Giant Turbine in the Sky

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The latest addition to the Dubai skyline is the Anara Tower, which promises to be one of the most massive structures in the world. And at the top of the proposed tower will sit a gigantic, but strangely non-functional, turbine.In an effort to become the most architecturally advanced city in the world, Dubai has made plans for the world’s tallest building, the world’s largest arch bridge, and a building that changes shape over time. Now they're keeping up with pace with Anara Tower, designed by British firm Atkins Design Studios At 2150 feet, it's just 500 feet shy of the nearly completed Burj Dubai, which will soon be the tallest building in the world. It will provide a mix of ultra-luxurious office, home, and hotel space, and will boast outdoor gardens extending into the highest floors. Despite the obvious industrial influence of the design, Atkins claims its inspiration was more religious in nature:

Inspired by the vertical shape and representation of the Minaret, the antecedent of lighthouses and skyscrapers of today, the central aim behind the creation of Anara Tower is to produce a form that would be instantly recognizable on the local, regional, and architectural stage.

Although Atkins does pledge to maximize the energy efficiency of the tower, the incorporation of the turbine-like propeller design is puzzling in a city whose projects have caused notorious ecological destruction, almost an ironic reminder of how environmentally unfriendly Dubai can be. But its incorporation in such an elegant way into such a beautifully designed and prominent building may offer hope that future architects will be more willing to incorporate more functional components in their building designs.

Illustration for article titled Giant Turbine in the Sky

[Anara Tower via Inhabitat]

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Corpore Metal

What the hell? Why a turbine-like thing at the top if it doesn't do anything? Does it do anything?

I was one told by a vocational test in high school that I had a personality suited for a career in architecture. Phew! I'm glad I didn't take that test at all seriously.