Kuwait's Towers

The unique set of three needles at the edge of the Arabian Gulf, in the heart of Kuwait City, were planned as national icons in the oil flourishment of the 1970s (though created in the 60s). The tower was finished in 1976 and publicly launched after three years (in 1979). They are still an icon till today; the interior design was mainly ruined during the demonstration of Iraq in 1990, and totally renewed after that.

The unique balls lying part way up the gigantic concrete needles sit beautifully unsymmetrically: two balls are on the tallest tower, and one is set on the middle and no balls are on the smallest tower.

The towers are somehow serviceable, but they have a symbolic role as well that is even more important than their function. The middle tower, reaching about 147 meters above sea level, carries a spherical water tank, with a capableness of one million gallons. The tallest tower, whose height is 187 meters, holds a big lower ball with some cafes, restaurants and entertainment spaces for rent, and it holds another smaller, higher ball with two levels of observation deck. The small tower, reaching about 113 meters, holds a column of floodlights that lighten the other two towers in the darkness of the night.

The equipment utilized for the Kuwait Towers high lightens the contrasts in the form. The concrete needle-shaped towers are coated with the while colour mainly from the bottom till the top, and tipped with aluminum. The three balls, also constructed in strengthened concrete, are covered with 55,000 circular steel plates, brushed in 8 distinct colours.

 

 

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