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New World's Tallest Building Commissioned - Guess Where? - April 11, 2011, 08:46 AM

Those crazy Saudis.
This one will be DOUBLE the height of the Burj in Dubai, stretching a full mile in the air.



Kingdom Tower will make the Burj Khalifa look short, reach one mile up


How high does a tower need to reach before it's considered too high? If you think relaxing up on top of the Burj Khalifa's At.mosphere won't give you vertigo, try Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower — a structure that will extend one mile upwards — almost twice the height of Dubai's tallest. Those Middle Eastern princes just can't get enough of those insanely tall skyscrapers. Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, head of Kingdom Holding Company recently gave his approval for construction of what will be billed as the world's tallest man-made structure — the Kingdom Tower.
Designed by Adrian Smith, the Kingdom Tower will be built in Saudi Arabia's city of Jeddah. The tower will stretch one mile up into heavens and include 12 million cubic feet of space, several stories of office space, several stories for a hotel and four tiers of residential space, with the upper most tier reserved for "alternative energy generation" solutions (perhaps including a pendulum to keep the entire tower from collapsing).

The Kingdom Tower project is so large that it'll cost $30 billion to construct. To get to the top from the ground floor, an elevator ride would take an estimated 12 minutes to ascend. That's quite a journey for a view that is sure to be mostly sand and clouds.
As if it wasn't already hard enough to keep the glass on the Burj Khalifa squeaky clean, think how much more difficult it'll be to clean the dirt off windows twice as high up.





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I feel like they are compensating for something


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April 11, 2011, 08:56 AM

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I feel like they are compensating for something
I was going to say that, but didn't want to offend our Middle Eastern board members.



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April 11, 2011, 09:21 AM

Reminds me of the tower of babel.


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WTF is the point?

Are these buildings functional? I.e. you can take an elevator up and work in there or live there or something?

Or is it just to say HEY WE BUILT THE BIGGEST BUILDING ON EARTH??? Tower of babel?

I wanna see a building that covers the widest/most area on land....verus going up.


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If DC were allowed to have building taller than the height of the Washington Monument, I wonder how tall they would be?

Craziest thing about DC. Not one building with more than 20 stories.



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cool, sounds fun to design


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The design is rather uninspiring though. It's just a giant silver spike.
My favorite super skyscraper design is Taipei 101



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Or is it just to say HEY WE BUILT THE BIGGEST BUILDING ON EARTH??? Tower of babel?

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^ Damn I knew The Pentagon would be on the list...but suprised to see it @ #7...WOW.


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I figured that it would either have to be the buildings where rockets or large planes are built or where the atomic super colliders are housed.



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If DC were allowed to have building taller than the height of the Washington Monument, I wonder how tall they would be?

Craziest thing about DC. Not one building with more than 20 stories.
My company's downtown office is 6 inches taller than the Washington Monument .... shhhh, don't tell anyone

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