From Water Tanks To Kuwait Towers

By on October 4, 2014

Three slender towers, introduced on February 26, 1977, are today a status symbol of Kuwait. Situated on the Arabian Gulf Road, Sharq district, the project was initiated as part of a bigger water distribution project owned by VBB, a Swedish Engineering Company.

The story of these towers is really interesting. Sune Lindström, Chief Architect of the company, had already constructed five groups of mushroom water towers (typically, the Kuwait Water Towers), when Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed, the Amir of Kuwait, asked for comparatively prettier and more charming design for the sixth group of towers.

From Water Tanks to Kuwait Towers

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What came as a result is the three towers seen today standing tall on a promontory into the Persian Gulf as one of the most popular sites in Kuwait. Covering an area of 38,000 sqm, the three towers, two major towers and one small, were opened to the public in 1979.

The Main Tower is constructed 187 m above the sea level and hems in the Horizon Restaurant, with a coffee shop, and ‘Dasman’ ballroom. The Horizon Restaurant or Ofok Hall provides lunch and dinner buffets to its customers with excellent hospitality service. For coffee lovers, there is ‘Le Café’, where you can enjoy snacks and beverages.

To add to the charm, the mesmerizing ‘Dasman’ ballroom fits in and offers a gigantic space to organize any special party or business gathering or even a grand wedding as and when you like.

The lower sphere, around 123 m above sea level, has an amazing revolving area to stand and observe the city of Kuwait. You can adore the vicinities completely, whether or not you use a telescope.

The Middle Tower is simply kept as a water reservoir.

The third is the Minor Tower that supplies electricity to the other two towers as well as to the whole city.

Covering the three giant spheres in eight different shades of green, blue and gray, almost 41,000 enameled steel discs hark back to the domes of historic mosques. Spiral patterns used to arrange the discs make the spheres all the more elegant and worth visiting.

The Kuwait Towers have already bagged the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1980 Cycle).

She is an author at askebuddy. She holds a master degree in journalism. Creativity is her forte, she is always in search of new things, and she is a free spirit.

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Kanchan Wadhawan

She is an author at askebuddy. She holds a master degree in journalism. Creativity is her forte, she is always in search of new things, and she is a free spirit.