Kuwait to build the world’s first ‘sculptured’ skyscraper – The Al Hamra tower

by skyscraper on June 18, 2008

The Al Hamra tower upon completion will cover 22,000 square metres and reach 412 metres in height, making it the tallest building in Kuwait. It will overtake the nearby Liberation Tower, the current tallest building which stands at an altitude of 372 metres.

Moreover, Suhail added that the size of the tower would equal the combined size of the five biggest office towers in Kuwait.

Al Hamra Tower will also be the tallest ‘sculptured’ tower in the world as well as the tallest stone-clad skyscraper.

Regarding the tower’s design, whereas almost all skyscrapers are symmetrical over their main axis. Al-Hamra Tower has two tilting walls, one on each side, moving up in the air more than 50 metres away from their original location to almost 350 metres in height.

About 195,000 cubic metres of concrete, 6,000 tons of metal structures and 38,000 tons of iron will be used in building the tower, which will be installed with 40 elevators, some of which will run at speeds of up to 10 metres per second with a payload of up to 40 people.

Furthermore, there will two service elevators with a payload of up to seven tons. The complex will contain a 77-storey tower; each floor will contain only three offices. Each floor covers an area of approximately 2,400 square metres.

As many as 290 piles with a capacity of 1,200 tons each were put in the foundation. Concrete mix design was developed by the contractor specifically for the job as it is the first time that concrete strength above 600kg/m2 has been used.

The special mix took a lengthy research in the company’s laboratories, as the constituents available in Kuwait were not adequate for this high performance, and they succeeded in reaching on site strength of 1000kg/m2.

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