Move over Dubai, there’s a new world’s tallest building rising on the Arabian Peninsula. Neighboring Saudi Arabia just secured funds for the $1.23 billion Jeddah Tower, a massive mixed-use skyscraper that will rise over a kilometer—a dizzying height that will dwarf the Burj Khalifa by 177 meters (580 feet) once complete. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture designed the record-breaking project, which is currently under construction and is projected for completion by 2020.
Developed by the Jeddah Economic Company as part of the Jeddah Economic City project, the sky-piercing tower will reach 1,007 meters in height (3,280 feet)—more than double the height of the Empire State Building—and comprise 200 floors. Formerly known as the Kingdom Tower, the Jeddah Tower will overlook the Red Sea and include a Four Seasons luxury hotel, offices, apartments, and the world’s tallest observation deck on the 157th floor.
Currently built up to the 26th floor, the projected world’s tallest building will require 80,000 tons of steel and 5.7 million square feet of concrete specially engineered to withstand the saltwater of the nearby ocean. The tapered tower, the form of which was inspired by the folded leaves of a desert plant, “changes shape every few floors” to mitigate high wind loads. An estimated 59 elevators will service the building; the observatory elevator will travel at a speed of 10 meters per second.
In a press release from Sunday, Saudi Prince and Board Chairman of the Alinma Jeddah Economic City Fund Alwaleed Bin Talal said: “Our cooperation with the banking sector is a manifestation of just how strongly we believe in this ambitious project, which is set to become the pride and joy of every Saudi, especially those who reside in Jeddah, and will become an iconic urban center that will take the city to the next level, both regionally and globally.”
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