Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the authority behind the Jumeirah Lakes Towers, has announced the names of the two architects who have been chosen to draw up plans for the tallest commercial building on the planet, to be known as Burj 2020.
Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, a pair of British architects who were previously based in Chicago with Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Other projects undertaken by both Smith and Gill, include Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower which is set to become the tallest freestanding structure in the world when it is completed in 2019, as well as Atlantis The Palm, Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace, and the Grand Hyatt in Kuala Lumpur.
To be built close to Jumeirah Lake Towers, the record-breaking structure will be the centrepiece of a new district by the same name, currently in the planning phase with international firm WATG.
No visual representations have yet been seen, but it is understood the whole district will span 1.3 million square metres of commercial, retail and hotel space. The highlight is said to be a 360-degree observation deck at the top of the tower, taking the record from Burj Khalifa.
Official figures on height are also a closely guarded secret, though if the target of a record is to be met, Burj 2020 will have to top the 541 metres of New York’s One World Trade Center.
Other than the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest man-made structure at 829.8 metres – Dubai also has the world’s tallest residential building, the Princess Tower in Dubai Marina, standing at 414 metres high, and the world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marquis on Sheikh Zayed Road, standing tall at 355 metres.