Bahrain World Trade Center - Description
Atkins was appointed to provide all masterplanning architecture and structural and MEP engineering design services for the Bahrain World Trade Center site, located on the main King Faisal Highway in Manama, Bahrain. More than half its area was previously developed, and comprised the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, an associated single-storey luxury shopping mall, an office tower, car parking facilities, services and landscaped areas.
We developed the masterplan for the extended development that rejuvenates the existing mall and hotel and provides additional 50 storey twin office towers with unobstructed views over the Arabian Gulf, a new shopping mall with anchor tenant and several food outlets.
The focal point of the development is the twin triangular shaped towers which sit above a sculpted three-story podium. Tapering to a height of 240m, each tower is visually anchored to the ground by a concertina of curved, sail-like forms, and provides 34 floors of office space and an exclusive viewing deck on the 42nd floor.
Unique to this building and rising to the challenge of incorporating renewable energy solutions within sustainable architecture, the design includes three 29m diameter wind turbines horizontally supported on bridges. The turbines are expected to produce between 11 and 15 percent of the total electrical consumption of the towers.