Monday, September 05, 2011
Just recently announced, the Kingdom Tower will be the world's tallest building when completed in the year 2016. This building will be the central piece of the $20 billion Kingdom City development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, beside the Red Sea, the likes of which has every major name in architecture involved.
Kingdom Tower is designed by Adrian Smith, of Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, who is coincidentally the lead architect behind today's tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which Smith designed while still employed with Skidmore Owings & Merrill.
Some facts about Kingdom Tower: $1.2 billion in anticipated expenses; 3,280 feet tall with a total construction area of 5.7 million square feet; and a multi-use program consisting of a luxury hotel, office space, services apartments, luxury condominiums and the world's highest observatory.