Report: Saudi mega-tower designed by Chicago architects moving ahead
Gulfnews.com is reporting that Chicago architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill are designing a mile-high skyscraper and that the Saudi Arabia-based Kingdom Holding Company plans to go ahead with the mixed-use project, which is to house shops, conference halls, a hotel, offices and apartments. The tower would be located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Kingdom Tower will make the Burj Khalifa look short, reach one mile up
How high does a tower need to reach before it's considered too high? If you think relaxing up on top of the Burj Khalifa's At.mosphere won't give you vertigo, try Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower — a structure that will extend one mile upwards — almost twice the height of Dubai's tallest. Those Middle Eastern princes just can't get enough of those insanely tall skyscrapers. Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, head of Kingdom Holding Company recently gave his approval for construction of what will be billed as the world's tallest man-made structure — the Kingdom Tower. Designed by Adrian Smith, the Kingdom Tower will be built in Saudi Arabia's city of Jeddah. The tower will stretch one mile up into heavens and include 12 million cubic feet of space, several stories of office space, several stories for a hotel and four tiers of residential space, with the upper most tier reserved for "alternative energy generation" solutions (perhaps including a pendulum to keep the entire tower from collapsing).
The Kingdom Tower project is so large that it'll cost $30 billion to construct. To get to the top from the ground floor, an elevator ride would take an estimated 12 minutes to ascend. That's quite a journey for a view that is sure to be mostly sand and clouds. As if it wasn't already hard enough to keep the glass on the Burj Khalifa squeaky clean, think how much more difficult it'll be to clean the dirt off windows twice as high up.
That's f'n crazy!
Last edited by little bear; 04-14-2011 at 05:56 AM.
Nakheel Tower was a proposed skyscraper in Dubai. The project was previously called Al Burj.
In January 2009, it was announced that the project was put on hold due to financial problems.As a result of the Dubai World 2009 debt standstill, Nakheel Group's financial problems increased considerably and the tower was consequently cancelled in December 2009.
A report on 20 June 2008 claimed that the tower was planned to be 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) tall.
The Dubai City Tower, also known as the Dubai Vertical City, is a proposed supertallskyscraper design announced on 25 August 2008. The supertall, created by an architect to display possibly future technologies, is the third tallest building ever fully envisioned after the X-Seed 4000 (4000m) and the Ultima Tower (3217m). If ever constructed, the Dubai City Tower will be much taller than any other current man-made structure, at almost three times the height of the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai City Tower would be almost seven times taller than the Empire State Building. The design has 400 floors with a 200 km/h (125 mph) vertical bullet train acting as the main elevator. The design is inspired by the Eiffel Tower to better deal with the massive wind forces pushing on it. It has a central core with 6 outer buildings that are connected to the central core every 100 floors. This design both stabilizes the structure and spreads out its mass. The Dubai City Tower is estimated to consume 37,000 MWh of electricity per year, with a 15 MW peak usage. The power will be mostly supplied by solar, thermal, and wind sources.
That's got to be the biggest building I have ever seen.....seems like their just collecting stuff just because they can....like some people collect stamps obviously someone collects buildings. I wonder how many of the floors will remain empty...