Iraq building world’s tallest tower

It has been reported by designboom  that AMBS architects were commissioned to design a building complex of super-tall towers of mix-use facilities in Basrah, Iraq.

Basrah being home to Iraq’s oil main reserves, is also its southern province capital city that has become lately one of the fastest-growing business centres in the world.

Basrah urban development has recently undergone major changes, with a new town centre master plan commissioned by the Basra governorate with the aim of avoiding any urban sprawl and protect the environment.  Hence the preference for the concept to build vertically was consensually arrived at, and looks like to be concretised in the near future.

Basrah town centre will feature a gigantic tower called “the ‘bride’ tower”.

AMBS Architects, the initiators of the concept design said the complex is meant to be a “city in the sky” that is more like an antidote to the average modern super tall tower.  Their design as they say, allows within the completed complex an internal community life of its own, instead of being just a corporate building cut off from its surrounding neighbourhood’s people.

Mott McDonald, a leading global engineering and consultancy firm, has been signed up by the Iraqi government to develop the tallest tower in the world standing at more than 1000m high, said a report.

They will develop detail design and produce all execution drawings for the 240-floor 4 tower cluster building complex.

Tower's details

Tower’s details

The structure will be taller than the Burj Khalifa of Dubai, the current world’s tallest building at 823m .

The complex comprises four interlinked towers of varying heights that cater not just for offices and hotels and the usual retail, entertainment, but  has also “its own transportation systems, schools, clinics and neighbourhoods facilities”.

There’s also a vast podium canopy over a public area near the ground at the base of the towers, called “The Veil”.

The ‘Bride and its Veil’ have according to the designers a security aspect to their planning, meaning a cluster of interconnected towers is safer than a standalone skyscraper when it comes to escape routes.