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Kingdom Tower construction update

The world’s new tallest skyscraper is set to begin construction one month from today: April 27th. It was revealed today that the Smith+Gill-designed “Kingdom Tower” is moving forward with above-ground construction in Saudi Arabia.

Says ArchDaily: “Rising over 1000 meters (3,280 feet), the $1.2 billion skyscraper is expected to be the world’s tallest, surpassing the 828 meter tall Burj Khalifa upon completion in 2017.”

Some of the Kingdom Tower’s cool features include acting as the centerpiece of a $20 billion dollar development city in Saudi Arabia called “Kingdom City”. That’s right, this is going to be the center of a city coming up from scratch. Can’t get no bigger than this as your focal point.

Plus, the Kingdom Tower will be a mixed-use (it better be, at that height) structure fusing living spaces, a hotel, office spaces, and what has got to be the tallest observation deck on the 157th floor. Hopefully, there will be more buildings around it to see from there in the “Kingdom City”, ha!

There should be though, because as you can imagine, a project of this scale will take years to construct. By 2017, the city should be developed around Kingdom Tower. I personally look forward to when the Kingdom Tower is complete because I think it would be a phenomenal representation of the amazing title of “world’s tallest building”. The tower’s overall aesthetic radiates both strength and sleekness and will hopefully become an endearing symbol for the next generation of architects like our own Sears Tower was for me as a child (so much so, that my generation of Chicagoans still call it ‘Sears’).

h/t BDOnline via ArchDaily