Iraq plans ‘veiled’ Bride Tower to become world’s tallest

Iraq plans ‘veiled’ Bride Tower to become world’s tallest

A 1,152 metre “mega tall” skyscraper has been proposed by AMBS Architects for Iraq’s southern Basra Province, rising higher than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world, and Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower.

The Bride Tower will comprise of 230 storeys and topped by an 188-metre tall antena, while being overall composed of four conjoined towers.

If completed the tower will be 152 metres higher than the planned height for the Kingdom Tower designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, which aims to surpass the current tallest tower, Burj Khalifa. It is currently under construction in Saudi Arabia.

The structure will be covered by a glazed canopy on its south facade, referred to as a “veil”, designed to provide shade to the building’s low-rise buildings and public areas.

The three other towers within the structure are set to be 724m, 484m and 61m.

The name of the building is a reference to the rapidly growing city of Basra as a business hub, nicknamed the Bride of the Gulf.

AMBS  has designed the first public library that was built in Iraq since the 70s and has offices in Baghdad and London.

Describing the project as “the first vertical city in the world”, the architects said it will not only be the tallest building but will also break new ground in engineering and vertical transportation.

“In contrast to a conventional tower, The Bride will be a place that may be enjoyed by all, not only for the ones that live and work there, but also the rest of the public,” the architects said in a statement.

The Bride Tower will feature offices, hotels, residential areas, commercial centres, parks and gardens as well as its own rail network spanning across 1,550,908m2 of floor space.

It will surpass the “super tall” tower category since breaking the 600m high mark and will venture into the realm of the “mega tall” tower.

“Super-tall towers are perceived as an object in the distance,” said AMBS. “An alien planted in the city, disconnected from the urban scale at ground level. The Bride, on the other hand, will be conceived as a city itself both vertically but also horizontally from the ground.”

“It will be enjoyed by thousands of people in endless ways, within it, on it or under it,” the firm added. “From walking in the vast shaded parks and promenades at ground level, to having lunch or shopping in a sky-square hundreds of metres above sea level.”



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