The Spirit Tower
Makkah is a city in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia that is also the capital of the Makkah Region. Its resident population in 2012 was roughly 2 million, although visitors are more than triple this number every year during the pilgrimage period.
Vision and Design approach (concept)
Mecca is noticed as the holiest city in the religion of Islam, and a pilgrimage to it, known as the Hajj is requisite for all able Muslims. Mecca is home to the Kaaba, by a bulk depiction it is Islam’s holiest site. In its modernized period, Mecca has seen astounding enlargement in size and infrastructure, home to structures such as the Abraj Al Bait, also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, the world’s fourth towering building and the building with the third largest amount of floor area. During this inflation, Mecca has lost some historical complex and archaeological sites, such as the Ajyad Fortress. Recently, more than 15 million Muslims visit Mecca annually, counting several million during the few days of the Hajj. Consequently, Mecca has become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Muslim world.
Architectural themes, moods and inspirations
The new mekkah tower will encompass bazaars, lounges, restaurants, health care spa, standards, executive, luxury hotel rooms, corridors, roof swimming pool, all of these buildings will be upon an Islamic pattern consisting of Islamic decoration, which tends to avoid using fanciful images, makes frequent use of geometric patterns which have developed over the centuries. The geometric designs in Islamic art are often built on combinations of repeated squares and circles, which may be overlapped and interweaved, as can arabesques .These may constitute the entire decoration, may form a framework for floral or calligraphic ornamentation, or may withdraw into the background around other concepts. Islamic pattern generation mainly using the basic models of a hexagon, with depth to conceive a façade that will be used for viable reasons like avoiding direct sunlight to the hotel with specific intensity as the pattern’s hotel change in scale and grow according, likewise towards the sunlight and the building’s height around the hotel that will definitely have a role of shading it out.
The first underneath floor will be containing an entrance lobby, reception, administration, entertainment, and commercials. The following consists of restaurants, salons, banqueting rooms and a business center. The successive floor enclose a standard single, rooms, executive single and double rooms with services. The ensuing floor, the accommodation deck, consisting of luxury single, double rooms, and services also apartments and penthouses for the accommodation areas. Moving on with the entertainment floors appealing to all needs, which accommodate roof swimming pools, lounges, salons, restaurants and café., further more with the façade which is designed through Islamic skins and curtain walls.
Functionality and analysis
A tower mainly designed for providing services, of hospitality, comfort and convenience subsisting of airline and tour desk, automated teller (ATM), baggage storage, Barber shop, car rental desk, clothing store, concierge desk, electric service, elevators, foreign currency exchange, gift shops, bazaars, local area transportation, reading tea lounge, restaurants, entertainment zones, luggage hold multi-lingual staff, room service, safety deposit box, snack shops, on site convenience store, and roof swimming pools .
Moving on with designing for business convenience as well, which consists of having a business center, phone services, executive lounge, express mail, meeting rooms photo copying services, printer, fax, reception (reception office and cashier office) moreover administration which includes information rooms, cloakroom, secretarial office, managers office, accounts and financial office.
Additionally this tower is designed also for family’s comfort and convenience incorporating with single, double rooms, executive rooms and luxury rooms as well, penthouses, children needs and family packaged offerings.
More services for accessibly needs like accessible, braille elevators with audible alerts in it, parking, automatic opening of bedroom door from inside, evacuation chair available to help evacuate disabled , persons wheel chairs too, strobe alarms public areas also and facilities accessible for physically changed.
The designed tower total hotel area is 30,538m2, the total retail area 1805m2, the total entertainment area is 9261.5m2, total administration and business center area is 3016.5m2, total parking area is 14,823m2, total footprint area is 2964,6m2, the building total built area is 44,621m2, the overall total built area is 59,444m2.