Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Opera Having Lost Its Grandeur In The Contemporary Western World; Opera Architect To Build World's Tallest Building In The Middle East

"Henning Larsens Tegnestue A/S is predicted to build the world's [briefly] tallest skyscraper at a height of 1022m.

The Danish architect firm's drafts have been chosen by a building contractor in Bahrain. The Danish firm is just waiting for approval from the king.

Louis Becker, director responsible for the project, insisted that the firm is very close to securing the deal.

This would not be the first time Larsen, well known for designing Copenhagen's new opera house, would be building in the Middle East. The architect is also responsible for designing both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1984) and the Royal Danish Embassy (1987) in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Becker is scheduled to visit the small country situated in the Persian Gulf on 2 May.

According to public service broadcaster DR, the purpose of visit is to iron out final details.

The project is expected to be formally announced on 7 May.

Henning Larsens Tegnestue has been working on the plans for the project over the course of the previous year. If the project is realised after the approximately seven and a half years it would take, it will be a 'gigantic project for the firm', Becker told DR.

The project entails five towers, where the tallest would reach 1022m and have 200 stories. The building would house 30,000 people and would require an enormous elevator system. The second tallest tower would measure around 600m.

The five tower design is modelled after the five pillars of Islam. Louis Becker said the aim was not just to make an economic manifestation for Bahrain, but also a cultural one. That is why it is important that the sky-scraper project is local and Arabic focused, rather than American or European.

It was the building contractor's idea to build big, not Henning Larsens Tegnestue.

Henning Larsens Tegnestue was chosen because of Larsen's previous experiences with building in Saudi Arabia.

Although the tallest of the five towers will be almost twice as high as the world's tallest building, to date (Taiwan Taipei 101, 509m, built in 2004), there are already plans for a taller skyscraper on the way. 'The Mile', [in Dubai, Qatar] is the expected to be 1.6 km tall."

"Opera architect to build world's tallest building" The Copenhagen Post May 2, 2006


Opera House, Copenhagen, Denmark

Well known awarding winning firm Henning Larsens Tegnestue (HLT) has projects throughout Europe and the Middle East. Their recent projects include the W├╝rth Art Museum in Germany; and Nordea Headquarters, the IT University, and the new Opera House, all in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Photo credit: Henning Larsens Tegnestue (HLT) With thanks.


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