World's Largest Vertical Maze in Dubai

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With massive construction projects, Dubai has earned itself the reputation of being at the forefront of design and development. Their latest feather in the cap is the 57-storey skyscraper called “Maze Tower” located on Sheikh Zayed Road. The building, completed in January 2012, features a striking maze design covering nearly the entirety of its front and rear facades. The unique design has earned the tower and its architects at Al Rostamani Group the title of the largest vertical maze in the world, as recognized by Guinness World Records.

Constructed out of stone, the maze is actually a set of interconnected balconies for the various residential units and offices in the building designed in the shape of a maze. The maze itself is not just a random pattern but a real puzzle designed by acclaimed maze designer Adrian Fisher. At night, the maze is illuminated by multi-coloured LED lights and a “Maze Eye,” - an 8 metre circular video wall at the top of the building, can be used to display images.


Photo credit: Guinness World Records

From the official press release:

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.

“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 Mr. Hassan Abdulla Al Rostamani, Vice Chairman of the Group and The Maze Tower Conceptualizer.

Dubai now holds more than 100 Guinness World Records.


Photo credit: Guinness World Records


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