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6 years in 5 minutes: Time-lapse video of the construction of Al Hamra Tower

The Big Project ME looks at the construction of the Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait, from foundation to façade between 2004 and 2011

Opened in November 2011, the Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City is the tallest building in Kuwait, standing at 412m. The building was designed by the architecture firm of Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill. Developed by Al Hamra Real Estate at a cost of $500m, the building is the first skyscraper with a 100% asymmetrical exterior.

Additionally, its façade has a 130 degree sweeping turn with two fins that sprout from the top and bottom of the structure in opposite directions. It is also the tallest stone clad structure on earth, with 258,000m2 of limestone.


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