Rising above one of Kuwait City’s still undiscovered areas, this collaboration between architect and landscape architect consists of a tower that floats atop a series of overlapping terraces, in gentle contrast with the flat and constantly changing fields of sand that surrounds it, creating a lush world of water and greenery that fuses to generate a sense of well-being.
Through the landscaping, an oasis was created, with terraces, mounds, cascades, pools, and diverse vegetation coming together in symphonic harmony, giving rise to an impressive tower. Every element is intricately weaved to create a natural bedding for the tower above.
The experience becomes surreal as a clear contrast is created with the native scenery. The local morphs into a dreamlike mirage bringing beauty within proximity, and extremes clash to further highlight an awe-inspiring tower that rises from nothing, hovering on top of layered terraces alive with water and greenery. Refreshing and distinctive, the designed space creates mystery and excitement, as it transports wanderers into a new world, away from the arid sands into a vibrant and lively haven, a modern day Babylon.Location: City of Kuwait, Kuwait Architect: Frederic Francis Project name: Modern Day Babylon Completion date: 2008 – Present Landscape architect: Frederic Francis Area: (20,000m²)