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Kingdom Tower to be the world's tallest building

April 25, 2014 13:32 IST

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Saudi Arabia will soon boast of the world’s tallest tower.

At a height of over 1,000 meters and a total construction area of 5.7 million square feet, KingdomTower will be the centerpiece of the KingdomCity development on a 5.3 million square meter site in north Jeddah.

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Images, courtesy: Jeddah Economic Company/Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture




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Designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, the Kingdom Tower will cost $1.2 billion to build, while the cost of the entire KingdomCity project is estimated to be $20 billion.

The project is estimated to completed by 2019.

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Image: Aerial View of the project.


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The tower’s height will be at least 173 meters (568 feet) taller than the world’s current tallest building, Dubai’s 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, which was also designed by Adrian Smith.

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Image: Kingdom Tower.


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Kingdom Tower will feature Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, office space, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. 

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Image: A landmark in Jeddah.

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“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,” Adrian Smith said.

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The Kingdom Tower complex will contain 59 elevators, including 54 single-deck and five double-deck elevators, along with 12 escalators. Elevators serving the observatory will travel at a rate of 10 meters per second in both directions. 

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Image: View from the top.

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The Kingdom Tower complex will contain 59 elevators, including 54 single-deck and five double-deck elevators, along with 12 escalators.

Elevators serving the observatory will travel at a rate of 10 meters per second in both directions. 

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Photographs: Kingdom Tower
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The project will feature a high-performance exterior wall system that will minimise energy consumption.

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Each of Kingdom Tower’s three sides will provide outdoor terraces with stunning views of Jeddah and the Red Sea. 

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Another unique feature of the design is a sky terrace, roughly 30 meters (98 feet) in diameter, at level 157.

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The 23-hectare Kingdom Tower Waterfront District, which surrounds the tower and which will include residential and commercial buildings, a shopping mall, high-quality outdoor spaces and other amenities.


Image: Gordon Gill (left) and Adrian Smith, design architects of Kingdom Tower.

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