Aspire Tower completed on 15 November 2007
The Aspire Tower is the emblem of the Asian Games 2006 in Doha, Qatar. The tower, designed by architect and engineer Hadi Simaan of Ove Arup & Partners, rises 318 meters above sea level, and stands directly next to the sports facilities. At the top of the tower a flame of 8-10 meters in height burned during the Asian Games, which was later replaced by a laser projector.
The shape of the tower resembles a stylized torch. The design employs a core of concrete serving as the main support and as the only means of load transfer to the foundation. The rest of the building is a revolved steel structure that protrudes from the core.
The base of the Aspire Tower has a diameter of approximately 70 meters. In the center, the diameter is close to about 27 m. The maximum diameter at the top is 45 m. The exterior of the tower was built over a period of 15 months.
Belgian steel fabricator Smulders delivered and assembled the facade structure for the 300-meter-tall skyscraper. BESIX was the general contractor and Bureau Greisch designed the tower façade. The whole facade is made up of stainless steel mesh panels. The facade geometry is obtained by a steel structure, radial tubes and circumferential truss beams. The stainless-steel mesh panels are tensioned on individual steel frames. The frames are then hung from the truss beams.
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