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Behold the “Dubai Frame,” a lavish, gilded adornment for the tourist mecca, business hub, and glistening pearl of of the Middle East, scheduled to open this month! The vanity project of the emir’s Emaar development company, designed by Mexican architect Fernando Donis, stands 50 stories high and is expected to attract two million visitors a year to gawk at the distant Dubai skyline. They say that cultures build their most outlandish monuments just before they tank, and this one perhaps exceeds in preposterousness the earlier humdinger known as the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world. The fate of these pop-up desert metroplexes is tied to the declining oil wealth of the Arabian peninsula, and so the coming collapse of kingdoms and emirates is as plain as the moon and the stars. Wait for it….

Below, the Frame nearing the end of construction. (Yes, it’s for real!) Thanks to Derek Markovic for the nomination!

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11 Responses to “November 2017”

  1. malthuss November 2, 2017 at 12:14 am #

    Looks like a Magritte. blown up.

  2. whoisbiggles November 2, 2017 at 1:46 am #

    I thought this was one of those CAD musing that would never get built.

    USD$43 million later


  3. bymitch November 2, 2017 at 10:41 pm #

    That is one expensive piss-take.
    When the painting itself is a bit crap the PC response is to comment on the merits of the frame.
    Something about ‘hanging’ comes in to play too.
    All very negative I’m afraid

  4. SvrzoH November 3, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

    After this, a new trend will be huge frame with suspended individual units on various heights, like Christmas ornaments.
    I may be a bit of a spoiler, but idea is free for taking.

  5. davidreese2 November 5, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    How original. An empty rectangle.

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  6. jayrome November 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    Too much money and such poor aesthetic taste.
    Why not a gargantuan pyramid?

  7. Architectural Observer November 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    Sort of a knock-off of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, only less elegant and more garish.

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