Revolutionary design at cutting edge.....
The Bahrain World Trade Centre site is located on
the main King Faisal Highway in Manama, Bahrain and offers unobstructed views over the Persian Gulf.
The master plan for the new development will provide additional twin office towers, a new shopping mall with anchor tenant, garden court and food outlets. Overall, the entire complex will include improvements designed to rejuvenate and breathe new life into the existing mall and hotel development.
Two triangular shaped towers tapering to a height of 240m sit above a sculpted tree-story podium, each providing 34 floors of office space and an exclusive 42nd floor viewing deck. Borrowing from a distinctly nautical flavour, each tower is visually anchored to the ground by a concertina of curved, sail-like forms that progressively peel back to reveal a dramatic form that resembles a shard of blue glass.
Unique to this building and rising to the challenge of incorporating renewable energy solutions with sustainable architecture, the design provides for three 29m diameter wind turbines horizontally supported between the towers. In plan, the sail profiles of the two towers funnel the onshore breeze between them as well as creating lift behind, thus further accelerating the wind velocity between the twin structures. The turbines are expected to produce between 11 and 15 percent of the total electrical consumption of the building.
The podium accommodates a single-storey extension to the existing shopping mall and reflects the already established modular, axial and spatial parameters. Three levels of covered car parking are available within the podium with further extensive parking and service areas provided in the basement.