?
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Old October 21st, 2007, 12:00 AM   #197
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not in the near future i guess...maybe 2009 or 2010
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 01:51 AM   #198
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 02:05 PM   #199
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nice towers, they look Dancing

making rivers in a dessert? Wow...

i like that
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 08:22 PM   #200
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man made rivers are cool.But now it seems like a big desert.
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