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Syria Towers – massive new development in Baramkeh

August 26th, 2009 · 12 Comments · Culture

One of Syria’s biggest building projects has just been unveiled: Syria Towers.20090826-175745_hThe $300 million complex will house a five-star hotel, offices, apartments, a shopping centre, restaurants, cinemas plus parking space.

It will sit on the empty plot of land at Baramkeh – where the international bus and taxi station used to be, before it outgrew the space, and moved to Somariah, just outside Mezzeh.

The development will prove to be controversial, if it ends up looking anything like the photo above. The Four Seasons, nearby, is an architectural eyesore, and is one of the city’s tallest buildings.

Damascus is not known for its high rise properties. Combined with tough building laws, and lack of space, this means the city has some of the most expensive office space in the world. In recent years, massive new projects have been focussed on the city’s suburbs – like the much delayed Eighth Gate, in Yaafour.

Syria Holdings is putting Syria Towers out to tender. A French company is finalising the design (the photo above is a rough estimate). The building contractor is also likely to be an international firm, although the company has not yet been selected.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Omniya // Aug 26, 2009 at 11.54 pm

    massive new develpoment?
    i think it’s a massive new deformation to the city.

  • 2 abu kareem // Aug 27, 2009 at 2.52 pm

    Sasa,

    Looks like Dubai on the Barada. Modernization is fine and needed but this architectural design is out of place in Damascus.

  • 3 Majd // Aug 29, 2009 at 2.58 am

    Finally some interesting architecture in Damascus! The city really needs some diversity in design.

  • 4 norman // Aug 31, 2009 at 1.01 am

    i think they will be good for Syria , Syria should have a special area of the city that is hostoric while modernizing the rest .

  • 5 xena // Aug 31, 2009 at 12.04 pm

    what an eye sore in baramkeh!

  • 6 Habibatee Syria // Sep 2, 2009 at 6.38 pm

    Damascus is known for its historic architecture and design. Putting in modern designs and high-rises will tarnish its historical architecture, for which it is known for. Syria is a masterpiece, and should not be changed.

  • 7 Majd // Sep 2, 2009 at 6.49 pm

    Damascus has been a capital city for more than 6000 years, renewal is a fundamental part of Damascus’ identity. This development will continue the tradition of renewal of the city – it’s a step forward, not backwards.

    Plus, what is there to see in Baramkeh? it’s probably the architecturally ugliest part of Damascus (after the Yarmook and the Hajar, of course…)

  • 8 pamela // Sep 3, 2009 at 4.30 pm

    I passed the site in question yesterday , all the old bus station buildings have been torn down …finally !People have been using it as an unofficial car park since it was closed down .Its been an eyesore for years , there is always a traffic jam around the site and as the site is in the middle of Damascus it should be developed , I hope the authorities sort out the traffic problem first and then give the area a beautiful design , it will improve all the area. I heard that the site had been given back to the original owner by the local authoruty and thats why the bus station was relocated miles away , anyone heard the same?

  • 9 Ahmad Rifai // Mar 15, 2010 at 3.20 pm

    The buildings themselves are nice and will be a new attraction for the people in the city, but when you have a bunch of ugly old houses, you don’t just build sky scrapers next to them. They might as well have built the Damasquino in Bab Tuma..

  • 10 Manal // Mar 5, 2011 at 10.22 am

    Hey everyone!!!

    We need guys to start somewhere !!

  • 11 yassir // Apr 3, 2011 at 3.23 pm

    it is very good project

  • 12 some1 // Dec 16, 2011 at 12.39 pm

    i can just say 1 thing Damascus is horrible i live there

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