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Old December 14th, 2011, 04:03 PM   #10381
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It isn't, it is an attack on bad architecture. Smooth glass cladding that doesnt overbare the city would have been magnificant.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 05:43 PM   #10382
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haha, I know it isn't and hence the lol. I just found it ridiculous that you needed to explain you weren't "attacking Islam" by merely voicing your opinion regarding the architecture of the building.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #10383
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Oh right got ya! No problems mate. It's just that there are a few on here who equate any criticism of this project to a criticism of Islam.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 06:18 PM   #10384
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.. which is a bit ironic seeing as this project is in itself offensive to the sanctity of Islam's holiest site. And Islam shouldn't be above criticism, anyways.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 06:44 PM   #10385
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and yada yada yada
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Old December 14th, 2011, 06:57 PM   #10386
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Lol Makkawi, I gave up on you a long time ago.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #10387
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who said I was debating?
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:56 PM   #10388
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I know you weren't. That was a general statement. lol

Not that the post was that far from your debating style
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Old December 14th, 2011, 11:10 PM   #10389
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Old December 15th, 2011, 04:01 AM   #10390
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Old December 15th, 2011, 06:36 AM   #10391
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Old December 15th, 2011, 06:00 PM   #10392
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Makkah Clock's ornament designed by Jay Bonner


Mecca Clock Tower (Abraj al-Bait), Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The Mecca Clock Tower is the tallest of the five high-rise towers in the Abraj al-Bait complex in Mecca, and at approximately 600 meters above ground, the second tallest building in the world. This clock tower has four faces – two that are square, and two that are rectangular – with a height of 43 meters.

Jay Bonner was contracted to design the ornament for the clock faces, and work closely with the design and engineering team responsible for this ambitious tower project. The ornamental design included floral designs in the corners of the square and rectangular faces, the dial, the floral designs on the hands, and the exterior ornament for the domical observatory that sits above one of the clock faces. The ornament throughout each face is glass mosaic tesserae with inset LED light fixtures for nocturnal illumination. The glass mosaics are set onto rigid carbon-fiber composite, and the floral design in each corner of the face is in high relief. The style of the floral ornament is in the pan-Islamic style first developed by Jay Bonner for the Sliding Domes at the Prophet’s Mosque in Median.

Contracted in 2007: scheduled for completion in 2011.

http://bonner-design.com/index.php/p...k-tower-mecca/



Preliminary design for the clock face detail
(muqarnas minute indicators not designed by Jay Bonner)


Detail of sample mosaic panel


Sample mosaic panel


Mosaic detail


Mould for high relief carbon-fiber composite floral panels


Detail of mould


Floral design at the tip of the hour hand

About Jay Bonner



Bonner Design Consultancy specializes in traditional and contemporary Islamic architectural ornament.

Jay Bonner is a recognized authority in this field. He received his MDes from the Royal College of Art in London (1983). Since graduation he has worked on many important projects in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States; including the expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque (al-Masjid al-Nabawi) in Medina, Saudi Arabia; the current expansion of the Grand Mosque in Mecca (Masjid al-Haram); the Abraj al-Bait Clock Tower in Mecca; the movable minbar for the Kaaba; the International Medical Center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; the Data Darbar in Lahore, Pakistan; the New Senate House in Rawalpindi, Pakistan; the Ismaili Centre in London; and the American Institute of Mathematics Research Conference Center in California.

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Old December 15th, 2011, 09:06 PM   #10393
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Old December 15th, 2011, 09:26 PM   #10394
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I was in Jeddah today, and on my way back I saw the media banners under the front & right clock were working, I don't know about the left clock and I couldn't take pics. Just informing here.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 07:32 AM   #10395
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Thanks to informing us that you didn't have your camera ...
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Old December 16th, 2011, 11:47 AM   #10397
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Thanks to informing us that you didn't have your camera ...
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Old December 16th, 2011, 01:01 PM   #10398
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Thanks to informing us that you didn't have your camera ...
What good is a camera when you are in a car with your family and you can't even see whats written on the banner?
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Old December 16th, 2011, 01:04 PM   #10399
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Old December 16th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #10400
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