World’s top high-rise designers to unveil Dubai Burj2020 masterplan


The masterplan for the Burj2020 District in Dubai is set to be revealed next month by starchitect Adrian Smith – who said “the eyes of the world” are on the city and its urban design.

The man behind the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and its likely successor, Saudi Arabia’s 1km tall Kingdom Tower, will be unveiling the design at Cityscape Global, which takes place from 8 to 10 September.

Bulled as “the new heart of global business” visitors will be able to see what the district will look like.


A presentation called “Burj2020 Vision” will be screened at Dubai design body DMCC’s stand number A10, Hall 2, Dubai World Trade Centre.

In addition, a three-dimensional interactive multimedia map will offer visitors a unique opportunity to view the emirate’s new growth corridor from its southern gateway.

Adrian Smith (pictured) and his partner Gordon Gill – who form architect firm AS+GG – will also be making an appearance and talking about their philosophy when it comes to design.

Smith said: “The UAE is charting unprecedented territory in terms of the creativity, originality, and pace of tall and supertall tower design and development. Dubai is really at the cutting edge in this space, with the eyes of the world firmly set on what the emirate will come up with next.”

The master planned Burj2020 District will be a new destination for business that is aimed to deliver a balance of premium commercial, retail, hospitality and residential space.

The district, which will include a total of seven towers, will have over 1,000,000m2 of built up area and incorporate the latest thinking around multi-functional urban environments and cater to the evolving and future needs of business.

The centrepiece of the Burj2020 District will be the Burj2020, a super-tall commercial tower being designed by AS+GG>

Gill said: “Excellence in tower design is about much more than achieving record heights. The ‘Burj2020’ is the direct result of a considered design process in which form follows performance.

“This means that core concepts such as the efficient use of space, integration of smart technology, community interaction and sustainability drive the design; thereby enabling the final structure to succeed in inspiring people and enabling communities to achieve more.”


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