THE HELLO TOMORROW SERIES: The biggest architectural wave in the world?

If someone had told us ten years ago that they could freeze a wave, we would have laughed them off. Okay, we stopped laughing. Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which looks like a breaking wave that has stopped in its tracks — yes, all 26 levels of it — comes close.

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The exteriors are crafted with aluminum and blue-plated glass. Wonder if the brave window cleaners who maintain the building ever fantasize about surfing during work hours.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel (1)
Jumeirah Beach Hotel (2)

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