A good friend of mine sent me an interesting link a couple of day ago. It’s about the proposed Ras al Khaimah Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is planned to be located in Dubai. The sphere was designed by Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf in collaboration with OMA. It will accommodate a convention centre, a hotel, apartments, offices and retail spaces.
In the past couple of day, there has been a heated discussion on the internet about the building’s great resemblance with Star Wars’ Death Star.
The building is different and futuristic, but that doesn’t really mean that is a good design. I personally find it uninviting and dark, but I am sure that if this proposal becomes a reality, every Star Wars fan would be very much attracted to this structure.
Treehugger mentioned this phrase, which lifted my eyebrow:
“Good architects borrow but great architects steal” but never was the homage so obvious.
They suggest the design was not based on Death Star but on a Panasonic radio from 1972, five years before the first Star Wars movie, calling it “the little Japanese radio that could”.
So, what is your conclusion?