Once before in 1997 we had visited Dubai, and seen the sand stretching out endlessly, with a handful of tall buildings rising on "the strip." Then 16 years later, in 2013, when we made a second visit to the oil-soaked Sheikdom, we could hardly believe our eyes. There were skyscrapers clustered like weeds. Rising prominently on land reclaimed from the sea was the most elegant and expensive hotel in the world — the 7-star Burj al Arab, resembling the sail of traditional dhow. Also on display was the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, soaring majestically to a height of 830 m.
Among the unusual architectural edifices is the 75-story residential building, Cayan Towers, shaped like inter-twined helical spirals. Within the 310 m distance that the building rises above the marina below, each of the four sides twists gradually by a full 90°. At the ground floor, the windows on one side may face East; on the top floor, the windows on the same side would face South. The future will have to judge whether this fairyland of opulent architecture is successful. Architects obviously love experimenting with ideas in form and function. Frequently they succeed. And sometimes they achieve outlandish form, devoid of function. This particular tower I personally liked very much.
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daddo (22372) 2014-06-06 21:12
Greetings Bulent. I like it too this twisting form for it goes against the ubiquitous shoe boxes that tell of lack of imagination and architectural stagnation.Great idea to use the lamp post as a guide to all things vertical(after one makes adjustments to the left and right for the wide angle). Best wishes. Klaudio.
SnapRJW (28909) 2014-06-06 23:31
Hello Bulent - Did I read somewhere that this 'twisted' building was design so as to deflect the wind and stop it from wobbling about? An elegant building with a restrained quirkiness which I like very much and a good vertical framing which shows more of the Dubai 'lifestyle' through the yachts in the FG.
serp2000 (37517) 2014-06-06 23:52
Hello, dear Bulent,
This is good example of so clever using of the oil-dollars. As these another 7-stars hotels in Dubai. Anyway I like this so brave architecture idea and impressive realization. Well done!
Best wishes from sunny warm Ural!
carlo62 (26884) 2014-06-07 1:15
questa torre non l'avevo ancora vista, non credo che riuscirei a salire li sopra.....
Bella condivisione, ottima l'inquadratura che comprende il palazzo a sinistra, aumenta l'effetto della distorsione e della grandezza di quello di destra.
snunney (78789) 2014-06-07 2:50
I last visited Dubai in the late seventies/early eighties so I don't suppose I would recognise it all. One wonders when the money is going to start running out if it hasn't already and whether all the investment has really been worth it. Only time will tell. Good capture of this millionaire's playground with its futuristic architecture.
lousat (71435) 2014-06-07 3:50
Hi Bulent.A beautiful of some of the incredible architechture builth in Dubai,the big and strange building on the right is truly original and a bit crazy...ehehehe...a very interesting post made with a perfect quality of details and colors and in the best exposure too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (20105) 2014-06-07 8:20
I am with you, this is a wonderful building, very playful. And I find that its fun design belies its height, I would never have guessed this to be so incredibly tall! This is a very nice composition of it, and makes it look like it is dancing.
photoray (9867) 2014-06-07 12:16
Definitely an architectural masterpiece, unlike any skyscraper I have seen before, and the spiral shape must be a very tricky design for the tallest building?
Plus I note the crowded marina of pleasure boats in the foreground. Must be good to have oil riches supplying wealth.
Thanks for sharing,
Didi (54667) 2014-06-08 7:50
Hi dear frien
Very original high building, strange architecture indeed
Very good subject for photographic composition
dale54 (6249) 2014-06-08 10:55
hello bulent..this place sure look's like it has money..as your pic show's..superb shot..and look at that building..WOW!! dale
worldcitizen (6415) 2014-06-08 12:03
This is definitely an interesting skyscraper. With the twisting facade it looks very precarious, like a strong bit of wind could topple it. I like this view, with the marina in the foreground. I hope you're doing well, and enjoying the end of spring. :-)
Royaldevon (25898) 2014-06-08 13:56
An amazing building, perfectly placed in this portrait style format. It says much about the innovation created by the wealth of this oil-rich country. Your notes tell of other eye-catching building ventures.
I have seen some very interesting programmes about reclaiming the land and the rush to buy properties on this newly created 'land'.
My warm regards,
fabbs99 (15675) 2014-06-08 22:57
Lovely view of the twisted building.The opulence of the Sheikhs is quite evident here.Excellent image quality with good colors and sharpness.Very well done. TFS.
jemaflor (80000) 2014-06-09 1:18
Impressive architecturen well taken and presented in a vertical format, nice light and sharpness, tfs.
mesutilgim (79394) 2014-06-09 1:23
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Dubai'den güzel bir mimari çalışma. Özellikle dünyanın bu kesiminde mimarların fantazisi sınır tanımıyor !
Kareye bakarken düşünmeden edemedim; bu binanın statik hesaplarını yapan mühendis kimbilir ne çileler çekmiştir.
Selam ve sevgiler
jhm (134498) 2014-06-09 4:18
My studies are architecture drawing, but this type of skyscraper have I never seen certainly not 50 years ago.
Your picture is wonderful with the twisting skyscraper.
These picture is very nice sharp and clear, see I three hot air balloons at the sky!
Nice panorama view about these area, with depth and perspective.
Excellent composition nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS
Have a nice day,
Fis2 (81530) 2014-06-09 9:15
A very interesting building (screw).
I like POV and composition.
Good colors and light.
papagolf21 (82978) 2014-06-09 23:25
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
L'homme n'a plus de mesure toujours plus haut, toujours plus grand, toucher le ciel !
Force est de reconnaître que les architectes maîtrisent la construction en espérant que cela ne soit pas aux dépens des occupants !
Une très bonne prise de vue comme à l'accoutumée.
mjw364 (6998) 2014-06-10 10:13
So, the answer, my friend, lies twisting in the wind? Not quite Bob Dylan but if he were an architect no doubt he would come up with something like this maybe!
I see why you though my image was "Rockwell" in character. I can go with that.
In your image here I like the fact that the building looks like it's about to topple over. It really does put a "twist" on our perception since our usual mental schema of "building" is being challenged by the visual senses here.
mirosu (12288) 2014-06-11 2:42
Excellently arranged photo in superb long vertical format. The composition with small boats at the bottom following by toll buildings is perfect.
The view from lover angle makes the buildings majestic and dominant. The light is perfect, the contrast against blue sky superb.
I am asking myself when they will stop with this high rise constructions.
TopGeo (38168) 2014-06-11 23:11
This is definitely an interesting skyscraper in view of city. I like this view, An idea of Architecture excellent and modern
Thanks for sharing,
Sonata11 (33087) 2014-06-12 19:19
Hello Bulent, this architecture is impressive and the same time very beautiful. I think that I feel more comfortable in the one story house hahaha. Tfs this amazingly beautiful composition. Like it. Best regards, Barbara
COSTANTINO (50693) 2014-06-13 12:33
Hello my dear friend
what could I say for this breathtaking capture?
only greetings here we can see the modern
architectural details with a vertical framing
and the use of the lamp in the center
as a guide to all things
have a nice weekend
rbassin (15878) 2014-06-13 12:39
une bonne composition de cette architecture étonnante, certe une prouesse technologique mais au niveau de l'architecture , on peut s'interroger.
Silvio1953 (115145) 2014-06-14 3:32
Ciao Bulent, lovely composition with fantastic buildinmgs and a lot of boats, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
holmertz (36451) 2014-06-17 7:22
Scrolling the photo up and down it's like I see the skyscraper twisting before my eyes. This is a very interesting building and there are many more quite spectacular ones in this part of the world. What I often ask myself when seeing this kind of very unusually shaped buildings is what they look like inside. Does furnishing constitute a special problem in flats with no straight lines?
ikeharel (51495) 2014-06-17 8:25
An amzing view of a modern desert metropolis, Bulent, from the marina on sea-level and up to the scraper's top.
Placed the lamp-post immaculately on pic., scaling the whole.
details are sharp and well lit.
macjake (51418) 2014-06-18 3:22
I'm with you on this one, i like it very much as well.
the twist and turn is very interesting, the physics involved in this building could be a study onto its own.
Dubai is a country i've never visited, and with all the architecture going on there I think I'd be in heaven :)
the boats in the marina show some of the money you're referring to as well. thanks for the fun photo with a bit of a twist!
eldancer1 (24761) 2014-06-18 6:53
The twist of this building is more pronounce than the Veer Towers that we have in Las Vegas, did you see them when you were in Las Vegas last April? I don't think I can live in those types of buildings. Nicely captured with good details. Well done, tfs.
ChrisJ (94426) 2014-07-01 15:29
Smart choice of a vertical format and these increasingly frequent departures from the conventional rectangular blocks are a welcome change. Good sharpness and the repetition of the fg boats add interest. I wonder what they will nickname this one? Tfs!
mcmtanyel (10079) 2014-07-12 22:32
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
I was in Dubai in 1993. I would love to see the new Dubai. That tower on the right look about ready to fall over but I guess looks are deceiving.
PS. We are planning a trip to DC area first half of August. Are you close to DC?
Gigidusud (13161) 2014-07-16 6:13
Hello dear Bulent,
A great architectural shot with this original building on the blue sky. Well done!
Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (34575)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-10
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-06 19:08