Who Says Burj Khalifa Must Remain The World’s Tallest. Wait ‘Till The Kingdom Tower Erected
One of the most progressive cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Jeddah, will become the home of the landmark of the world’s tallest building in the world. The Kingdom Tower, a whooping 1000 meters or 1 kilometer tall building is being constructed right now with a total budget of $1.23 billion and will complete its construction by the year 2017-2018.
Last January 4, 2010, Burj Khalifa situated in Dubai launched its opening ceremony to be the tallest structure of the world as of today. People thought that this tower cannot be outdone in the decades to come but unfortunately they were all wrong. Not until late last year did Prince Allwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia made the grand announcement of the planned tower, only two years after the Khalifa tower was done. Many were enthusiastic, but of course there are those skeptics too.
Kingdom Tower was designed by Adrian Smith of AS+GG Architecture. Architect Smith is knowledgeable in creating tall and powerful buildings. He was actually the one who also planned the Burj Khalifa of Dubai when he used to work with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill then. The tower consists of 161 livable floors, streamlined, elegant and classy with nature-inspired motif. It will take approximately 63 months to get this tower done.
The marvelous design will consist of a top occupied floor around 600 meters high and will definitely include a bold and distinct open-air sky terrace shaped like a cantilevered dish. The tower will need a very sophisticated elevator system, numbering around 59 which will include a 54 single deck and additional five double deck elevators.
Kingdom Tower development and construction is a new powerful achievement in Saudi Arabia. It is in Jeddah that economy and banking are a strong indicator of the country’s economic status. Today, this extreme engineering structure is another indicator of the Saudi Arabia’s reputation in terms of architectural endeavors of the Peninsula away from its neighboring countries.
The world cannot imagine how this tower will appear in the future and nobody will even dare to think of how to outdo a tower like this again. The elegance of this Kingdom Tower will surpass any other existing structures and technologies waiting yet to be explored.