Kuwait's City of Silk 1km tower still on - architect

Eric Kuhne says project still going ahead despite delays caused by downturn, elections.
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 21 Jun 2010 06:43 AM

The architect behind plans for a 1km tall tower in Kuwait has said he believes the project is still going ahead, despite a slowdown in work related to the project.

Eric Kuhne said that although the $94bn City of Silk development has been delayed by the financial crisis and elections in Kuwait, he had received no indication that the project was cancelled.

“As far as we’re concerned everything is going ahead," Kuhne said in comments published by Construction Week Online.

"It has slowed down obviously because of the change of parliaments that has gone on, but we’re working as if everything is OK. We haven’t received any instructions to stop or anything like that."

The 1,001 metre high tower is planned as part of a 250 sq km development on the Kuwaiti coast, which will include a new airport, a business district and thousands of new housing, office and commercial units.

The project was approved by the Kuwait government in July 2008, but although construction had begun before the financial crisis, little work has been carried out since, the report said.

Kuhne said that his firm, Civic Arts, was at present involved in discussions about planning and design.

“We’re still exploring design ideas on it, but mostly we’re just working with the planning process and the political process. It’s fair to say that the economy has slowed things down but it hasn’t stopped anything, we’re still pursuing this like everything is ongoing," he said.

If the development goes ahead it could house up to 700,000 people and create around 450,000 new jobs. The complex is planned to be built across Kuwait Bay and will be linked to Kuwait City by a 23.5-kilometre long bridge.

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