The Al Hamra Tower is a new skyscraper located in the heart of downtown Kuwait City, Kuwait. It is considered as the tallest skyscraper in Kuwait as well as currently belonging in the top ten tallest skyscrapers in the world. But more notably, it is known as the world’s tallest sculpted skyscraper.
Al Hamra Tower Profile
The Al Hamra Tower was built in 2005 and completed in 2011. It was designed by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill for Ajial Real Estate who stands as the owner of the said skyscraper. It costs around $950 million to build.
The Al Hamra stands 412.6 meters or 1,354 feet tall if measured from its spire. It has a roof height of 368 meters or 1,207 feet. It has a total of 44 floors that cover a floor area of 195,000 sq meters or 2,098,963 sq. ft. it also makes use of a total of 41 elevators that serve the different floors. The skyscraper was built as a mixed use building with commercial, business and shopping areas planned.
Al Hamra Tower Design
The builders of the Al Hamra Tower envisioned a skyscraper unlike any other in the world. First of all, it was planned to make a statement that will make the city of Kuwait stand proud. Its design features are considered as quite unique for a skyscraper its size.
It has been conventional wisdom among building designers and builders that buildings should be built with a symmetrical design or face the risk of possible collapse. That became the challenge for the builders, to build the first skyscraper with an asymmetrical exterior.
The Al Hamra Tower follows an innovative design with a facade that features a 130 degree sweeping turn that also comes with two fins that stretch from top and bottom of the structure and going in opposite directions. While some may think that the fins only serve aesthetic purposes, it actually also has a functional feature. The fins serve as a kind of protective skin that acts as a barrier from the harsh desert sun. The striking design of the Al Hamra Tower makes it as one of the more iconic landmarks to ever be constructed in the city of Kuwait.