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Burj Al Arab

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Burj Al Arab

Juicybeatz Uploaded on: May 16, 2009
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felobedo
Posted by felobedo on 09/08/11 at 12:34 AM
Tom Wright is the architect and designer of the Burj al Arab in Dubai, UAE.

The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) was conceived in October 1993 and completed on site in 1999. The lower left image shows Tom Wright′s first drawing of the Burj al Arab concept that was shown to the client in October 1993 which along with the simple card model shown above convinced the client that the tower should be built. The felt pen illustration to the left was an early development sketch of the hotel drawn by Wright on a paper serviette whilst he sat on the terrace of the Chicago Beach hotel which stood adjacent to the site of the Burj al Arab.

The brief to the architect was to create an icon for Dubai, a building that would become synonymous with the place, as Sydney has its opera house and Paris the Eiffel Tower so Dubai was to have the Burj al Arab. On the links page the Atkins Press pack can be downloaded which contains further information on the Burj al Arab.

Tom Wright lived in Dubai during the design and construction of the project working as the project Design Director for Atkins one of the world′s leading multi discipline design consultancies.

Since 1999 Tom Wright has continued to work for Atkins as Head of Architecture from the Atkins H.Q. in Epsom, London.

Tom Wright is British, born in Croydon a suburb of London on 18th September 1957. Educated at the Royal Russell School and then Kingston Polytechnic school of Architecture. Wright became a member of the Royal institute of British Architects in 1983 and has been in practice ever since.
Ahava
Posted by Ahava on 07/29/09 at 03:53 PM
ah... the beautiful Burj AL Arab... wish i could afford to stay there. the interior is quite beautiful!. :D

i loved Dubai when i visited (though it was only a layover for 24 hrs.) the burj al arab was built by a swedish designer and the support beams make the shape of of cross which directly faces the country of kuwait (which happens to be UAE's longtime rivals.)