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Dubai's newest skyscraper, Burj Jumeira slated to sing to the tunes of SOM

Burj Jumeira by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP is expected to be a 550m tall skyscraper making its mark on Dubai’s skyline, emulating the regional dunes and oases of the UAE.

by STIRworld Jul 29, 2019

Giving the Burj Khalifa some competition is the announcement of the latest project designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) – the Burj Jumeira. It was unveiled early this year by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and the Ruler of Dubai. The Burj Jumeira seeks to be an aerodynamic, 550-m tower located in the Al Sufouh area of the popular Jumeirah neighbourhood of Dubai. Aiming to be one of the tallest buildings in the world, the first phase of the project is expected to be completed by 2023.

The rendering of the Burj Jumeira that is proposed to stand tall at 550 metres| Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP| STIR
The rendering of the Burj Jumeira that is proposed to stand tall at 550 metres Image Credit: SOM | ATCHAIN

Located directly between the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel and the Sheikh Zayed Road, Burj Jumeira will become the new focal point in the Dubai skyline and in the Jumeirah neighbourhood. Its upper stories will feature world-class dining, active programming, and multiple observation decks with 360 degree views of Dubai. A reflecting pool at the base of the tower has been designed for reconfiguration into a staging structure, which will provide a premier space to host cultural events. At the periphery of the tower, a new retail destination will seamlessly flow into the surrounding neighbourhood.

The Burj Jumeira has been planned as a multi-functional tower with retail outlets along its periphery| Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP| STIR
The Burj Jumeira has been planned as a multi-functional tower with retail outlets along its periphery Image Credit: SOM | ATCHAIN

“Burj Jumeira is bold, elegant, and dynamic,” said SOM Design partner Mustafa Abadan. “It will tower over Jumeirah as the centrepiece of the neighbourhood, and will feature a synthesised architectural and structural design.” Burj Jumeira’s impressive height and unique, bifurcated shape were made possible by a collaborative design approach, led out of SOM’s New York office.

  • The bifurcated design of the Burj Jumeira tower makes for an impressive facade replete with metal panels| Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP| STIR
    The bifurcated design of the Burj Jumeira tower makes for an impressive facade replete with metal panels Image Credit: SOM | ATCHAIN
  • The upper stories of the Burj Jumeira tower have multiple observation decks with panoramic views of Dubai| Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP| STIR
    The upper stories of the Burj Jumeira tower have multiple observation decks with panoramic views of Dubai Image Credit: SOM | ATCHAIN

The building’s high-performance architectural and structural design are integrated into a singular expression. The geometry of the exterior bracing is optimised to strengthen the tower against lateral forces and the building’s form aerodynamically mitigates the wind loads. A facade system made of metal panels blends seamlessly into the structural system, and the central void creates the space for Burj Jumeira’s panoramic views. The tower’s flowing design emulates the regional dunes and oases of the United Arab Emirates, while its spherical observation deck is evocative of the native gulf pearl.

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