Iconic Shape of Palm Jumeirah – Island Making as Human Endeavor
The shape can be read from the sky from above. A prime example is the great wall in China, which can be seen meandering on the surface of the planet. However the actual shape of the island appears on satellite image largely matters. It is, therefore, of utmost importance, to design the icon. The architectural plan is now no longer a device for generating spatial idea, but rather a geometric representation of an object.
Spatial ideas are incubated by formal wildness. Larry Ziebarth mentioned “the fronds create a lot of shoreline.” Circular form, as the geometry which has the least exterior perimeter and most interior area at the same time, is evaded. Breakwater crescents are extensively adopted to provide space for islands, forming the branches of the tree.
Master plan of the Palm Island (Source : HHCP)
The shape does not bear any localized culture as palm trees are grown in all of the Arab or tropical countries. It is just an arbitrary and eclectic combination of signs. In the process, the design team even went through other peculiar shapes, like “restart button”. Iconography makes the project streamlined, calculable, reliable easy to market and easy to consume.
Satalitte image of the area
Devoid of any historical embeddedness, this iconic project is clean for visitor or laymen to accept. In the process of globalization, places are to a large extent sold as images. The client insisted the iconic character of the island must come from the bizarre form. Sheikh Mohammed said “This was gonna be the Sydney Opera House of Dubai.” The pursuit of iconic form to the extreme is manifested.
Iteration of icons (Source: SMAQ)
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