Saudi Ara­bia to build kilo­me­ter-high tower

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Con­struc­tion is sched­uled to be­gin this week. Im­ages from Adrian Smith + Gor­don Gill Ar­chi­tec­tureA sky­scraper about to go un­der con­struc­tion in Saudi Ara­bia will need 80,000 tons of steel and will stand at least one kilo­me­ter high upon its com­ple­tion, a news re­port said Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Saudi Gazette, the King­dom Tower in Jeddah is de­signed to be over 1,000 me­ters (3,280 feet) tall—zoom­ing past the cur­rent tallest build­ing in the world, the 830-me­ter Burj Khal­ifa in Dubai.

King­dom Tower will have a to­tal con­struc­tion area of 530,000 square me­ters (5.7 mil­lion square feet) and is ex­pected to cost $1.23 bil­lion. Ac­cord­ing to Adrian Smith + Gor­don Gill Ar­chi­tec­ture (AS+GG), the firm com­mis­sioned to de­sign the tower, it will be the cen­ter­piece of the King­dom City de­vel­op­ment in Jeddah.

In its project de­scrip­tion, AS+GG said that the three-sided King­dom Tower will be slen­der, ta­per­ing and slightly asym­met­ri­cal, “evok[ing] a bun­dle of leaves shoot­ing up from the ground” as it “her­alds more growth around it.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Saudi Gazette re­port, the mixed-use de­vel­op­ment will have 200 lev­els, in­clud­ing 160 res­i­den­tial floors. The tower will also house a lux­ury ho­tel, of­fices and the world’s high­est ob­ser­va­tory, said AS+GG. On Level 157, there will be a 30-me­ter-wide “sky ter­race” that will be an “out­door amenity space in­tended for use by the pent­house floor.”

The tower will be ser­viced by 59 el­e­va­tors, in­clud­ing five dou­bledeck lifts. The el­e­va­tors serv­ing the ob­ser­va­tory will travel in both di­rec­tions at a speed of 10 me­ters per sec­ond.

Each of the tower’s three sides will also have “notches” that will cre­ate shad­ows to shield parts of the build­ing from the sun, al­low­ing out­door ter­races to en­joy a view of the Red Sea and the city be­low.

King­dom Tower will have a sky ter­race on the 157th floor and “notches” on all three sides to pro­vide shadow. AS+GGKing­dom Tower will be con­structed by the Saudi Bin­ladin Group (SBG). Ac­cord­ing to the Huff­in­g­ton Post, con­struc­tion is set to be­gin this week. — BM, GMA News

“The tower will be ser­viced by 59 el­e­va­tors, in­clud­ing five dou­bledeck lifts. The el­e­va­tors serv­ing the ob­ser­va­tory will travel in both di­rec­tions at a speed of 10 me­ters per sec­ond.

An artist’s ren­der­ing of the kilo­me­ter-high King­dom Tower in Jeddah

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