Southern Basra province of Iraq has report started planning for building 1,152 meter "mega tall" skyscraper. This construction will be taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which is presently the tallest building in the world. In fact the newly proposed tower in Iraq will be taller than under construction 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah.
The Bride Tower, proposed by AMBS Architects, will have 230 storeys, with 188-metre tall antenna. There will be four conjoined towers.
The tower is estimated to be 152 meters taller than the Kingdom Tower designed by architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill.
The structure in Basra will be furnished by canopy cover on the south façade. This will give shade to the nearby low rise buildings. The three other towers within the structure are set to be 724 meters, 484 meters and 61 meters.
The name of the building is a reference to the rapidly growing city of Basra as a business hub, nicknamed the Bride of the Gulf. AMBS has designed the first public library that was built in Iraq since the 70s and has offices in Baghdad and London.
Architects have described the project as "the first vertical city in the world". The building is not just will be the tallest, but it will feature ground breaking engineering and vertical transportation.
According to the architects, "In contrast to a conventional tower, the Bride will be a place that may be enjoyed by all, not only for the ones that live and work there, but also the rest of the public."
The Bride Tower will feature offices, hotels, residential areas, commercial centers, parks and gardens as well as its own rail network spanning across 1,550,908 square meters of floor space. It will surpass the "super tall" tower category since breaking the 600 meters high mark and will venture into the realm of the "mega tall" tower.
AMBS also stated that the super-tall towers are perceived as an object in the distance. It added, "An alien planted in the city, disconnected from the urban scale at ground level. The Bride, on the other hand, will be conceived as a city itself both vertically but also horizontally from the ground."
"It will be enjoyed by thousands of people in endless ways, within it, on it or under it," the firm added. "From walking in the vast shaded parks and promenades at ground level, to having lunch or shopping in a sky-square hundreds of meters above sea level."