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Old September 16th, 2007, 10:53 AM   #1
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DOHA | Al Quds Endowment Tower | 495m | 1624ft | 100 fl | On Hold

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Qatar, Doha
Al Quds tower

the new version of the Dome of the Rock


This 100 floors tower project represents a real challenge to afford the creation of the most innovative human habitat and the greatest landmark of Doha because its residential function and its shape that always could remind to the world the hope of the peace for the Palestinian land.

The target is to host more than 2.000 inhabitants in a icon building that could be symbolically linked with Al Quds trough the analogy with the Dome of the Rock, the most important and ancient monument of the Islamic culture, the place where the prophet Muhammad ascended to God in the sky.

The geometry of the Dome of the Rock is abstractly extended in height and with the right proportion to became an ethereal tower, that mix itself with the sky; in this way the Golden Dome became a sort of Golden Minaret. Its top (420 meters) is able to catch and reflex around the first ray of the sun in the morning and the last in evening, all over Doha. In the night, because so high and close to the seaside, it will be the lantern of the Gulf. The main entrance direction 15 lifts lobby and a laser light on top are toward the Al Quds direction, to remind Palestinian land, all the time and to everybody, from everywhere in Doha.

All these symbolical meaning with their own cultural, political, and religious contents find a reasonable choice and a pragmatic meaning in the correspondence with a clear consolidate typology of skyscrapers: the Miraret or “skyrockets” shape is considered the best choice in terms of aerodynamic effect of the wind. Just some examples between many: Swiss Re in London, Acqbar in Barcelona, and now the tallest in the world, the construction Bionic tower in Shanghai - 1200 meters.

The cylinder and round base plan is better than square or polygonal one. But the amount of the vortexes on the back of the cylinder can create negative strong whirlpool. Like the airplane wings the force should be dangerous.
The reduction of cylindrical shape (Typical first 50 floors diameter of 60 meters) since the half of the height toward the top allows a drastic reduction of this vortex of air on the back of the tower with the positive result of avoiding high costs for the foundations and all the structural frame.

The tower include 420 apartments will host 2.250 residents with a medium range of 120 sqm each plus the surrounding continuous private and public terraces, provided by the 2,5 mt. of extended cantilevered slab that ensure also protection by the sun and easy maintenance of the glass façade.
Five floors of futuristic “sky-gardens” ensure greenery and fresh air at any floors breaking the textured skin of the building. Around the, every 20 floors, public facilities and services like nursery, bar and restaurants, prayer rooms, Gym, Spa, swimming pools, library clubs, mini-markets will allow the high quality and real environmental “vertical” life style.

A vertigo restaurant and a suite for special honour or diplomatic guests are on the top.
An easy and economic but innovative RGB changing colors lighting system will ensure spectacular dynamic games of light at night, in the podium and along all the tower, until the golden top.

The car for the residents will be close to the apartments as per the best futuristic goal about this issue. Like in the first lucky typology of this kind of tower (Marina Bay in Chicago). The cars are host in the first 9 spiral slab car park (800 cars for 420 residents are more then 1,5 for each apartment).

The tower down is sustained by the real image of a feet shaped podium. The slabs, going down, start to increase them self in a fluidic enlargements, like the topography land curves map.

The ground floor double height Podium will host retail and commercial activities, a bank, one mosque for 300 persons, a 500 seat multipurpose ballroom and cinema hall with surrounding small restaurants. The service and commercial area of 9.000 sqm has a 2 level underground car park basement, hosting 670 cars for visitors and employers.
On the Podium the roof garden of palm trees, with swimming pool and decorative pools provides nice views to a big gym, Spa and restaurant.
The transparency of the glazing of the podium is protected by the sun with a continuous “mujarabya” in computer and laser cut aluminium panels to evoke the stone and the ceramic tiles texture and Islamic scripts of the base of Dome of the Rock in Al Quds.













Source: http://www.europaconcorsi.com/db/pub...a.php?id=17450
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Old September 16th, 2007, 11:01 AM   #2
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HH THE Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya attended the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Al-Quds Endowment Tower project in Doha Sunday, 3 December, 2006,

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Old September 16th, 2007, 11:18 AM   #3
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so is this U/C..? and if so what is it's current status ?
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Old September 16th, 2007, 11:55 AM   #4
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the same website says:

Plan: January 2007
Beginning works: March 2007
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Old September 16th, 2007, 12:54 PM   #5
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Do one of you guys know where the site is? Someone should go check this out and check if anything is going on.

BTW no willy references please, and I'm serious. I'll delete your post otherwise

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Old September 16th, 2007, 01:11 PM   #6
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Another one supertall again!!!

Wwoww, what a design, original pfff, stunning...

already a thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=417811
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Old September 16th, 2007, 02:22 PM   #7
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great design, reminds me a bit on the Chicago Spire
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Old September 16th, 2007, 06:01 PM   #8
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This tower looks so... fat
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Old September 16th, 2007, 06:32 PM   #9
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Well the name of this building sure puts the myth about highrises and ***** size to the test. Then I saw the look of the building and was convinced.

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Old September 16th, 2007, 06:35 PM   #10
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It's a nice project!
I have a feeling that someone will say that insult they made to Chicago Spire.
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Old September 16th, 2007, 09:30 PM   #11
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looks great at night!
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Old September 17th, 2007, 06:57 PM   #12
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"Floating" gardens really seems to be fashion right now...
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Old September 17th, 2007, 07:42 PM   #13
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hey salman... this one's gr8....
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Old September 17th, 2007, 08:59 PM   #14
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Great idea, actually.

I miss playing basketball within sight of the Dome of the Rock.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 11:04 PM   #15
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It looks much better at night.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 09:42 PM   #16
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i really like on the project that every floor has its own balcony. must be awesome to live at the top
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Old September 19th, 2007, 06:09 AM   #17
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I do like the detail feature that allows for trees throughout the tower...

However, the shape representation of the tower in connection to it's title is inappropriate!
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Old September 19th, 2007, 08:24 PM   #18
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where is Doha? Qatar? Interesting tower !!!
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yes, Doha is in Qatar
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It's a nice project!
I have a feeling that someone will say that insult they made to Chicago Spire.
LOL, you mean that it looks like a *****? I'll bite....I think it looks like a *****.
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