As attracted to ultramodern luxury living as Americans are said to be, it is hard to rival Dubai in terms of sheer architectural exuberance and engineering excess. Fascinatingly enough, the actual style of many of their high-end residences harkens back to High Modernism – with extra money and amazing sites making them seem entirely new and amazing to the untrained eye.
The island of Nurai is one of the latest of Dubai developments to catch the fancy of foreign visitors and potential investors. While much of the expansion of Dubai has slowed there is still an enormous amount of money moving through it. The residences shown here (above) feature bridge-only accessibility, rooftop decks complete with private pools and countless other luxurious amenities.
Much like Postmodernism in 1980s and 1990s architecture, featuring decorative throwbacks tied to ancient Egyptians and Greeks, one has to wonder if this perpetual reuse of Modernist geometries and spatial strategies will continue to remain popular or will also look dated within a few short decades.