According to its architect, this project 'signifies a harmonious blend of traditional and modern architectural languages . . . going beyond the simple imitation of the past to innovative interpretation, reflection and expression.' The 21-storey tower provides 16'893 square metres of rentable space and parking for 154 cars. Its structure is a combination of reinforced concrete and lightweight steel, clad with treated pre-cast concrete elements and structural glazing. The plinth incorporates imported Jordanian stone, while the walls of the internal lobbies are covered in cherry wood veneer.
Al Zamil Tower Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.