Get­ting to the Heart of Europe

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work­force of more than 500, mil­lions of tonnes of sand and steel, and $20 mil­lion palaces – ev­ery­thing about this development is huge.

Now, the in­cred­i­ble feat of en­gi­neer­ing be­hind the Heart of Europe will be the sub­ject of the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel’s Im­pos­si­ble Builds pro­gramme.

The development on the World Is­lands off the coast of Dubai, has at­tracted in­ter­est from wealthy in­di­vid­u­als at home and abroad.

Klein­di­enst’s Float­ing Sea­horse Vil­las, the first of which has been com­pleted, also fea­ture in the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel film.

The se­ries will also fea­ture the world’s thinnest sky­scraper in New York and China’s Harbin Ice and Snow Amuse­ment World.

Irene An­to­ni­ades, pro­ducer and se­ries direc­tor, said: “We’re fol­low­ing the con­struc­tions of unique build­ings around the world and the Heart of Europe is ab­so­lutely key.

“We’re fol­low­ing the con­struc­tion of the sea­horse and var­i­ous build­ings on the is­land be­cause it’s some­thing that’s never been done be­fore.

“It’s the peo­ple be­hind the vi­sion and how this is ac­tu­ally be­ing ful­filled. It’s the sheer pas­sion for the idea that pushes the bound­aries.

“It’s cre­at­ing some­thing which is very dif­fi­cult to achieve con­struc­tion-wise on a ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion of sand and wa­ter, and it’s also a beau­ti­ful lux­ury and in­spi­ra­tional life­style.”

Film­ing in mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions across the six is­lands, the se­ries fo­cuses on the Ger­many and Swe­den is­land’s fairy­tale ‘Swe­den Palaces’.

Th­ese pic­tures from devel­oper Klein­di­enst Group show just how the project is com­ing along, with elab­o­rate vil­las with roofs in the shape of a Vik­ing long­boat be­ing fit­ted into place.

Izu Nwachukwu, Man­ager of Cre­ative De­sign at Klein­di­enst Group, said ship­ping ma­te­ri­als out to the is­lands has been an elab­o­rate process.

He said: “Build­ing on land you can drive ev­ery­thing there on trucks, but when you’re build­ing on an is­land ev­ery­thing has to go there by boat.

“The equip­ment has to be dis­man­tled and then shipped up there and put back to­gether – which can cause quite a chal­lenge for the development team.”

Over on Switzer­land, the de­vel­op­ers are push­ing the boat out even fur­ther.

The de­vel­op­ers plan to have the world’s first cli­mate con­trolled streets, repli­cat­ing Europe’s in­clement weather.

David Miles, Direc­tor of Mar­ket­ing & Business Development for Klein­di­enst said: “We are in­tro­duc­ing out­door cli­mate con­trolled streets.

“The Out­door Cli­mate boulevard was de­signed by Ger­many's Fraun­hofer In­sti­tute, one of the world's lead­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions, who have been de­vel­op­ing this tech­nol­ogy since 2008.”

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