After the completion of the Burj Khalifa in 2010, Dubai is once again trying to beat itself to the title of the world’s tallest building with this new and ongoing construction of the Creek tower. The site of Dubai Creek Harbor is located at 8 kilometers east of Burj Khalifa.The design comes from the Spanish-Swiss architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava and will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Creek Habour development, a new downtown district with a mega-mall.The Creek Tower is solely being developed by Emaar, which is the largest real estate developer in Dubai and which also developed the Burj Khalifa. For Dubai Creek Tower, Santiago Calatrava claims the inspiration of his design was drawn from the natural form of lily, a kind of plant that can be found in desert areas, lily also inspired the foot print shape of Burj Khalifa.
“the tower is influenced by the natural form of a lily and evokes the shape of a marint, a distinctive architectural feature of Islamic culture. The iconic cultures combines modern sustainable design with the rich culture and heritage of United Arab Emirates”
Nobody can quite tell the height of the tower till date. The developer Emaar will not announce the exact height of Dubai Creek Tower until its official opening in 2020 or later, in this way they can efficiently prevent its height from being surpassed by some potential competitive projects. And hopefully the Jeddah tower construction still on going in Saudi Arabia would have been completed, so the creek tower would still be adjusted to surpass it if the Jeddah is taller. But from speculations gathered from reliable sources, emaar properties and son of Santiago, the height is expected to be between 928-1300m tall.
The most distinctive feature of Dubai Creek Tower is those cable arrays, which was inspired by the ribbing of lily leaves. These sturdy cables connect the tower to the anchors that spread on the ground on two sides of the tower, making the structure more stable and safely to be built to over 1300 meters. Although it’s been said to be inspired by lilies, the tower without its cables look like a space rocket just before it is launched.
The preparation works began in October 2016, around 170,000 cubic meters of soil was excavated to make space for the foundation of the tower. After that 145 piles were laid and inserted into the bottom at 75m deep, 210 thousand tonnes of concrete was poured to form the foundation. The foundation work was completed in May 2017.
The tower will use a heavy efficient cooling system. The water collected from the system will clean the building’s facade. Elegant landscape and vegetation will encourage soil protection. The tower will house ten observation decks including two VIP observation garden decks made to recreate the splendor of the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It will also include numerous balconies that rotate outside facade of the tower. There’ll be a café in one of the observation decks. There building will also be used for retail, museum, residence etc. So let’s sit with our fingers crossed as we await the completion of these futuristic edifice.