Monday, August 15, 2011

Saudi Arabia to build Tallest Building Ever

Kingdom Tower

Saudi Arabia, already home to the world's tallest building has just set course to build an even bigger behemoth; The Kingdom Tower. By 2016-ish the world will see the extreme magnitude of this tower which will stand at over 3,281 feet tall on the streets of Jeddah. The Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building peeks out at over 2,700 feet tall, this tower will eclipse that amount by a long run. The Kingdom Tower was designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gil, Smith also designed the Burj Khalifa and one can see why he would be tasked with this building as well.

The tower itself will have over 5.38  million square feet of interior space and with the biggest attraction begin an observation deck on the 157th floor. It's design has a unique futuristic look and feel to it and certainly size to go along with it. Its three-petal shape comes from the local desert flower of which also serves as a visual metaphor for "growth". Total cost is estimated at 1.23$ Billion, a fraction of the $20 billion being used for development by the Saudi Government for development in Jeddah. This tower will be the crown jewel of that part in the world and certainly be a hot spot for tourists and other major events. Stick around by 2016 and see one of the many buildings of the future.




(Sources: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill images and data, skyscrapercity forums, buildingwiki)

43 comments:

lunatic said...

great post mate thx for sharing

Antonio said...

very good design, i like this kingdom tower!!! :)

GHive said...

Always new and interesting posts in your blog, keep it up!

Mr Kawashima said...

They did it once, so why not again. Dubai is awesome!

NoseFire said...

Looks very futuristic! :D

Dragmire said...

Wow that's one tall structure. I, being afraid of heights, will make sure to stay far away from it!

The Sorrow said...

Long tower its long

Markis Markison said...

i didnt even know the tallest building was there already. this tower looks like something out of final fantasy

Jammer said...

they have money to burn.

Life is Great said...

well they sure have enough oil to sell huh

Chase said...

There is something so intriguing about stuff like this.

Natural One said...

This will be quite a feat

Reality said...

that's crazy, another country in particular used to have the architects working to make the tallest building. Now it seems like the upper class with monumental buildings is driving farther away from the working class that actually builds it!

Mr Jack House said...

Could never be her mild companion. Following!

living daily said...

What a great work of architecture.

forange said...

This will be awesome :O

TomSleeUK said...

Those Arabians sure do love erecting big towers! haha

Mobias said...

The things petro dollars can buy...

Murdernickel said...

This thing is amazing, It's astounding how rich they are

Sinclair said...

That building looks AWESOME!

MrZakPK said...

Looks bloody awesome! I was born in Jeddah :) Have to visit that once it's completed :D

MUFCfollowers said...

This is a great looking blog, keep up the good work!

Lady Lunacy said...

hahah that building looks sharp~

PvtCarlin said...

This looks badass!

TwistOfEvents said...

I learn something new everyday. Good post, thanks.

Inverse said...

Awesome design.

revilo251 said...

brilliant design! always great posts aswell :)

Ruben said...

i swear im gonna see it one day...as soon as i get out of the house

ason31 said...

Now that's a flippin' building.

DWei said...

I wonder if they'll successfully build and finish it. It'll be something to talk about either way.

ShadedGaming said...

Good to know this is what my $4.65 a gallon goes to!

Andy said...

I used to LOVE architecture, but this building looks very uninteresting.....

yobro11 said...

Damn that building looks cool.

Talerfuchs said...

That would be the new highest building of the world.

TwistOfEvents said...

I learn something new everyday, I plan to visit this sometime in the future.

Oscar said...

I saw a video about a guy recording from the top of the building, pretty scary stuff.

The Genius said...

That tower will look really pretty. It looks so futuristic.

Tod Woodward said...

Anyone else seen the video of the guy who climbed it (or one similar)?

DesoWave said...

Of course it has to be in Saudi Arabia. Dubai is a menace.

Hannah :) said...

wow, that looks amazing! i would definitely go and visit when they finish :D

Zach Crankfield (lacrosse) said...

Thats a cool looking image you've got there

Publius said...

Awesome achritecture, must be impressive to see in person.

Give Everything said...

i really like looking over your posts, you have really amazing stuff here!

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