Get ready in late 2019 to welcome the world tallest skyscraper in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Although it’s facing a lot of financial problems, the tower is rising every day more and more. So here’s few things you should know about the soon-to-be tallest building in the world before it enters our modern days architecture history icons.
The tower is under construction and its name is in a constant change! Previously known as the “Kingdom tower”, then the “Mile-High Tower” its now officially named as “Jeddah tower”
(Hopefully the name wont change again before the completion of the tower)
The Tower will contain enough steel for eight Eiffel Towers and enough concrete for six Hoover Dams
(well it is costing around $1.23 billion)
The chief development officer of Jeddah Economic Company said that the final height of the building as well as the size of the spire at the top are not revealed even to the project partners and the exact height will be unveiled six month before the final stages of the construction. The top of the tower will be extremely hot during the day and freezing at night.
Following up with the previous fact, the design created by architect Adrian Smith,who also designed Burj Khalifa, was originally proposed as a 1.6 km height tower (yes you are reading right… about one mile) but the geology of the area was not suitable for a tower that height so it shrunked and is now over 1 Kilometre.
It will have 252 floors and, unlike Burj Khalifa, will mainly be a solid concrete building; meaning floors “from tip to toe” can be occupied. It will be house to a Four Seasons hotel, Four seasons apartments, Class A office space, luxury condos and the highest observatory spot.
The tower will have 59 elevators as well as 12 escalators, but no elevator will go from the bottom to the highest occupied floor.
Dubai is not staying quiet about that; the country, where currently the tallest building is located, is planning to build a taller one!
It’s like the Hunger games in an architecture version!