- Gate of Kuwait
Gate of Kuwait is a luxury 84 story, Convert|320|m|ft|0
skyscraperunder construction [http://www.ctbuh.org/Portals/0/Tallest/Tallest_UC_NotTopped.pdf] , [ [http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=423956&page=2 KUWAIT | Gate of Kuwait Tower | 320m | 1050ft | 84 fl | App - Page 2 - SkyscraperCity ] ] in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The Gate of Kuwait is planned to be used as an ultra-luxury five-star hotel, top-of-the-line officespace, parking garage, convention centerand high-end retailspace.
Initial plans for the project called for a 240-meter high tower with a 40-meter high Islamic arch. The intricately-decorated arch, which featured geometric shapes and forms, was designed to reflect religious architectural elements found in Kuwait and Islam. However, a massive redesign saw the tower re-imagined as a slender 320-meter high tower clad entirely in blue glass on the façade and steel panels on the side. The "gate" element was changed from a giant portal into a simple, smaller opening to create a far more contemporary composition. The renderings that were released with the redesign featured a Four Seasons logo on top of the tower and on the bottom of the renderings, indicating that the hotel portion of the tower will be the future home of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait.
While ground on the complex was broken in
2006, the project stalled for over one year as the owners sought to have the designs altered. Construction is set to resume later in 2008, with completion of the building in 2011.
* [http://www.skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=56101 Skyscraperpage entry]
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