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Architect Adrian Smith, who directed the building of the current world's tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is with a new firm, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and has a new project - build the world's tallest building. The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea, is expected to reach a height of over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) - 173 meters (568 feet) taller than Burj Khalifa - when it is completed in late 2016. The announcement was made by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, nephew of Saudia Arabian King Abdullah and the chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company, who said the construction will begin soon.
The building is expected to cost $1.2 billion and will contain a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory.
Credit: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Currently, the world's tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It officially opened in 2010 and reaches a height of 828 meters or 2,717 feet. The architect was Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, with Adrian Smith as chief architect.