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Insane Mile High ‘Kingdom Tower’ Given Green Light by Saudi Arabia

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 7, 2011 @ 7:11 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase | 2 Comments

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We’re all in favor of urban density, but why do we need a skyscraper [1] that’s a mile high? Saudi Arabia-based Kingdom Holding Company, headed by Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, has given the green light to build a 1 mile high tower in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. Designed by Adrian Smith of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture [2], the “Kingdom Tower” will be twice as tall as the Burj Khalifa [3], include 12 million cubic feet of space and it will take 12 minutes for a regular elevator to reach the top! We’re flabbergasted.

Via Architizer [4] Via SingularityHub [5] and Gulfnews [6]

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URLs in this post:

[1] skyscraper: http://inhabitat.com/nakheel-tower-by-woods-bagot-will-be-worlds-tallest-tower/

[2] Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture: http://inhabitat.com/asgg-hatch-massive-plan-to-decarbonize-chicago/

[3] Burj Khalifa: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/04/burj-dubai-opens/

[4] Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/18346/denial-by-architecture-saudis-ok-mile-high-tower/

[5] SingularityHub: http://singularityhub.com/2011/03/29/jeddah%E2%80%99s-kingdom-tower-world%E2%80%99s-tallest-building-given-the-go-ahead/

[6] Gulfnews: http://gulfnews.com/business/property/gulf/tallest-tower-plan-in-jeddah-on-track-1.700123

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