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KUWAIT, Oct 8 (KUNA) — Fire fighters extinguished a fire that erupted in a building containing clinics in Jabriya Area on Tuesday, Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) said. A fireman was taken to hospital after inhaling smoke.
KFSD Deputy Director General for fire fighting and human resources development, Brigadier Khaled Al-Mekrad told KUNA fire engines rushed to the scene and evacuated the building, as well as nearby buildings as a routine precautionary measure.
Fighting fire began from outside the building, he explained, then firemen moved inside the facility until the fire was put off.
An eyewitness who was inside the building told KUNA that she called the fire department as soon as she noticed the fire. The firemen arrived at the scene very fast, she added.
Al-Mekrad said flammable insulation layer was covered by slim layer of aluminum in contributed to spread of fire from ground floor to upper levels.
An investigation will be opened to know causes of the fire. (end)
Respected salute to Kuwait’s fire department.
Finally Kuwait fire department has successfully put off the fire by 5 fire stations in 11 storey building in Jabriya. It was difficult to cover the whole building in short time and windy weather had made it huge.
Burj Mubarak al Kabir Kuwait by Eric Kuhne and Associates
This mammoth structure will rise to exactly 3284 feet, or 1001 meters. The height, in meters, is an allusion to the classic collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian folk tales One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, says London-based architect Eric Kuhne, whose firm designed the tower. To break the kilometer-high mark (which is 3281 feet), the $7 billion-plus Mubarak al Kabir will have three interlocked towers that support the overall structure. These towers, or “blades,” pinwheel about a triangular central shaft that holds elevators and mechanical equipment. Each blade twists 45 degrees as it rises, for strength, and expands slightly at the top. This Kuwaiti landmark will therefore place more mass and usable space near its zenith compared to other towers, says Kuhne, to avoid the structure having too thin and flexible a tip. To dissipate high-altitude, tower-buffeting gales that could blow at 150 miles per hour, the Mubarak al Kabir will see the first architectural deployment of vertical ailerons—the normally horizontal flaps airline passengers see on a plane’s trailing wing edge that help counter wind disturbances. “They will look like continuous ribbons running vertically along the six leading edges of the three blades,” Kuhne says. “As [the ailerons] are constantly moving, and catching the sun while they adjust, sunlight will glint off their surfaces. It will add a gentle rippling reflection to the edges of the blades that will add dynamic sparkle to the tower,” Kuhne says. The Burj Mubarak has a projected completion date of 2016.
Emporis Skyscraper Award 2011
#1 8 Spruce Street (U.S.A.)
Height: 265.18 m
Location:New York City
Architect:Gehry Partners, LLP
#2 Al Hamra Tower (Kuwait)
Height: 412.00 m
Architect:Skidmore, Owings And Merrill LLP
#3 Etihad Towers (United Arab Emirates)
Architect:DBI Design (Pty Ltd).
#4 KK100 (China)
Height: 441.80 m
Architect:Terry Farrell and Partners
#4 Victoria Tower (Sweden)
Height: 117.60 m
Architect:Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB
#4 Great American Tower (U.S.A.)
Height: 202.69 m
Architect:Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
#7 F&F Tower (Panama)
Height: 242.90 m
Architect:Pinzón Lozano & Asociados Arquitectos
#8 Northeast Asia Trade Tower (South Korea)
Height: 308.00 m
Architect:Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
#8 Reflections at Keppel Bay (Singapore)
Architect:Studio Daniel Libeskind
#10 Tianjin Global Financial Center (China)
Height: 336.90 m
Architect:Skidmore, Owings And Merrill LLP
8 Spruce Street, the winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2011, won over the jury with its facade. The building’s cladding is composed of 10,500 stainless steel panels, some flat, some undulating. The five stories at the foot of the tower have a brick facade since the architect wanted the base to be in the spirit of the neighboring buildings.
The building, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is 265 meters tall, has 76 floors and was completed in 2011 after a construction period of five years. The skyscraper is used as a residential building, but it also includes a school as well as doctors’ offices and shops.
source : http://www.emporis.com/awards/2011