Thursday, October 19, 2017

D & A

Oval mirror

 

Celebrated for its cosmopolitism, Limassol in Cyprus is all set to build a new architectural marvel. Located at the heart of the city, the Oval, a mirror like commercial structure rising barely 100 m from the Mediterranean Sea, is all set for construction. The €25 million building, the brain child of Cyprus’ luxury property developer Cybarco, has the support of the country’s political minders and is slated for completion by the end of 2016. Touted as the biggest commercial development in the area, the Oval is expected to be the headquarters for multiple businesses, thus underlining the importance of the area as a commercial centre.  The Oval, with uninterrupted views of the sea, has been designed by internationally acclaimed firm Atkins in collaboration with WKK and Armeftis & Associates. The oval shape is intended to make the 16 storey building stand out from every other structure in the zone.  The unique features of the building include a flexible open plan design which will cater to the requirements of every type of business irrespective of its size, expansive executive office floors at levels 14 and 15 with special access to a roof terrace on the 16th. Complementing the project’s oval design are the luxurious reception areas at the ground level,  landscaped gardens and a restaurant.  The various facilities offered at the Oval include property management, 24-hour security and controlled access to the building’s premises and two underground parking levels. It is reported the project, a sustainable development using geothermal energy to minimise carbon emissions, has an energy performance certificate of ‘A’ rating.

 

 

 

Planeport perfect

 

Finally at long the HOK-designed Hamad International Airport in Doha—a very potent symbol of Qatar’s rise as a superpower in terms of infrastructure in the Middle East—is operational, and has started welcoming passengers. Earlier, delays dogged the project, including a last minute decision to halt its opening just hours before the project was due to be unveiled in April 2013. The project is remarkable not just for its sheer scale – it is the largest airport project to be undertaken in the region in recent years, and had around 40,000 people working on it during peak periods – or its potential as an aviation hub for Qatar Airways, the country’s national airline, but also for being an architectural delight. With a waterfront location near the Arabian Gulf, Hamad International Airport with its sleek Passenger Terminal Complex is the first impression many new visitors get on their entry into Qatar. The design of the main passenger terminal underlines Qatari hospitality and has woven in elements of its Gulf-side location and the country at large, while providing them with an experience of global luxury on a never-before-seen scale. The spectacular new planeport will be capable of handling 28 million passengers per annum when fully operational and virtually doubles the size of Doha International Airport. The airport facility includes two of the longest runways in the world, a 2,100 sq.m public mosque, 28,000 sq.m retail gallery, two 100-key hotels, a health spa, a 3,431-car parking garage, and various support services.

 




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