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Height: To Tip
1000+ m / 3,281+ ft
Height: Architectural
1000+ m / 3,281+ ft
 
Kingdom Tower Outline
Height: Observatory
637.5 m / 2,092 ft
Floors Above Ground
167
Floors Below Ground
2
# of Elevators
58
Top Elevator Speed
10 m/s
Tower GFA
243,866 m² / 2,624,952 ft²
Development GFA
8,127,000 m² / 87,478,300 ft²
# of Apartments
439
# of Hotel Rooms
200
# of Parking Spaces
2,205

Facts

Official Name Kingdom Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Under Construction
Country Saudi Arabia
City Jeddah
Street Address & Map Kingdom City
Building Function residential / serviced apartments / hotel / office
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2011
Construction Start 2013
Completion 2018
Official Website Kingdom Tower

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Jeddah Economic Company; Kingdom Holding Company
Architect
Design Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Architect of Record Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners
Structural Engineer
Design Thornton Tomasetti
Peer Review Magnusson Klemencic Associates
MEP Engineer
Design Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Peer Review Cosentini
Project Manager EC Harris; Mace
Main Contractor Saudi Bin Laden Group
Other Consultant
• Acoustics Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
• Civil Langan
• Façade Maintenance Lee Herzog Consulting
• Fire Rolf Jensen & Associates
• Geotechnical Langan
• Landscape SWA Group
• Lighting Fisher Marantz Stone
• Parking Langan
• Quantity Surveyor Omnium International Ltd.
• Security Aegis Defence Services Limited
• Traffic Langan
• Vertical Transportation Fortune Shepler Consulting
• Way Finding Forcade Associates
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Crane Liebherr
• Elevator KONE

About Kingdom Tower

At the forefront of worldwide skyscraper activity, Kingdom Tower represents an unprecedented exercise that dares to go beyond the one kilometer threshold, a height that seemed only to exist in fantasy just years ago. Inspired by a bundle of leaves shooting up from the ground, it is meant to emanate the growth, prosperity, and regional emergence of its homeland on the global stage, a role that many of the world’s tallest buildings have played in their respective locales.

The multivariate form of the tower is rationalized by a “Y”-shaped plan and a continuously smooth taper, which will significantly reduce structural loads by obviating the need for the complicated outrigger transfers and belt trusses required in a setback approach. Furthermore, each wing of the tower will terminate at different heights, allowing them to taper at different rates and establish a distinct three-part spire. The supporting structure for the building is comprised entirely of cast-in-place reinforced concrete walls, coupling beams, and conventionally reinforced plate concrete floor framing. Due to the continuous and uninterrupted vertical nature of the walls, a highly efficient jump form system is utilized that will permit a continuous and uninterrupted construction process.

A series of balconies interrupt the smooth exterior, serving to provide both a cool outdoor element for occupants and shading for the tower’s surface, reducing direct solar radiation. Inside the tower, office floors are located at the bottom to take advantage of larger floor plates. These are followed by hotel, serviced apartments, and residential units of different sizes. At the very top, a massive penthouse will allow a tenant to reside at the crown of the building. Originally designed as a helipad, a circular sky terrace protrudes from one of the top levels, a feature that will be the highest of its kind in the world.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper

The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
7 Dec 2011 – CTBUH Research

Global News

Elevator Installation Prep Begins at Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower
11 May 2015 – Elevator installation preparations have begun at…

Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower to Utilize World’s Tallest Construction Crane
19 Sep 2014 – Kingdom Tower, poised to be the world's tallest…

New Technologies Emerge for Elevators in Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower
2 Jul 2014 – There's no doubt that Saudi Arabia’s 3,280-foot (1…

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Elevator Installation Prep Begins at Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower
11 May 2015
Elevator installation preparations have begun at the 1000-plus-meter Kingdom Tower. This work, as well as the eventual installation of the elevator cars, will then…
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Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower to Utilize World’s Tallest Construction Crane
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Kingdom Tower, poised to be the world's tallest tower upon completion, has reached an important milestone in the project that will set another new world record — the…
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New Technologies Emerge for Elevators in Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower
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There's no doubt that Saudi Arabia’s 3,280-foot (1,000 meter)-tall Kingdom Tower will be a luxury experience. As it turns out, even the elevators will be VIP. The Kone-…
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With values often exceeding $1 billion, the latest “supertall” (300 meters plus) or “megatall” (600 meters plus) buildings pose new challenges for insurers as well as for…
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KONE Wins Kingdom Tower Lift Job
5 Jun 2014
Jeddah Economic Co., the developer of the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, has selected KONE as the vertical transportation provider to deliver the world's fastest and…
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Above-Ground Work to Start on Kingdom Tower
21 Mar 2014
Above-ground work on the 1-kilometer-tall Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will begin next month, according to Building Design. Construction will start on April 27…
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Kingdom Tower Mobilizes Construction
24 Feb 2014
The kilometer-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, currently under construction, is showing new signs of life, as the developer of the project has commissioned engineering and…
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Kingdom Tower Piling Work Completes
5 Dec 2013
Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company’s (JEC) new CEO, has announced the completion of the piling work for the Kingdom Tower, set to be the future-tallest building in…
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AS+GG Partner Discusses Supertall Construction on Chinese Radio
12 Aug 2013
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture partner Robert Forest was interviewed by China Radio International English about the rising number of supertall skyscrapers,…
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Kingdom Tower Officially Underway and On Schedule
26 Jun 2013
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal says the project to build the world's future tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is progressing as planned. The prince made the…
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Saudi Prince Looks to Pursue Another Supertall
18 Jun 2013
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal announced that plans to build the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia are on schedule, taking the opportunity to express…
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Kingdom Tower Secures Water Supply
29 Apr 2013
The Jeddah Economic Co. has signed a water supply deal for the Kingdom Tower with Saudi Arabia's national water company, Bloomberg reports. For SAR2.2 billion (US$587…
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The Man Behind the Burj Khalifa Seeks to Do It Again
1 Apr 2013
The chairman and founder of real estate giant Emaar Properties, Mohammed Alabbar, is developing plans to build a 1 kilometer-plus tower in Asia. In an extensive interview…
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The National Highlights Kingdom Tower
13 Mar 2013
A recent article from The National explores the implications of building the world's next tallest building. The article asks industry experts whether the Kingdom Tower…
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The Shard's Project Managers to Oversee Kingdom Tower
25 Feb 2013
The £780 million (US$1.2 billion) project to build the world's tallest building in Saudi Arabia will be managed by the firm behind the construction of the recently…
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Adrian Smith Talks Kingdom Tower
5 Dec 2012
Construction Week has posted an interview with Adrian Smith about his work in the field of supertall buildings. He discusses the future world's tallest building, Kingdom…
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Kingdom Tower Signs Foundation Deal
9 Oct 2012
Although there is still no official word on when construction will start on Kingdom Tower, there are signs of progress. Saudi BAUER Foundation Contractors Ltd. this week…

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How Tall Can Skyscrapers Go? Will We Ever See a Kilometer-tall Building in the GTA?
May 2014 – Jerry Agar Show

Kingdom Tower and Building Tall
Apr 2014 – BBC World Business Report

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11 Jun 2013 – Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate

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Kingdom Tower and Building Tall
Apr 2014 – CTBUH in the Media; BBC World Business Report; Antony Wood, CTBUH
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Interview: Kingdom Tower
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18 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
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Research Papers

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