GCC winner: Social Project of the Year - Saudi Arabia

01 April 2013

Development of King AbdulAziz Endowment Project – Mecca

Entrant: Saudi Binladin Group
Project owner: The Higher Endowment Council for King Abdulaziz Endowment For The Two Holy Mosques/The Mecca al-Mukkarramah Endowment Project
BOT developer: Saudi Binladin Group
Project contractor: Saudi Binladin Group
Engineering consultant: Dar al-Handasah
Architect: Dar al-Handasah
Description: Within walking distance of the Masjid al-Haram Mosque stands the King Abdulaziz Endowment, housing the Abraj al-Bait Towers, a complex of luxury high-rise buildings, hotels and facilities.

It is one of the largest architectural landmarks in the world in terms of built-up floor area, and contains a large podium topped by six residential and hotel towers and a conference centre, the majority of which enjoy direct views of the Masjid al-Haram Mosque and some with a direct view of the Holy Kaaba.

Each tower has a distinct design theme that is an interpretation of the Arabic culture, using Islamic patterns and details.

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