As it is located in Iraq, the project was highly confidential for security reasons, until recently. The Basra Province in south Iraq has remained very quiet and removed from political and religious tensions. Having the bulk of Iraq’s oil reserves, it is becoming one of the fastest growing business centres in the world (and most precious per square meter). Basra is also the main port of Iraq and home of the Mesopotamian marshes. There is huge environmental and historical value on this land that is believed to be the exact location of the Garden of Eden.
The new downtown master plan was commissioned by The Basra Governorate with an aim of maximizing the cities capacity by 2025. Avoiding urban sprawl is top priority to protect the precious environment and therefore the need to go vertical. The new downtown area would feature a one of a kind landmark to match its importance. The Bride.
THE BRIDE – Relegating Super tall towers as a thing of the past
The city of Basra and its surrounding lands have been historically fertile and capable of producing abundant vegetation and agricultural crops. This reputation earned it the name ‘the bride of the gulf’ by local people. This common metaphorical expression envisages the land and its biosphere as the giver and sustainer of life. The Bride project refers to this saying and aims to convey the idea at many levels.
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