Santiago Calatrava has won an international competition to design the new observation tower in Dubai Creek Harbor. The winning proposal, announced by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, is inspired by Islamic architecture and aims to combine sustainable design with the country’s cultural heritage.

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Calatrava’s design was chosen among five other firms. The observation tower will dominate the Emaar Properties’ Dubai Creek Harbor master plan currently being constructed near the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. It will be anchored to the waterfront site by cables.

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“This architectural wonder will be as great as the Burj Khalifaand the Eiffel Tower,” said Sheikh Mohammed. While Calatrava’s needle-like project doesn’t aim to become the tallest structure in the world, it will definitely tower over the surrounding buildings.

“We feel extremely thankful and honored to have been selected for such an important project,” said Santiago Calatrava. “Dubai is where innovative and revolutionary architecture is making incredible strides. In our proposed design, we have united local traditional architecturewith that of the 21st century.”

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Via Archdaily