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​Christmas Skyscrapers

Karen Saprichyan is wishing everyone a merry Christmas, presenting a series of letter-shaped skyscrapers. The architect has long since been working on this theme, and has calendars of various years in stock. His latest development is a group of towers designed for the city of NEOM, which will be built in Saudi Arabia.

31 December 2021
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For years now, Karen Saprichyan has been exploring the topic of skyscrapers, whose image is based on various interpretations of capital letters connected in some way with the company name or geographic location. We already shared about his alternative project of the Russian Railways HQ and about the competition project of a Chelyabinsk tower. There is quite a large number of such experiments in the GrandProjectCity portfolio, and at some point the architect began to group them into calendars.

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Skyscraper calendars 2017-2022
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan


The main characters (yes, pun intended) of the latest series are a few versions of the towers designed for the governmental administration in NEOM, a new “smart” borderline city that is being designed on the shore of the Red Sea in the northeast of Saudi Arabia. All of the proposals are concepts and initiatives. The British partners of the project are currently planning to present it to the hereditary prince of Saudi Arabia.

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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
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The author of the architectural concept, Karen Saprichyan, proposes different options for large-scale forms, whose outlines in one way or another resemble the initials, first of all the N letter, as well as the imagery of the city, specifically the sun and the moon. The towers are devised as landmarks of this high-rise city, and are designed in a laconic modern style, combining glass and white color.
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
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NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan
NEOM tower: a variant, conceptual proposal
Copyright: © Karen Saprichyan


31 December 2021

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