Also known as Jeddah Tower, the soon-to-be tallest building in the world is almost ready to break Burj Khalifa’s record. The height is as yet unknown, but it has been promised that the skyscraper will be the tallest building in the world.
The Kingdom Tower has an estimated cost of 1.23 billion US dollars, the project will make quite a dent in the pocket of the Saudi Arabian government. It is the centrepiece of the development of Jeddah Economic City. It was going to be 1.6 kilometres high, but the height had to be scaled down as the geology of the surrounding area wasn’t conducive to such a magnificent height. Views on the construction of the tower are in the extremes. Some glorify the cultural significance it could behold, whilst others criticise spending on a plausibly loss-incurring project.
The building of the structure for the Kingdom Tower began on the 1st of April, 2013. The piling was completed by December of the same year, and construction above the ground began in September 2014. 42 floors have been built so far, and it is expected to be completed by 2020
The tower will have 59 elevators and 12 escalators. The design is meant to represent Saudi Arabia’s growth and future, depicted by the appearance of a desert plant growing upwards. Architect Adrian Smith, who also designed the Burj Khalifa, is the main brain behind the design. 80000 tonnes of steel are being used for the construction process.
- The tower will surpass Burj Khalifa by 173 metres, making it the world’s tallest building.
- The richest man in the Middle East, Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, is leading the project.
- The temperature at the top of the tower will be half of the temperature at the bottom.
- The structure will also be home to the world’s highest observatory.
- Rising to an eye-watering height, the entire view of the tower will not be visible to the naked eye, necessitating the use of birds-eye views and elevations.
- The narrow design is fashioned to withstand wind and gravity. It is aerodynamic and the taper to the top makes it less space-consuming on higher floors.
- Five of the elevators shall be double decker. They will not run at normal speeds as doing so will cause nausea. The average speed they will operate at is 35 KPH.
- The building is energy efficient; low-conductivity glass and a high-performance exterior wall system will minimise energy consumption.
- Patios along the three sides of the building offer breath-taking views of the Red Sea and Jeddah.
- There will also be a Sky Terrace that juts 98 feet out, and was actually intended as a helipad.
- The tower will not only provide residential and office space, but also hotels and restaurants, as well as other tourist attractions.
- Water may be a problem; it has to be pumped up to the 163 floor tower in different stages to prevent pressure build-up.
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