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Old February 18th, 2007, 11:42 PM   #201
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Sweet shots by Haerlodus. This shot in 5 years will be filled with towers.

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Old February 19th, 2007, 05:23 PM   #202
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awesome shot!! very outstanding.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 12:44 AM   #203
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Slighly older than the last shots but beautiful (by simon in bahrain):

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Old February 26th, 2007, 11:05 PM   #204
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Here is one by marirs (slighly edited):

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Old February 27th, 2007, 12:45 PM   #205
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stunning design!!
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Old February 27th, 2007, 11:06 PM   #206
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 11:48 PM   #207
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Cool shot by Baluchi:

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Old March 3rd, 2007, 05:29 AM   #208
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great pics,great projects and great city
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Old March 18th, 2007, 05:01 PM   #209
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a world first, the blades are on.

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Old March 18th, 2007, 05:05 PM   #210
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you can check them out (before the sun sets) at,

http://89.148.15.45:1028/view/index.shtml
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Old March 18th, 2007, 05:17 PM   #211
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great cam
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Old March 18th, 2007, 07:18 PM   #212
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Old March 19th, 2007, 07:53 PM   #213
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Bahrain builds first wind powered towers

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MANAMA, March 19 (Reuters Life!) - A twin skyscraper complex in Bahrain has become the world's first commercial development to include large-scale wind turbines in its structure to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, the architects said on Monday.

Builders have suspended three giant propellers between the two towers of the Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) that will supply 11-15 percent of its energy needs, or 1100 to 1300 megawatt-hours per year -- enough to provide light in 300 homes for over a year, architecture firm Atkins said.

"This is the first time anywhere in the world that a commercial development has integrated large-scale wind turbines within its design to harness the power of the wind," Atkins said in a statement

The 240-meter high towers are designed to funnel wind into the turbines, which measure 29 meters (32 yards) in diameter.

BWTC designer Shaun Killa said that solar panels available at the time of construction lost their efficiency at high temperatures, making wind power more viable in Bahrain, an island state in the Gulf next to Saudi Arabia.

"Bahrain always has a tremendous amount of wind... Every morning when the sun comes up it heats the desert in Saudi Arabia, which draws in air from the Gulf. The wind in Bahrain is extremely consistent," Killa said at a news conference.

The turbines are due to undergo testing throughout 2007, BWTC's designers said. The building itself is due to open for business in the second half of 2007.
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Atkins celebrated a world first today

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Atkins celebrated a world first today, with the installation of the turbine blades onto Manama's Bahrain World Trade Center towers.

The installation of the 29 metre diameter turbine blades represents a culmination of over three years of intensive research and development by Atkins architects and engineers in association with Danish partners Ramboll and Norwin.

The Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) is a pioneering stride for environmental architecture, the first building in the world to incorporate large scale integrated wind turbines which comprehensive ground tests indicate will generate 11-15% of the energy requirements of the two towers.

Shaun Killa, Head Architect and Design Director and the creative brain behind the Atkins design, believes the research and design for the Bahrain World Trade Center has set the precedent for sustainable architecture around the globe.

The BWTC is a significant project which showcases a particular technology that¡¦s set to become a very important component of sustainable design in the future. It serves as a model for an environmentally-conscious design and helps pave the way for future projects to also integrate energy from wind power. ¡¥Sustainability¡¦ is a principal upon which we must build the foundation of all future developments,¡¨ he said.

From buildings like the BWTC, to railways to education, Atkins is at the forefront of incorporating sustainable design into the built environment.

Atkins is spearheading a number of initiatives within the company to raise awareness of sustainability within the psyche of our architects and engineers. This project serves to highlight how with determination and willingness on behalf of responsive clients we can actually turn these ideas into reality,¡¨ adds Tim Askew, Regional Managing Director.

The BWTC design blends maritime aesthetics with the functionality of traditional wind-towers. The visually striking sail-shaped towers form a commanding silhouette on the skyline of Manama, and serve to channel the strong on-shore winds directly onto the turbines.

Atkins expertise extended from concept design right through the life of the project, with a diverse team of engineers playing a significant role in achieving this remarkable feat.

The three wind turbines are horizontally supported between the towers by three bridges weighing a substantial 65-tonnes each,¡¨ noted Atkins Senior Project Manager, Simha Lytherao.

On schedule to open this year, the 50 storey, 240m high office complex, which also features a major shopping mall with sky lit courts providing centrepieces of relaxation, is currently going through completion stages with office and retail tenants poised to undertake their own fit-outs.
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Old March 31st, 2007, 02:26 AM   #214
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By hitch towel:

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Also great shots by gareth dawer:

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Old April 16th, 2007, 12:20 AM   #215
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Old April 20th, 2007, 12:43 AM   #216
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Old April 20th, 2007, 04:09 AM   #217
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The external cladding on this project is a visual tour de force.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 10:42 PM   #218
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love that 3-color-system of it
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Old April 30th, 2007, 12:31 AM   #219
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This is probably the best shot of the two towers (non-aerial). Taken by by cla araba:

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Old April 30th, 2007, 06:15 PM   #220
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Looks interesting!
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