Maze of world records for Dubai: Now, largest vertical maze
Call it an amazing feat or a maze of world records – but Dubai has done it again. It’s just the third week of 2015, but Dubai has notched yet another world record – this time of the world’s largest vertical maze.
According to Guinness World Records, Dubai-based Al Rostamani Group today has confirmation from the records tally-keeper Guinness World Records that they have achieved the record for the largest vertical maze, for the Maze Tower.
The tower, an iconic 55-storey mixed-use building, with building work completed in January 2012, is positioned on Sheikh Zayed Road in the heart of the Dubai Financial District.
The main feature of this building is its intricate lines of balconies on the front and rear facades created in the shape of a maze which form real puzzles.
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“The creation of this unique building was a prestigious project for the Al Rostamani Group which drew its inspiration from the creative and innovative changes taking place across Dubai and the UAE. By achieving the Guinness World Records title, Al Rostamani Group is proud to have contributed to the vision of transforming Dubai into a world city,” said Marwan Abdulla Al Rostamani, Chairman, Al Rostamani Group.
“Guinness World Records is thrilled to recognise and honour the Al Rostamani Group on the creation of such an iconic and unique tower that has contributed to the growth and transformation of the region. It is through innovative projects such as The Maze Tower, that Dubai has earned itself the reputation of being at the forefront of design and development,” said Talal Omar, Country Manager for Guinness World Records Mena.
Playing on the changing natural light and shadow of the day, the Maze Tower façade with its aesthetic complexity and physical depth render its interaction with light as both mysterious and alive.
The natural stones used throughout the Maze Tower have been hand selected for their aesthetic and tactile appeal. The same stone, Brazilian Verde Bahia is used throughout the exterior. The darker greenish hue of the building corner posts is achieved using a water jet treatment which creates an even, matt surface.
The lighter hue used to emphasize the Maze is achieved using a flame technique that roughens the surface and creates a lighter, more reflective surface. The natural stone provides the organic warmth befitting the structure.
“We always wanted The Maze to look like it was carved out of one massive piece of rock; with the constant play of light and shadow to render it alive,” said Hassan Abdulla Al Rostamani, Vice Chairman of the Group and The Maze Tower Conceptualizer.
The tower also boasts of 4 significant features (i) the Maze Eye – an 8-metre circular video wall at the top of the building which has the ability to beam images to great distances, (ii) LED lights built into the exterior façade of the maze pattern which has the ability to display a multitude of colours and patterns, (iii) a purpose-built tranquil garden floor strategically situated in the middle of the building and (iv) finally a roof top maze patterned garden above the standalone car park.
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