Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

Summary: The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is expected to reach more than 1,000 meters into the sky and tower over the current world's tallest building.

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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.

    Credit: fotopedia.com

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  • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

    Security against terririst attacks?
    GovRel
    • ouff

      @GovRel

      we are talking architecture!!!! Get off your 2001 attacks!!!!
      Jonathan Bouchard
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        ParsonsJon
      • Never Forget!

        @Jonathan Bouchard
        bykeaholic@...
    • there's more of your gas dollars at work people.

      @GovRel
      mikalucho@...
    • terrorism risk management

      @GovRel
      I daresay if it has a separate mosque for Shi'a and Sunni's, this building is pretty much immune to middle-eastern terrorists. ;-)
      krzyst0ff
    • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

      @GovRel
      I don't think the terrorists have to worry about the terrorists do they?
      BaconSmoothie4-2
      • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

        @krylosxo I don't think the terrorists care who they kill. I think they just enjoy killing
        denvercamera@...
    • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

      @GovRel <br>They are the terrorists. They won't attack themselves. I worked there for more than a year. Often visited Jeddah from Al Hada over weekends. The hospital where I worked was a military hospital. They had a military guard at every door, but he was just there, that's all. I used to think I could have a name plate on my white coat reading: "Agent Hymie Obinowitz. Mossad. Licensed to kill", and they would let me by without a second glance. I distinctly remember a fire escape door locked with a chain. When I asked them why they said it was for security reasons. Had a fire happened and someone burned to death the coffee Filipino would most likely have been blamed. Or maybe one of the expat sweepers,
      itadmin@...
  • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

    Did they ever see the movie "The Towering Inferno"?
    What happens if they get a fire anywhere past the 10th floor ?
    donruppel@...
    • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

      @donruppel@... Same as with any much taller building. Consdering fire laws in place, that is.
      tom@...
    • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

      @donruppel@... They planned for every eventuality. Nothing can go wrong...go wrong...go wrong...go wrong.
      denvercamera@...
    • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

      @donruppel@...
      I doubt they know about this 'mid 70 flick; no doubt they (read Saudis) will have world best fire fighting sytem installed; question will be how are these people going to escape when there is fire in the middle of the tower? fly out? or they going to build the tallest ladder in the world!
      laman_my@...
  • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

    I think it's all just a phallic complex.
    thadanders
    • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

      @thadanders I think you're right. I wonder when the US will get into the "Mine is bigger than yours is" race?
      Digital_Trucker
      • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

        We don't have the money. We're sending it all over to them. That's why they're able to build all these ridiculously tall buildings. This is their bling. US dollars at work.
        Rodgman
      • :-)

        @Digital_Trucker

        please lets not! North America's skyscrapers landscapes are truly unique... Different from Europe, Chicago, NYC, Toronto or Montreal...). We're not about "the longest/tallest is sweet & sexy" :-)

        We are about urban integration architecturally-speaking.

        At least i believe so
        Jonathan Bouchard
      • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

        @Digital_Trucker
        We are spending our $1.2 Billion on the latest "Vinson" class aircraft carrier. About $10 Bil for the battle group. Yeah, ours is bigger than theirs....
        rhjack
  • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

    I am unabashedly in love with tall structures, and I am not very religious, but can you say BABEL!?!?
    P.S.: Too bad that Frank Lloyd Wright never built his mile-high tower envisionment, dubbed "The Illinois" (Circa 1956)
    wconto
    • RE: Plans for new world's tallest building revealed (images)

      @wconto It's kinda funny, but this building looks a lot like Lloyd's vision.
      chefsteve42