AMBS architects have recently unveiled plans for the world’s tallest skyscraper to be built in the Iraqi city of Basra.
At 3,780 feet (1,152-metres) tall – The Bride – will tower over the current record holder, the 2,723 foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
According to Inhabitat, the tower is planned for the Bridge of the Gulf in Basra, the scene of some of the heaviest flighting during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but now a fast developing business district.
Comprised of four conjoined towers at differing heights, The Bride’s amazing 230 storeys would be topped by an 188-metre-tall antenna. The central tower will be covered by a glazed canopy, which provides shade to the lower levels and public areas below. The shade is much appreciated in Basra, where it is consistently one of the hottest cities on the planet, with summer temperatures exceeding 50 °C.
The other three towers would stand at 724 metres, 484 metres and 61 metres respectively.
Once complete, the 5,088,280 square foot Bride will be filled with offices, hotels, residential apartments, office space, parks and gardens.
AMBS architects describe the skyscraper as “the first vertical city in the world”.
“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 metres above sea level,” the firm said.
As reported by Dezeen, the architects say the tower would fall into the height category of “mega tall”, as it breaks the 600-metre mark.
“Super-tall towers are perceived as an object in the distance,” AMBS said.
“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.”
It has also been reported that the Bride is being designed as a “net-zero structure”, meaning that it would produce as much energy as it consumes.
Images courtesy of Dezeen.