Iraq might soon be home to the world’s tallest building. Towering to a height of nearly 1,152 meters (around 3,780 feet), the proposed tower, known as “The Bride”, will be situated at the Bride of the Gulf locality in Iraq’s Basra province. According to the developers, AMBS Architects, the skyscraper is planned as a net-zero structure, running entirely on solar power.
Located in the southern part of Iraq, Basra is the country’s largest port. Over the years, it has become a major business center as well as Iraq’s second most populous city after Baghdad. As part of a recent project, UK-based architectural firm, AMBS Architects, has envisioned a stunning mixed-use complex for the area. Boasting a total floor space of about 1,550,908-square-meters (approx. 5,088,280-square-feet), the complex is designed to house an assortment of commercial, office and residential units.
Situated at the center of the complex, “The Bride” is made up of four conjoined towers of different heights. Rising to around 1,152 meters (or 3,780 feet), one of its buildings is significantly taller than Jeddah’s 1000-meter-high Kingdom Tower, which is scheduled for completion in the year 2018. What is more, it has an additional 328 meters over Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world. According to the renderings, the 230-story structure will also feature a 188-meter-long antenna, pointing towards the sky. Speaking about the project, a spokesperson at AMBS said:
Super-tall towers are perceived as an object in the distance; an alien planted in the city, disconnected from the urban scale at ground level. The Bride, on the other hand, will be conceived as a city itself both vertically but also horizontally from the ground.
Measuring around 724 meters, 484 meters and 61 meters respectively,The Bride’s three others towers together form what is being called “the first vertical city in the world”. The south facade of the central building will be covered with a glazed canopy, or a “veil”, to provide shade to the surrounding public areas and low-rise structures. The Bride is planned as a net-zero tower, producing all the energy it consumes. The architects added:
In contrast to a conventional tower, The Bride will be a place that may be enjoyed by all, not only for the ones that live and work there, but also the rest of the public. It will be enjoyed by thousands of people in endless ways, within it, on it or under it. From walking in the vast shaded parks and promenades at ground level, to having lunch or shopping in a sky-square hundreds of meters above sea level.