Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait

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The Al Hamra Tower is a topped out skyscraper in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Designed by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the tower is the tallest building in Kuwait on completion in 2011 at 412.6 m (1,354 ft).[1] It is the tallest sculpted tower in the world. The tower includes 195,000 m2 (2,100,000 sq ft) of commercial and office space. The building connects to a five-story retail mall which totals 23,000 m2 (250,000 sq ft) of retail space and includes an integrated theater complex and an 11-story carpark. The tower itself was built on an 18,000 m2 (190,000 sq ft) construction site. The Al Hamra Tower has over 70 floors of office space, a rooftop restaurant and a spa. The shopping center includes a 10 screen Movie theater/cinema complex which also has IMAX theaters. Al Hamra is tallest stone clad structure on earth. Covered with 258,000 square meters of limestone. While engineers were planning the building's construction they expressed concern to the architect that the flared walls could collapse under the load of the limestone. Unwilling to change their aesthetic, the two sides met in the middle. The solution: to install limestone tiles on the lower floors and a mesh tile covered with crushed limestone on the higher floor, achieving the same look, but with a fraction of the weight.
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait