When it comes to unusual buildings, the United Arab Emirates is unmatched.
In addition to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, and the twisting Infinity Tower, the Dubai skyline ready for another attraction – the world’s largest picture frame. Yes, you heard that one right, it’s about building designed to look like a photo frame! This “picturesque” skyscraper is set to open at the end of this year.
The Dubai Frame, located in Zabeel Park is currently under construction and consists of two 150-meter-tall towers linked at the top by an observation deck. The three pieces come together to form a large frame with an opening that spans 105 meters between towers. The building was originally designed to provide over 75,000 sf of space for art and photo galleries, a café, and the observation deck. The 492-foot-tall tower is expected to attract nearly 2 million tourists annually.
The design for the building comes from Fernando Donis and his firm, DONIS , who after winning an International design competition hosted by Dubai Municipality and ThyssenKrupp Elevator in 1998 was chosen as the concept designer from 926 concepts. Despite Donis’s proposal being selected and the Frame moving toward completion, the project is making news for the wrong reasons. Donis has filed a lawsuit against the Dubai Municipality over copyright claims.