Dubai Just Built The 'World's Largest Picture Frame' From A Stolen Design

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Dubai Just Built The 'World's Largest Picture Frame' From A Stolen Design

Dubai's skyline evolves at a breakneck pace. And with concepts like drone taxis being tested and a floating replica of Venice on hand, the city has rightfully earned a reputation as a playground for cutting edge technology and architecture.

So what's next? Dubai just got a giant picture frame building and visitors have already christened it with plenty of selfies.

But as magnificent as the Dubai Frame may be, the design of the building is full of controversy.

To make a long story short, the claim here is that the city of Dubai stole the design from a competition they held back in 1998. Over 900 proposals were submitted and the city eventually chose the Frame design from architect Fernando Donis.

Unfortunately, the city's contract was a too controlling for Doni's taste and he refused to sign it. Just one year later, the city proposed the Dubai Frame and began construction despite the fact that they never paid Doni for the design.

In other words, the city committed copyright infringement and that's putting it lightly. The Frame looks incredible, but it's unfortunate that theft was involved to make it happen. Awkward, right?

The Dubai Frame is located next Zabeel Park and rises 492 feet into the air. It was designed to frame views of "Old Dubai" and "New Dubai".

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Via Inhabitat

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