Al Burj
Al Burj

At a height of 1,000 meters Al Burj was to be the world’s tallest building. Originally intended as the iconic landmark of the Jumeirah Palm Island the site was later moved to the Dubai Waterfront, a planned city for over 500,000 inhabitants near Abu Dhabi. Unlike other super tall towers Al Burj was not designed as a conventional tower stretched to great heights but was fundamentally configured to acknowledge the unique life safety and technical challenges of a 200-story building. While the project was abandoned PEI’s design innovations remain applicable to very tall buildings.
1000米高的Al Burj塔曾预计将成为为世界上最高的建筑。最初规划为朱美拉棕榈岛的地标建筑,而后迁至迪拜滨水城——阿布扎比附近一个规划中的50万人口城市。与其他超高塔楼不同,Al Burj塔并未采用传统高塔设计,而是从基本结构层面考虑一座200层高建筑应具有的寿命安全和技术挑战。虽然这个项目最终未建成,但贝氏的设计创新仍然适用于超高的建筑。

LOCATION: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
CLIENT: Nakheel Division of Dubai World
SIZE: 8,998,629 SQ.FT/836,000 SQ.M
STATUS: Unbuilt


The building was configured as three functionally separate towers joined by sky bridge elements, creating gardens in the sky. Vertical openings between the towers would bring light into the central area and reduce wind loads on the structure. Uniquely for a very tall tower large floor plates were maintained all the way to the hotel at the top, providing extra structural stability and functional floor plans where the value was highest.

All major building systems were designed with a minimum of three redundancies so that in the event of failure of any one of them the integrity of the building remained uncompromised.