In architecture, designers create buildings, skyscrapers, and even sculptures to satisfy the societies taste for creativity and spark. Architects strive to have their very own landmark building that sets theirs from others. Gustav Eiffel has the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Frank Lloyd Wright has Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, and Tom Wright – no relation to Frank Lloyd – has the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
Born in 1957, Tom Wright has had a knack for building exceptional and meaningful structures that stand the test of time. He is currently collaborating with the Atkins Team to help design, create, and erect valuable and eye – staggering structures such as the Burj Al Arab.
Where exactly is the Burj Al Arab? Three hundred meters out to sea on the coast of Dubai, stands the massive three hundred and twenty one meter hotel. Dubai, located on the tip of Saudi Arabia, is known for its vivid architecture such as the Burj Dubai, which is an eight hundred and eighteen meter skyscraper and the Dubai Mall, a nearly half a million square foot mall with more than a thousand stores.
The Burj Al Arab serves as a thirteen-story hotel that exceeds limitations in many ways. It holds multiple dining areas for heavy paying customers that wish to feel like royalty. Although most customers say that the Burj Al Arab is a one-time thing, they seem nothing less than thrilled departing the hotel. A guest is capable of enjoying many activities such as Horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours, and even subtle things such as golf.
Burj Al Arab is the first five star hotel and also the highest hotel today. The 321-meter giant unifies and glorifies the city of Dubai. Known for its extravagence and beauty Dubai reaches new heights and ground breaking records to be first in the race of architecture. Dubai is a country to be reckoned with due to its fast moving economy and quick creative thinking skills.
Tom Wright was given the task to design a building that speaks Dubai; a task to speak money. In the shape of a sailboat comes the design of the beautiful and luxurious Burj Al Arab. The uplifting motion and the unification of the sails create a monument that screams for attention just as it juts out of the city of Dubai. The color choice – blue, navy, and grey set the scene by using colors natural to the sky.
Burj Al Arab is a giant to modern society in the United States. It reflects how little and slowly or design process is compared to international countries. I selected this goliath because it’s form and beauty is set apart and is a landmark in design.