Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower, world’s tallest building at one kilometer tall, finally will start construction.
Images © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Originally conceived back in 2000, the project has gone through multiple redesigns and delays. Now according to BD Online, the $1.2 billion project is officially back on.
From the architects:
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has designed the Kingdom Tower, now under way in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, just an hour from Mecca.
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is pleased to announce that it is designing Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea.
At over 1,000 meters and a total construction area of 530,000 square meters (5.7 million square feet), Kingdom Tower will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of the Kingdom City development on a 5.3 million-square-meter site in north Jeddah. 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 designed by Adrian Smith while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Kingdom Tower will feature a Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, Class A office space, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory.
Design development of the tower is under way, with construction to begin imminently. Foundation drawings are complete and the piling for the tower is currently being tendered. Kingdom Tower will cost approximately $1.2 billion to construct, while the cost of the entire Kingdom City project is anticipated to be $20 billion.