The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. The Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.

Dubai

Nowhere does the cliché about skyscrapers being an expression of oversized ambition play out so credibly as in Dubai, a city state with five topped out supertalls-the most of any city in the world. With a population of only about 1.4 million and no oil of its own, in the 1990s Dubai began to position itself as the financial, commercial, and recreation center for the Gulf region. Over-the-top real estate ventures, such as the artificial Palm Islands, drove the economy. Many separate clusters of skyscraper development were constructed at once, including the skyline of Sheikh Zayed Road , Downtown Dubai, with Burj Khalif as the centerpiece, and Dubai Marina, with its dense cluster of supertalls. The pencil-thin towers illustrated at the left, part of the Dubai Marina development, are unusual for supertalls in being all-residential buildings.


23Marina 23 MARINA
Dubai, anticipated completion 2011
395 m/ 1296 ft/ 89 floors
Developer: Hiranandani Group
Architect: International Engineering Center | KEO | Hafeez Contractor
Structural Engineer: KEO International Consultants
G.F.A: 2.4 million sq ft

Princess Tower PRINCESS TOWER
Dubai, anticipated completion 2011
414m/ 1358 ft/ 101 floors
Developer: Tameer Holding Investment
Architect: Engineer Adnan Saffarini
Structural Engineer: ASE
G.F.A: 1.6 million sq ft


Elite Residence ELITE RESIDENCE
Dubai, anticipated completion 2012
380 m/ 1247 ft/ 91 floors
Developer: Tameer Holding Investment
Architect: Engineer Adnan Saffarini
Structural Engineer: ASE

Marina 101 MARINA 101
Dubai, anticipated completion 2012
412 m/ 1,352 ft/ 101 floors
Developer: Sheffield Real Estate Group / EMAAR
Architect: National Engineering Bureau
Structural Engineer: National Engineering Bureau
G.F.A: 1.7 million sq ft


Pentominium PENTOMINIUM
Dubai, anticipated completion 2013
518 m/ 1693 ft/ 122 floors
Developer: Trident International Holdings
Architect: Aedas
Structural Engineer: Hyder Consulting
G.F.A: 1.6 million sq ft

Pentominium

NEXT