World’s Tallest Skyscraper


Over 1,000 meters (that’s 3,280 feet!) with a total construction area of 530,000 sqm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture are currently in design development phase for Kingdom Tower. Slated to surpass Burj Khalifa by 173 meters (coincidently which Adrian Smith also designed while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) Kingdom Tower is the centerpiece of the $20 billion dollar Kingdom City Development, with the tower itself expected to cost $1.2 billion dollars. Featuring a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory the tower’s foundation drawings are complete with the piling currently being tendered.

More renderings of the world’s largest tower which will be located near the Red Sea in Jeddah, following the break.

© Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
© Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
© Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Cite: Minner, Kelly. "World’s Tallest Skyscraper" 02 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>


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    please stop of making this kind of project,,, there’s nothing up there,, why u archinepts continue with this nonesense,,, in this case, tall is not a reason,,, it’s a whim.

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      certainly it wasn’t the idea of the architect to come up with a kilometer high tower.
      Mostly the client (investor/developer) asked the architect to design this.

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        Oh then it’s cool, the architect’s good … only the client is a bored 12 years old.

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    Looks like somebody has discovered Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Illinois” plans… Just switched the height from a mile to a kilometer.

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    The challenge should no longer be about building the worlds tallest, architects should now be focused on building the world’s greenest buildings. Green is the new height.

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      It’s like telling people to stop competing in p**** size and shift all their attention to the density of bushery. Never gonna happen.

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    Demonstrates the world cultures problem of distinguishing want vs. need.

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    Cool…but this type projects are gonna be so usual in arabic countries!
    and it’s the worst thing that every project can face with that…

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    in arabian zone they just think about the tallest building not the conceptual building.
    at last the oil will be finish

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    when i see those kind of “tallest towers” buildings i just remember what we took about the French people and how they used to hate Eiffel tower and they described it as the monster because of its scale compared to the surrounding buildings,,, yet will those tallest buildings have there value praised in the future as the Eiffel tower now?
    more over a German team via studies proved that after each tallest tower a financial crisis occurs,,, so isn’t it the time for us to think how will we be solving those financial crisis we are causing when building these kinds of towers?????
    sooo many questions and little answers ;)

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      Perhaps it’s the other way around: on the cusp of a financial crisis, we build magnificent towers to vainly hide the fact that all is not right in the kingdom…

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