Al Hamra Tower

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Al Hamra Tower
Burj Alhamra
Alhamra Tower.jpg
Al Hamra Tower in November 2011
Al Hamra Tower is located in Kuwait
Al Hamra Tower
Location within Kuwait
Former namesAl Hamra Firduos Tower
Record height
Tallest in Kuwait since 2011[I]
Preceded byArraya Tower
General information
StatusComplete
TypeOffices, Shopping mall
Architectural styleSculpted
Address13085 Jaber Al-Mubarak Street
Town or cityKuwait City
CountryKuwait
Coordinates29°22′44″N 47°59′36″E / 29.3790°N 47.9932°E / 29.3790; 47.9932Coordinates: 29°22′44″N 47°59′36″E / 29.3790°N 47.9932°E / 29.3790; 47.9932
Elevation12 m (39 ft)
Construction started2005
Completed2011
Inaugurated2011
Cost$500 million
OwnerAl hamra Real Estate Co.
Height
Architectural414 m (1,358 ft)
Tip414 m (1,358 ft)
Roof368 m (1,207 ft)
Top floor80
Technical details
MaterialConcrete
Floor count80
Lifts/elevators43
Design and construction
ArchitectGary Paul Haney or Callison
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Structural engineerSkidmore Owings & Merrill
Services engineerBMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
Momentive
Hitachi
Main contractorAhmadiah Contracting and Trading Company
Awards and prizes2012 Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Finalist
Website
http://www.alhamra.com.kw/
References
[1]

The Al Hamra Tower is a skyscraper in Kuwait City, Kuwait. It is the tallest building in Kuwait.

Profile[edit]

Construction of the skyscraper started in 2005.[1] It was completed in 2011.[1] Designed by architectural firms Skidmore, Owings, Merrill and Ramshir and Callison, it is the tallest carved concrete skyscraper in the world, and the thirtieth tallest building in the world at 414 m (1,358 ft).[1]

The building utilizes wrapped glass facades on the east, north, and west both for aesthetics and to reduce the amount of reflective surface area on the south facade, which also features brushed Jura limestone. Flared walls reaching from the southwest and southeast corners of the core span the entire height of the tower, and there is a column-free 24-meter-tall lobby[2][3]

The tower was included in the list of the best inventions of 2011 by TIME magazine.[4]

Awards[edit]

  • 2011: Emporis Skyscraper Award[5]
  • 2010: Cityscape • Commercial / Mixed Use Built[6]
  • 2008: Chicago Athenaeum - American Architecture Award[7]
  • 2008: Chicago Athenaeum - International Architecture Award for best new global design[8]
  • 2008: MIPIM/Architectural Review - MIPIM Future Project Award: Overall[9]
  • 2008: MIPIM/Architectural Review - MIPIM Future Project Award: Tall Buildings[9]
  • 2007: Miami Architectural Bienal - Bronze Unbuilt Project[10]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Al Hamra Tower - The Skyscraper Center". www.skyscrapercenter.com.
  2. ^ "Al Hamra Firdous Tower, Kuwait City". www.ctbuh.org. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  3. ^ "AIA New York Chapter : 2013 Design Awards Winners". aiany.aiany.org. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  4. ^ "Al Hamra Tower". SOM. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  5. ^ GmbH, Emporis. "Emporis Skyscraper Award 2011 - Emporis Skyscraper Award - EMPORIS". www.emporis.com.
  6. ^ Infos at designbuild-network.com
  7. ^ "2008 American Architecture Award (The Chicaco Athenaeum)". chi-athenaeum.org. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  8. ^ "2008 International Architecture Awards (The Chicaco Athenaeum)". chi-athenaeum.org. Archived from the original on 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  9. ^ a b "Protek - The Intelligent Underfloor Air Conditioning System". www.wmprotek.com.
  10. ^ "Infos at som.com". som.com. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-28.

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