Al Hamra tower in Kuwait is the world’s tallest sculptured tower. Completed in 2011 this tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merill the practice from USA and Turner Constructions did the Project Management.
The tower will have 195,000 m2 (2,100,000 sq ft) of commercial and office space. Retail mall which totals 23,000 m2 (250,000 sq ft), which will include an all integrated theater complex and an 11-story car park.
Kuwait has seen few modern skyscrapers coming up recently. Among the new buildings, which have come up, Al Hamra is my favorite one. It is a super structure rises high up in the skyline making a bold statement.
When you drives around Kuwait and looks at all these glass structures coming up one does wonder what about the conservatism. What happens when all the heat carries by the sunlight comes inside, how much energy it will require to keep all these tall glass towers cool for human occupancy ?
Al Hamra is quite different from it. This concrete structure with windows positioned to bring just the sunlight in and keep the heat away just the way the Islamic architects used to do it olden days.
I can assure you this is the first of the series on this super structure I will be doing. So guys keep watching this space.