'New Burj Khalifa' to be built in JLT

Record-breaking structure known as Burj 2020 to be built in JLT

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

The team behind the Burj Khalifa have their eyes on another world record in Dubai.

Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, a pair of British architects who were previously based in Chicago with Skidmore Owings and Merrill, have been chosen to draw up plans for the tallest commercial building on the planet, to be known at Burj 2020.

To be built close to Jumeirah Lake Towers, the record-breaking structure will be the centrepiece of a new district by the same name, currently in the planning phase with international firm WATG.

In a statement, master developer DMCC said: "Designing a world-class destination of this scale will set new levels of efficiency and urban sustainability and we are confident that our partners, in delivering the Burj 2020 District and tower, will create a new address for the global business community of the future, right here in Dubai."

No visual representations have yet been seen, but it is understood the whole district will span 1.3 million square metres of commercial, retail and hotel space. The highlight is said to be a 360-degree observation deck at the top of the tower, taking the record from Burj Khalifa.

Official figures on height are also a closely guarded secret, though if the target of a record is to be met, Burj 2020 will have to top the 541 metres of New York's One World Trade Center.

Other projects undertaken by both Smith and Gill, and WATG include Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower which is set to become the tallest freestanding structure in the world when it is completed in 2019, as well as Atlantis The Palm, Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace, and the Grand Hyatt in Kuala Lumpur.

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