Many say that Tom Wright is a man of one project. But it is not just any project that marks the career of the English architect, it is the greatest icon of contemporary architecture: the Burj Al Arab.
It was during the more than 20 years at the WS Atkins PLC office that Wright made history and gained world renown. In 2013, he left the company to found WKK, an office focused on the best in architecture, design, and planning.
With a post-modern look, Tom Wright’s designs are contemporary, futuristic, and use glass, steel, and technology. Geometric lines mark almost all of his creations, which always seek to adapt to the local landscape and culture and bring innovative concepts.
As much as he does not collect numerous projects in his career, those that are part of the architect’s portfolio are quite remarkable. With that in mind, we got together the main – and impressive – projects by Tom Wright. Check them out:
Burj Al Arab
Designed between 1993 and 1999 with the participation of Tom Wright, Burj Al Arab is considered the largest hotel in the world. 321 meters high, the building follows the shape of a sailboat and was built on top of an artificial island.
In addition to being a true architectural masterpiece, Dubai’s extremely luxurious hotel is considered the only 7-star hotel in the world. As much as it draws attention for its beauty, Burj Al Arab needed to have its shape so known and admired to sustain the storms of sand and intense winds.
Jumeirah Beach Resort
The five-star hotel is considered a visual complement to the Burj Al Arab, as it has a wave shape. Opened in 1997, the structure contains 598 suites and 19 villas.
As if the impressive architecture wasn’t enough, the Jumeirah Beach Resort offers an exclusive beach extension for guests and unlimited access to the Wild Wadi water park.
Bahrain World Trade Center
Apparently, Tom Wright is a fan of candles. After all, the towers of the Bahrain World Trade Center also have the shape. The project located in the capital of Bahrain was inspired by the traditional Arabian commercial ships. In addition to the impressive look and commitment to sustainability and the use of renewable energy, the towers still rise 240 meters above the ground and help channel the winds to generate wind energy. A real landmark for architecture and engineering!