The Beacon is the focal point of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The tower takes an organic form inspired by nature resembling coral forms at the base and rising to a more regular structure in the spire 60m above the ground.
Height: 60 m | Foorprint: : ~ 500 m²
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Detailed Structural Design
Key technical challenges
The tower is divided into three sections, tapering from a base of approximately 30m x 25m to 3.0m x 2.5m at the top. It comprises of 187 individually cast hexagonal blocks, weighing up to 18 tonnes each. The individual internal hexagons were pre-cast off-site then lifted into place on site using a variety of cranes including one of the largest in the world, a 550 tonne mobile crane.