Dubai Frame: UAE's latest surreal landmark opens amid claims of copyright infringement

12/01/2018
Dubai Frame: UAE's latest surreal landmark opens amid claims of copyright infringement
[Dubai] UAE
metalocus, TEODORO GONZÁLEZ
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Architect’s ‘stolen building’ accusation overshadows opening of 50-storey portal almost a decade after it was first designed
The 50-storey Dubai Frame has opened to the public, despite Fernando Donis architect's ‘stolen building’ accusation, who won a competition to design the observation tower over a decade ago.

Rising a pair of tower of 150 metres above Zabeel Park, linked by a 93-metre-wide bridge, encrusted with swirling golden motifs that glisten in the desert sunshine, the Dubai Frame has finally opened, on 1 January 2018, almost a decade after it was first designed.
 
Rotterdam-based architect Fernando Donis designed the structure in 2008 for a competition organised by the Dubai Municipality and the German company ThyssenKrupp Elevator, in collaboration with the International Union of Architects (UIA).

“They took my project, changed the design and built it without me,” says Fernando Donis, the Mexican architect whose frame proposal won an international competition in 2008 for a “tall emblem structure to promote the new face of Dubai”.
He told The Guardian in an interview to mark the opening.

A neon-light “vortex” tunnel give welcome visitors. For 50 dirhams (£10), visitors are treated to an ...read more