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Old November 3rd, 2010, 10:44 AM   #6141
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I'm sorry, but the top of this tower is just plain ugly, there's no getting around it. The composition is horrible, the materials are cheap, and the overall look is one of extreme tackiness. If ever there was a botched job of interpreting classic Islamic architecture, this is it. What were the architects thinking? Wait, judging from the design, I'm guessing there were none, or if there were, they had zero training. More likely some rulers sketch which was taken at face value.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 10:59 AM   #6142
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I love this building, particularly because it has a lot of subtle details that glassy towers like the Guangzhou West Tower. The West Tower has a great shape that suits its simpleness, but the Abraj Al-Bait I would describe as a beautiful tower, because of its subtle details, especially around the clock.
I particularly like the tent-like structure on top of the shorter towers.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 12:01 PM   #6143
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I'm sorry, but the top of this tower is just plain ugly, there's no getting around it. The composition is horrible, the materials are cheap, and the overall look is one of extreme tackiness. If ever there was a botched job of interpreting classic Islamic architecture, this is it. What were the architects thinking? Wait, judging from the design, I'm guessing there were none, or if there were, they had zero training. More likely some rulers sketch which was taken at face value.

Cheap and tacky?? you obviously have not been following this thread for to long, have you looked at the detail on the clock faces and hands? Nothing cheap about them. Maybe looking back through the thread you would find out how wrong you are!
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 02:44 PM   #6144
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Let'em bark.
Makkah clock beared an electric shock as the uncomplete spire was struck many times with lightning in yesterday's long-waited rain. They're working on turning it back on.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 03:52 PM   #6145
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The top of the tower uses anything BUT cheap materials! That's real gold. My personal opinion is that is a shameful waste of money. There are people in need around the world and would it really make a difference at that height to use faux gold? Who could tell the difference? Oh well, it is what it is.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 05:25 PM   #6146
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It looks like they are copying the Big Ben though
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 05:44 PM   #6147
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Haha!! I love this tower
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 08:37 PM   #6148
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amazing Abraj Albait - the world's second tallest building
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 08:55 PM   #6149
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Heay!! Mecca stole a building from the Vegas Strip!
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 09:45 PM   #6150
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and the Vegas architect is so original ,
that why ancient Egyptian and Parisians " stole" their buildings ..
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 11:16 PM   #6151
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Old November 4th, 2010, 12:01 AM   #6152
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nice, people praying in the rain
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Old November 4th, 2010, 12:36 AM   #6153
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I'm sorry, but the top of this tower is just plain ugly, there's no getting around it. The composition is horrible, the materials are cheap, and the overall look is one of extreme tackiness. If ever there was a botched job of interpreting classic Islamic architecture, this is it. What were the architects thinking? Wait, judging from the design, I'm guessing there were none, or if there were, they had zero training. More likely some rulers sketch which was taken at face value.
Yes... gold is cheap.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 01:11 AM   #6154
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I have a video unclearly showing the ligthning striking the crescent-spire 4 times.
And the clock is back and running after being all-out for almost 24 hours. The lights are still not working though.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 01:13 AM   #6155
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HEY, they removed the crane and completed "Allah-u-Akbar"
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Old November 4th, 2010, 01:20 AM   #6156
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time for updates.
the small rio on top bring height to 512m.
looking great
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Old November 4th, 2010, 02:05 AM   #6157
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HEY, they removed the crane and completed "Allah-u-Akbar"
Sa7 alnoum, could you please buy a camera, prices in Hajj usually get very low. Maybe then you can provide us with daily pictures. Nice diagram CULWULLA!
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Old November 4th, 2010, 02:37 AM   #6158
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This building's monstrous.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 07:27 AM   #6159
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true!! why didn't i notice it before
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Old November 4th, 2010, 07:29 AM   #6160
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thanks for the diagram, Culwulla. please remove the front crane in the next one
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