All tallest buildings have their charm and it is an amazing science and engineering combined. Tallest building crown has come a long way from Willis tower in the US to Petronas Tower Malaysia and is currently with Burj Khalifa in Dubai. There are reports that this crown will be shifted to “Kingdom Tower” Saudi Arab which is due to be completed on 2019.
Now Iraq is planning to build the tallest tower with 1152m height and 230 stories. Iraq with all its problems is due to build this masterpiece in Basra.
It is clarified that height is not the only concern according to British-Iraq firm AMBS. They are instead planning to build a “vertical city”. This city will have interlinked towers, four of them having different heights. It is reported that this building will not only have offices, hotels but “that this structure will have its own transportation system, clinics, schools and a neighborhood”.
The security aspect is also taken in initial design considering the deadly 9/11 attack. Architects from AIMBs say that this 4 interconnected tower design will be much safer than a single tower.
It can be seen in the above picture that Vertical City has more useable area and will be an efficient structure if constructed. when compared with Burj Khalifa it has lesser non-usable space.
Iraq has its share of problems in last decade or so but Basra is a relatively peaceful city and there are chances that this project will materialize. Though construction site is still not selected and there is no report on the completion date of this project but still it is a big news from a country usually associated with negative news.