al-hamra-tower

The meeting point of mysticism and cutting edge architecture. I love buildings like this. It looks like fabric. I think building like this and the Petronas Towers have broken the mold. It reminds me of what the Egyptians did with the pyramids or what the Mayan did with the step-pyramids. By building them, they asserted their own power and connection with the heavens.

by @skidmoreowingsmerrill #next_top_architects How should a building meet the ground? Architects pore over the intersection of earth and construction constantly, and on this Model Monday we celebrate a seamless approach to the challenge at Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City. Here, the 20-meter-tall lobby gives the overall impression that the building emerges, extrusion-like, from the desert. It does so by featuring columns that curve away from the tower’s north elevation to organic effect. These columns are braced by the crisscrossing arches of a lamella structure, which is visible from within Al Hamra’s barrel-vaulted lobby.

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