I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Welton, a writer for the Huffington Post, about the Burj Khalifa and the ground plane design by SWA Group. Here is an excerpt from his article:
“When the Burj Khalifa opened a little more than a year ago, international attention focused, laser-like and rightly so, on this neo-Emerald City apparition in the Dubai desert. Its dizzying half-mile height and status as the world’s tallest building were matched only by an elegant form that pierces, needle-like, the Middle East horizon. The 2,717-foot-tall building was designed by the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM).
Often overlooked at the time, however, was the geometric and intricately patterned landscaping at its base. It’s the work of John Wong, managing principal and chairman of the board at SWA Group in Sausalito, Calif. And it’s best viewed from above.”
To read the full article, check it out here.