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Talk is cheap, of course, and it doesn’t take much more to cast ideas into architectural renderings, but still, someone in Dubai is thinking outside the box: The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced a proposal to build a slender, 1,066-foot skyscraper along the city’s waterfront, where you’d be allowed to BASE jump, rappel, bungee jump, and climb. Hong Kong’s 10 Design is being tasked with the concept and design.
With no small amount of marketing hyperbole, the plan claims to replicate the Mt. Everest experience with a series of “base camps.” The lower part of the tower would be for families and tourists, the middle for climbers and rappelers, and the top for jumpers and ice climbers. Renderings show climbers on the external, hexagonal skin; how the building is going to offer ice climbing in a place where the summer high temperatures average 106 degrees is an open question.
The proposal even suggests offering accommodation in portaledge style.
Farfetched? Of course. On the other hand, Ski Dubai currently has 22,500 square feet of indoor slopes.