Construction Slated to Begin on 1km Kingdom Tower

Kingdom Tower. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Work on Kingdom Tower is moving forward, as above-ground construction is slated to begin April 27. 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.

Designed by US-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the tower will be the centerpiece and first phase of a $20 billion mixed-use development, known as “Kingdom City,” north of in . Once complete, it will house a variety of offices spaces, as well as apartments, a hotel, and a 157th floor observation deck.

Architects: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Location: Kingdom Tower, Obhur Al Shamaliah, Jeddah 23813, Saudi Arabia
Client: Jeddah Economic Company
Project Managers: EC Harris and Mace
Contractor : Saudi Binladin Group
Structural Engineer : Thornton Tomasetti
Quantity Surveyor : Omnium
Supervision Consultant : Dar Al-Handasah
Area: 530000.0 sqm
Year: 2017
Photographs: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Reference: Times of Israel, BDOnline

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Construction Slated to Begin on 1km Kingdom Tower" 27 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <>


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    The equivalent of buying a Porsche during a mid life crisis….

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    This thing looks a whole lot like Frank Lloyd Wrights “Mile High Illinois” from 1956. Hopefully the designers are taking deep inspiration from Wright’s ideas and working on some atomic-powered elevators that can carry 100 people too!

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      that’s what she said

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    Will the Saudi Arabian dictatorship allow women in? The building itself reminds me of the architecture of Stalinism.

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