Saudi tycoon will build the largest skyscraper ever
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of the Saudi Royal Family unveiled last Tuesday plans to construct the world’s tallest building.
Kingdom Tower will be built in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. The design was made by American architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill. It has been revealed Bin Laden Group will own around 16% of the project.
If completed according to design and plans, Kingdom Tower would replace Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower as the tallest structure in the world. Let us remember that Burj Khalifa has a height of 828 metres and was officially opened on January 4th, 2010.
How big are we talking about?
Well, the final height of the tower has not been revealed, but it is know it will be over one kilometre (1,000 m) tall.
It is not 1,000 metres. It is more, could be more by many metres… The figure is secret, only a small number of people know. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
With a total construction area of 530,000 square metres, Kingdom Tower will be the centrepiece and first construction phase of the Kingdom City development on a 5.3 million-square-metre site in north Jeddah. Kingdom Tower will include a hotel, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and offices.
About the design
With its slender, subtly asymmetrical massing, the tower evokes a bundle of leaves shooting up from the ground—a burst of new life that heralds more growth all around it (…) The way the fronds sprout upward from the ground as a single form, then start separating from each other at the top, is an analogy of new growth fused with technology. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill.
August 3rd, 2011.
Sources: www.emirates247.com and Reuters.