Bahrain World Trade Centre named as one of the world’s most influential skyscrapers

The high-rise features the first large-scale integration of wind turbines on a tall building

Bahrain World Trade Centre named as one of the world’s most influential skyscrapers

Bahrain World Trade Centre is undoubtedly the most iconic building in Manama’s skyline – and now it has been recognised as one of the world’s top high-rises.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has included the tower, which was finished in 2008, on its list of the 50 most influential tall buildings of the last 50 years.

CTBUH’s list, which does not rank the buildings, also includes the Gherkin in London, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Writing of the Bahrain World Trade Centre, the CTBUH said, “Two sail-shaped towers, connected by bridges supporting giant wind turbines, put the Bahraini capital on the world skyscraper map.

“This was the first large-scale integration of wind turbines with a tall building, making a strong, visible statement about the importance of incorporating natural sources of energy production into tall building design.

“The inspiration for the design came from regional vernacular ‘wind towers’ and the vast sails of the traditional Arabian dhow.”

The 50 buildings were chosen because they have “profoundly enhanced the cities in which they are located” or have “greatly influenced the practice of designing tall buildings”.

Architectural firms and lecturers from across the globe were asked for their submissions.

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