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Burj Kabeer Kuwait

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.


Congratulation Al Hamra Tower #kuwait

Emporis Skyscraper Award 2011

The sculptured form of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Al Hamra Tower earned it second place in the ranking. Despite its great height, the skyscraper fits harmoniously into Kuwait City’s urban landscape. DBI Design’s Etihad Towers were voted into third place, the jury praising the complex as a particularly harmonious ensemble of buildings.

#1 8 Spruce Street (U.S.A.)

Points: 35
Height: 265.18 m
Floors: 76
Location:New York City
Architect:Gehry Partners, LLP

#2 Al Hamra Tower (Kuwait)

Points: 23
Height: 412.00 m
Floors: 80
Location:Kuwait City
Architect:Skidmore, Owings And Merrill LLP

#3 Etihad Towers (United Arab Emirates)

Points: 21
Location:Abu Dhabi
Architect:DBI Design (Pty Ltd).

#4 KK100 (China)

Points: 16
Height: 441.80 m
Floors: 100
Architect:Terry Farrell and Partners

#4 Victoria Tower (Sweden)

Points: 16
Height: 117.60 m
Floors: 34
Architect:Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB

#4 Great American Tower (U.S.A.)

Points: 16
Height: 202.69 m
Floors: 41
Architect:Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum

#7 F&F Tower (Panama)

Points: 14
Height: 242.90 m
Floors: 52
Location:Panama City
Architect:Pinzón Lozano & Asociados Arquitectos

#8 Northeast Asia Trade Tower (South Korea)

Points: 13
Height: 308.00 m
Floors: 68
Architect:Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

#8 Reflections at Keppel Bay (Singapore)

Points: 13
Architect:Studio Daniel Libeskind

#10 Tianjin Global Financial Center (China)

Points: 11
Height: 336.90 m
Floors: 72
Architect:Skidmore, Owings And Merrill LLP

Winning Design

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.

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Grand Cinemas launches its first location in Kuwait

Selim Ramia & Co announced yesterday that Grand Cinemas, the region’s leading theatre chain, will open its doors to the public for the first time in Kuwait on October 26th. Located in the country’s tallest skycraper, Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait.

James Bond film, Skyfall. The new cinema will offer Kuwait residents an unforgettable experience, starting with the exclusive release of the highly anticipated James Bond film, Skyfall.

Grand Cinema In keeping with this desirable address, Grand Cinemas at Al Hamra Luxury Center offers customers only the best. With eight spectacular screens and the first Grand Class theatre for VIP luxury, the cinema has a total of 1450 seats. From the moment consumers enter the spacious, stylish main lobby, they can feel the Grand Cinemas difference. All screens are uniquely equipped with the latest digital technology, including 4K projectors capable of a whopping 8 million megapixels – a first in Kuwait.

Via KuwaitTimes