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Iconic Marvel

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Adriana Natcheva Architect

In the last 10 years we've seen some of the most extraordinary structures rising out of the desert; buildings that have become icons, and that's quite a feat. As an architect it's the kind of thing that excites me. It's not only the structure but also the details and the execution. Dubai is a metropolis that didn't exist 50 years ago and that itself is a feat of engineering. The Burj Khalifa really makes sense when you see it on the skyline of Dubai, it's an icon for the city. With a building like the Burj Khalifa it really feels like Dubai is testing the foundations of space and time.

No two buildings are the same even if they're of the same design and materials

Dubai is the most extraordinary technological achievement, it is the city of the future rising out of the desert and it's an inspiration to see what's possible. It is a city that hasn't felt the need to stick to its original gridlines and patterns, but has erupted with a passion for futuristic architecture in a really exciting way. I'm always interested in pushing boundaries and trying to figure out what is possible in a particular environment and the Burj Khalifa is an extraordinary example of what can be achieved.

It's an inspiration to be here because I'm always interested in pushing boundaries and trying to figure out what can be achieved in a particular environment

The building is an extraordinary proposition - the tallest in the world, with 300 MPH winds at the top, and sand at the base. It's here that the inspirational ingenuity of the architect comes into play. Visiting the Burj Khalifa leaves me in awe, and wondering, "How did they do it?".

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