According to project handlers the 1km-high Kingdom Tower, “has challenged mankind to outdo himself”! It is also the view of Dr. Hisham Jonah, chief development officer of Jeddah Economic City, whether it is really possible to build even higher in the future. The skyscraper will have 252 floors overall, 167 of which will be occupied. It will also have the world’s highest observation deck. The actual tower will start at 20 meters above the ground floor with the largest floor being an 85,000-m2 parking lot that will house 2,200 cars. At 6,700-m2, the footprint of the structure will be divided into three different entrances for the hotel, residences and offices.
“You hear from Qatar, Azerbaijan and the Emirates that there are plans for towers that are 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6 km high. I wonder how they will reach that,” asked Jomah.
One of the largest problems, according to Jomah, was how to reach 167 floors in 1.6 minutes through the elevators.
Makkah, Saudi Arabia will soon be the home to the worlds largest hotel. Upon completion the Abraj Kudai will offer 10,000 rooms in 12 separate towers. The project will total almost 686,000 square feet and house 70 restaurants, a shopping mall, prayer halls, a convention center and multiple helipads. It will also be capped with a central dome that is expected to be one of the largest in the world. The price tag for this project is roughly 3.5 billion dollars.
The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC), rising out of the desert landscape of Riyadh, is a non-profit institution for independent research into policies that contribute to the most effective use of energy to provide social wellbeing across the globe. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the futuristic building opened its doors last October for Saudi Design Week 2017.