The architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill announced today from its headquarters in Chicago (United States) that is designing what will be the tallest building in the world to be built in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia near the Red Sea.
The building will be over 1,000 meters and the total construction area will be 530,000 square meters. It will be called Kingdom Tower and will be the centerpiece and first phase of the project, called Kingdom City to be built in an area of 5,300. 000 square meters in the north of Jeddah.
The height of the tower will be at least 173 meters higher than the tallest building in the world today, the 828-meter-tall Burj Dubai, which was designed by Adrian Smith.
The Kingdom Tower will have a Four Seasons hotel and apartments, office space, luxury housing and the highest observatory in the world. The development of the design of the tower, according to a note issued by the team of architects, is underway and its construction is expected to begin imminently.
The project was announced today by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, nephew of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The great height of the Kingdom Tower will require one of the most sophisticated lift systems in the world. The complex will have 59 elevators, with 12 escalators.
The elevators will travel at a speed of 10 meters per second in both directions. Another unique design feature is a terrace called Cielo of about 30 feet in diameter at floor 157 as a place of outdoor recreation for the use of the attic floor.
Source: El País