By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Architecture
Kingdom Tower, a more than 3,280-foot structure will eclipse Dubai's Burj Khalifa as the world's tallest building.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has just announced plans to build the Kingdom Tower, a more than 3,280-foot structure that will eclipse Dubai's Burj Khalifa as the world's tallest building.
With an investment of 1.23 billion dollars and stretching two-thirds of a mile high, the skyscraper will serve as the flagship of a $20 billion development project known as Kingdom City. By the time it's completed in 2013, the tower will feature a Four Seasons hotel, apartments, Class A office space, luxury condominiums and the world's highest observatory. The designers, Chicago-based architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, says development is already underway at a site just outside Jeddah, a city located near the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia.
For the sake of comparison, Burj Khalifa, the current record-holder, is shorter by nearly 600 feet. And it's already more than twice the height of America's tallest structure, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago, which stands at 1,451 feet.
Beyond the tower's impressive size is a design that features a host of smart technological advancements. For instance, the building's tapered wings allow for an aerodynamic shape that reduce structural loading due to wind vortex shedding. And a high-performance exterior wall system minimizes energy consumption by reducing thermal loads.
Here are a few other notable innovations:
- A three-petal footprint that is ideal for residential units.
- Each of Kingdom Tower's three sides features a series of notches that create pockets of shade to shield areas of the building from the sun while providing outdoor terraces with stunning views of Jeddah and the Red Sea.
- A sleek, streamlined design that was inspired by the "folded fronds of young desert plant growth
- 59 elevators, 12 escalators and a 98-foot sky terrace at level 157 that's available for penthouse occupants
Image: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
(via Press release)
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Aug 2, 2011
Our hard-earned dollars go to build the tallest towers in the world and to fight wars that keep the money flowing in.
The Hour will not be established-till the people compete with one another in constructing high buildings.(Bukhari) ------ Among the signs of the Hour mentioned in the hadith Sahih al-Bukhari is: ???When the destitute (al-buhm) camelherders compete in building tall structures.??? - In the hadith Sahih Muslim: ???You shall see the barefoot, naked, indigent (al-`??la) shepherds compete in building tall structures.???
I doubt very much the numbers justify the design of this building. To grossly over simplify, land has to be so costly that it's more economical to build 157 floors up than to have a building twice the footprint & 79 floors tall, 3X & 53 floors, etc. Kingdom City is going up near the Red Sea, not on an island in it. At some point, people & companies decide they don't need to be in the tallest building in the world when they can save a lot on rent & be in another building just as nice nearby.
"the world???s highest observatory" Really? Maybe the highest OBSERVATION DECK (not OBSERVATORY)? Does anyone proofread this stuff?