A spire will not be used on the Burj 2020 to claim the title of the world’s tallest commercial tower.
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the developer behind the project, revealed the tower’s height would be reliant solely on the number of floors.
“We are not going to have a spire to get into the book of records. It will be a mega high structure, floor wise,” DMCC Executive Chairman Ahmed bin Sulayem told Emirates24|7.
Last year, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said that super tall towers, or those over 300m, in the United Arab Emirates have the most ‘vanity height’ of the world’s tallest towers.
This was defined as the distance between a skyscraper’s highest occupiable floor and its architectural top.
Although the height of Burj 2020 hasn’t been disclosed, it was revealed last week that the topmost floor will be an observation deck, offering a 360-degree view.
Bin Sulayem said the Burj 2020 will be built using steel, stating, “Any tower that goes above 80 floors cannot be cement and has to be a steel structure.”
DMCC will be announcing the architect for the tower this year with construction starting in 2015. The tower is likely to be completed before 2020.
“The tower will be built inside out. Efficiency is the key, as we want the tower to be the most efficient high rise in the world,” bin Sulayem added.
Burj 2020 will be built on a plot located on the southern side of the Jumeirah Lakes Towers master community, close to Jumeirah Island and Jumeirah Park.