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Old December 2nd, 2013, 03:45 AM   #12101
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wheres Shanghai Tower at that diagram??
The diagram is for completed towers at the time One WTC is completed, at which point Shanghai Tower will still be under construction
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 06:29 PM   #12102
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Guys, it happens that I mentioned before that a metro station would be built behind Abraj Al-Bait towers; However, I reread the articles and found that the metro is supposed to go through that area but no station was mentioned. Again, we'll wait and see.

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Old December 3rd, 2013, 05:10 AM   #12103
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Old December 4th, 2013, 12:11 AM   #12104
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awesome shots...
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Old December 4th, 2013, 01:18 AM   #12105
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The work that has started behind Abraj Al-Bait is it; Drb Al Khalil?
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Old December 4th, 2013, 04:51 AM   #12106
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awesome shots...
Agreed!
I think this building is great for Mecca. A glass clad Shanghai tower style building wouldn't look right here.
Is this building generally an awesome design? Perhaps not, but right here, it works.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 03:31 PM   #12107
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When will they remove the crane
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Old December 4th, 2013, 08:18 PM   #12108
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Tents on top of the Towers

of the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project, Makkah, 2011



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The seven towers of the King Abdul Aziz endowment project in close vicinity of the Great Mosque of Makkah not only are the most spectacular building project of the Arab World, a symbol of power and sense of mission, but also the most controversial. Because the shadow of the towers nearly reaches the Kaaba.

Since 2004 the project rose to the skies. Whereas six towers reach a height of up to 250 meters, the middle tower attains 601 meters. In the worldwide competition of height records, this towers ranks second after Burj Khalifa in Dubai with 818 meters. Since 2004 the requirements of the clients increased. In place of an Ottoman fortress a complex with luxury hotels, apartments, offices, a shopping center, restaurants and private suites of the royal family should be created. Several program changes occurred during construction. The most serious concerned the middle tower, which received a gigantic clockwork to worldwide synchronize Makkah-time. Most recently, ten additional floors behind the clockwork shall be developed into a center of astronomical science and a professional observatory. And there shall be a viewing platform, with a dizzying vista of the center of the Arab World.
This new view from the top caused the planners to concern themselves, quite belatedly, with the roof designs of the lower six towers and the central building. Instead of mechanical equipment and elevator machinery the complex should receive a proper fifth façade.







Since the foundations could not take any additional loads, only lightweight construction was feasible. To build tents on a limited surface at a height of 220 meters was a challenge for the specialists of SL Rasch. Above all a system had to be found, which allowed to cover the non-symmetrical polygonal plans of the towers and to integrate the elevator machinery. It also had to withstand the enormous wind loads at this height.

The roof tents of the two smaller towers were conceived as column-less spaces, necessitating for the rows of nine or ten pointed tents a geometrically very complex substructure. Each support element and their connection had to be designed in minute detail and manufactured accordingly. From each tent’s ring reinforced oculus the heat-insulating PTFE-membrane is stretched by ridge, valley and edge cables to the alternating top and bottom points of variable length edge supports. These stiff cantilever beams are fixed to the reinforced edge of the roof slab. The walls are fully glazed and are shaded by the projecting membrane. The oculi of the tent compartments are crowned by prismatic, ornamented glass lanterns.







Much attention was paid to the interior design of the tents, since the newly created spaces are reserved for the royal family. SL Rasch succeeded in transferring the chosen ornament for the interior membrane to the complicated, computer generated 3D geometry of the membrane pattern and print it directly on the PTFE fabric.

The taller towers C and D accommodate in their top floors two large gastronomic facilities. Two types of tent were developed, to house those facilities on the two different irregular roof terraces. Each combines three pointed tents into one structural unit. The central steel masts branch out to carry the large glass lanterns, which admit light to the interior, subdued by ornamental shading screens. The ridge, valley and edge cables are pre-tensioned and fixed to inclined masts, which are anchored to the roof slab of the towers.








Thanks to the insulating multilayer membrane construction and sun protection glazing, all roof tents are easily air conditioned. The sensitive handling of illumination assures that the extraordinary textile roofscape of the tall buildings shows to advantage also at evening and night time.

In front of tower A is a narrow, six-story gallery building, which has at the back two stepped roof terraces facing the Hijra-Plaza. To protect both terraces against sun and rain with a lightweight structure, the SL Rasch team searched for a minimal form. It was generated and optimized as always with the help of the numerical soap film model. The 2300 square meters required a lightweight structure of 26 membrane segments, which are spanned from parallel ridge and valley cables and peripheral curved edge cables. The top points of the tent are defined by vertical masts, which rest on the balustrade of the upper terrace, while the bottom points are attached to nearly horizontal cantilevering bars. Their large protrusion provides roofing over the lower terrace.


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Old December 4th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #12109
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Interesting building? Yes. Beautiful? Heck no!
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Old December 6th, 2013, 04:55 AM   #12110
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Old December 6th, 2013, 05:20 AM   #12111
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Interesting building? Yes. Beautiful? Heck no!
Look at me, my name is Hauler and I pretend to know something about beauty. Well, I work as a beauty judge online. Some call me a troll though.
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Old December 6th, 2013, 09:36 AM   #12112
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Look at me, my name is Hauler and I pretend to know something about beauty. Well, I work as a beauty judge online. Some call me a troll though.
lol.

I think it looks stunning especially when it is lit up in green. Does the green have any significance, like the Saudi Arabian flag colour?
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Old December 6th, 2013, 10:49 AM   #12113
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I think it looks stunning especially when it is lit up in green. Does the green have any significance, like the Saudi Arabian flag colour?
there is a documentory just a few pages back i think that explains that green is the best visible color at night from far away
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Old December 7th, 2013, 03:10 PM   #12114
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And green is ofcourse the color of Islam.
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Old December 7th, 2013, 04:23 PM   #12115
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Look at me, my name is Hauler and I pretend to know something about beauty. Well, I work as a beauty judge online. Some call me a troll though.
do you have a problem with someone expressing their opinion ?
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Old December 7th, 2013, 06:20 PM   #12116
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Two days ago...

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Old December 7th, 2013, 06:40 PM   #12117
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Old December 7th, 2013, 09:26 PM   #12118
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do you have a problem with someone expressing their opinion ?
Of course not, this troll is in every Saudi project posting the same BS and he was also attacking and stereotyping. He clearly has something personal.
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This building is absolutely grand, too bad for those green lights.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 05:38 AM   #12120
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THE MECCA CLOCK TOWER

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST CLOCK

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Germany and Switzerland:

December 2013:

Sunday, 8 Dec 2013, 9.05 a.m. CET, Spiegel TV Wissen

January 2014:

Monday, 6 Jan 2014, 8.15 p.m. CET, Spiegel TV Wissen
Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014, 11.45 a.m. CET, Spiegel TV Wissen
Friday, 10 Jan 2014, 6.35 p.m. CET, Spiegel TV Wissen


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