Not long after we lauded the progress in their construction industry, Saudi Arabia has dashed our green expectations with the announcement that they will build a one-mile-high tower. To put that into perspective, the “Kingdom Tower” (hello Babylon) will be twice as tall as the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest tower.
Slated to be built in Jeddah along the Red Sea, the $30 billion tower designed by Adrian Smith from Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture will have 12 million cubic square feet of interior space and will be constructed by Emaar developers – the same consortium responsible for much of the United Arab Emirates development projects. It will take 12 full minutes to travel from the ground floor to the top of the tower in the building’s elevator. (That’s a lot of stairs when the electricity goes out!)
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