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Getting High

Building projects of all sizes are exciting.  I love how the many small details fit into fewer larger ideas to come together in creating a solution, whether it’s a dwelling, a road, a bridge, or even a whole city.  Al Hamra, both as a project and a building, is in a class of its own.  Even if one is not interested in architecture or skyscrapers, this building is different.  It will (already has) change the skyline Kuwait City for ever. The design is simple, beautiful and unique; and it brings a new level of creativity and sophistication to our city.  If that's not enough, it also happens to be the tallest carved building, and one of tallest skyscrapers in the world.

The official website has good information with a reasonable presentation video.  The newsletters are a little more interesting.  However for real insight into the thought that has gone into this masterpiece, watch this episode of Build it Bigger.

There is really little point in trying to describe the views.  As much as I dislike the overuse of the word awesome, the experience truly was AWESOME.  We reached the 74th floor! Kuwait, both city and suburbs, looked like a three-dimensional map.  It was fun to see whose house we could spot.  There was unfortunately some haze which hindered the very-distant view, but the polariser helped remove some of the reflection in the images.

I tried to capture clean shots of what the eye can see outside, as well as some which included elements of the building itself: scaffolding, ropes, nets etc.  I did this to get interesting images but more so to credit the building which made this view possible.  A view that will soon be available for us all to enjoy whilst having a nice meal.

I often feel that sunset brings out the best of what Kuwait has to offer: If you’re out in the desert, you would witness shades of red in the sky that only great poets could describe... If you’re sitting by the sea, the golden colours are reflected by the water and the gentle waves... and if you’re walking in the city, the sound of the athan (call for prayer) in the background is celebrated by the city lights as they queue to come on - in a pattern that seems to merge chaos and order together.

From Al Hamra, I enjoyed all of the above... at the same time.


I hope you like the photos and I wish the Al Hamra people a successful completion. 

Reader Comments (13)

Breathtaking shots, really felt the height is some strange ways

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUsed

Wow, beautiful photos.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwintersamar

breathtaking photos...

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersuper devoika

Thank you.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

If the photos were not spectacular enough (and they really are), your description delivered another unique poetic image from your own perspective.

Thank you for these images.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermoayad

what a wonderful pictures
what a nice trip .
what a lovely comments
thank u for allowing us to join u

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjamila

best pictured I have ever seen , thank u buyousef for these piece of art. next news letter they will be there. thank u again.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAhmad al roomi

el9uwar rw3a rw3a rw3a o a5er 9ooora 7abeeet-haaa wayed :)

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfereej

Loved the pics ;) esp the last one!!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmu ....

wow!! 'awesome' indeed! lovely pics, the excitement and awe you experienced has been well brought out through words and pictures. Thanks for the 'uplifting' trip! :)

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

Lovely lovely pictures! Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Its as if you were describing ever moment as you felt it! I know that it probably took you a long time to sort through the huge amount of pictures you took!

Many of them were amazing shots! Loved the ones with the scaffolding!

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

Thank you all for your wonderful comments. It was a really special experience made better by sharing it with you.

November 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

Mabrook BuYousef on your new blog! I love the new format and the page format finally does justice to your photographs.
Wish you all the best in this new endeavor. :)

ps. I'm still updating some sections on my new blog so I'll update your link soon. ;)

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

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