Kingdom Tower Will Become World’s Tallest Building at 1KM High
Posted on: 02/12/2015

Saudi Arabia are set to construct the Jeddah Tower, or Kingdom Tower, which will become the world’s tallest building. The title is currently held by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 2,716 feet (830 metres). The Kingdom Tower will rise at least 3,280 feet (999 metres) when it is completed in 2018, making it the world’s first building to reach a full kilometre into the air.

Architects Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill have designed the Tower to incorporate many design elements as seen in the Burj Khalifa, including a moat and a surrounding cluster of towers. However, as the Tower overlooks the Red Sea, this has caused engineers to modify many of the structure’s core elements in order to compensate for high wind levels. As a result, the tower has deep, 200-foot foundations and an angular, wind-shielding shape.

With 26 floors already constructed, the Saudi government has confirmed that £1.2bn (roughly £800m) will be funded towards the completion of the tower as well as the Jeddah City redevelopment. With 200 floors, the Kingdom Tower will have apartments, offices, and a Four Seasons hotel. The lower floors will hold the offices and hotel, whilst the residential units will occupy over 100 floors. The Sky Terrace, on Floor 157, will be the highest observatory in the world at 610m high.

Upon completion, the Kingdom Tower will be twice as tall as the Empire State Building.

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