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Old November 10th, 2013, 01:07 PM   #12081
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I used to hate this building but after the last couple of posts I started seeing the beauty of it! I just wish they plant trees around that region cz I'm sure this tower will look even better surrounded by greenery.
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Old November 10th, 2013, 01:53 PM   #12082
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Wow, that video really changed my opinion on the clock. It is a really serious achievement of engineering. I had no idea that it also included a real atomic clock which is part of the global time network, directly integrated in the clock tower that is apparently the new heart of muslim time.
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Old November 10th, 2013, 03:16 PM   #12083
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This clocktower is great but they shouldn't have built such gigantic base.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 06:16 PM   #12084
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Old November 12th, 2013, 07:36 PM   #12085
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what the beautiful building...
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Old November 12th, 2013, 07:41 PM   #12086
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This clocktower is great but they shouldn't have built such gigantic base.
i think the base makes it that much better even. it looks like a man-made mountain! from the back of the building it is still flat and i really do hope the other giant project right there will be done one day. attaching two supertalls pretty much back to back on the clock tower and a lot of more skyscrapers making this look like a mountain from all sides

this project i mean: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1232279
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Old November 14th, 2013, 10:25 PM   #12087
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Makkah Tower retains its place
as 2nd tallest building in the world



This illustration provided by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat shows the projected tallest 10 buildings
in the world upon completion of One World Trade Center in New York.
14 November 2013

JEDDAH – Standing tall at 1,972 feet (601.07 meter), the Abraj Al-Bait Tower, also known as Makkah Royal Clock Tower, has been declared the second tallest building in the world by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, considered a world authority on supersized skyscrapers. Only Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is 2,717 feet (828.14 meter) tall, surpasses the Makkah Clock Tower in height.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced its decision at simultaneous news conferences in New York and Chicago on Tuesday.

It recognized the under construction One World Trade Center in New York— at 1,776 feet (541 meter) high — as the tallest skyscraper in the United States and the third tallest building in the world.

Makkah Clock Tower already holds several world records. It is the tallest clock tower in the world and has the world’s largest clock face.

The structure has the second largest floor area of any structure in the world with 1,500,000 m2 (16,150,000 sq ft) of floorspace, surpassed only by New Century Global Centre in Chengdu, China, which has a floor area of 1,700,000 m2 (18,300,000 sq ft). Measuring the height of a building would seem to be a simple thing, but in the case of the new World Trade Center tower it is complicated by the 408-foot (124.36-meter)-tall needle atop the skyscraper’s roof.

The Council’s verdict rested on a conclusion that the needle should be counted as part of the building’s total height. Without it, the tower would be just 1,368 feet (416.97 meters) tall, the same height as the original World Trade Center. That would make it smaller than not only the Willis Tower, but also a 1,397-foot (425.81-meter) apartment building being built a short subway ride away near Central Park.

Speaking at his office in New York, council chairman Timothy Johnson, an architect at the global design firm NBBJ, said the decision by the 25-member height committee had more “tense moments” than usual, given the skyscraper’s importance as a patriotic symbol.

“I was here on 9/11. I saw the buildings come down,” he said. Over the past few months, the Council had hinted that it might be open to changing its standards for measuring ultra-tall buildings, given a trend toward developers adding “vanity height” to towers with huge, decorative spires.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index...20131114186681





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Old November 15th, 2013, 12:26 AM   #12088
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Old November 16th, 2013, 05:32 AM   #12089
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Old November 28th, 2013, 05:11 AM   #12090
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The CTBUH is a joke.

It's nonsense that 1WTC, Taipei101, Petronas and Zifeng qualify to the top 10. Spires and antennas are both just an ego-fueled excuse to rank better than buildings like the Willis and many others that are truly tall.

For me, roof height will always be the measure to follow.

432 Park will be the king of NY!
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Old November 28th, 2013, 08:45 AM   #12091
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Old November 28th, 2013, 09:34 AM   #12092
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1WTC and Taipei101 taller than SWFC and ICC? Give me a break.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 02:49 PM   #12093
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wheres Shanghai Tower at that diagram??
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Old November 30th, 2013, 11:48 PM   #12094
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Some people here were asking about this two weeks ago; we have pics now and still "NO BODY KNOWS"

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Old December 1st, 2013, 12:14 AM   #12095
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I hope this project is rawabi abraj al bait towers
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Old December 1st, 2013, 09:15 AM   #12096
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One of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 10:22 AM   #12097
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According to some local newspapers, part of the construction behind the towers is for a metro station (the part with colums). However, the rest is unknown.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 11:39 AM   #12098
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What are all these buildings next to it u/c?
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Old December 1st, 2013, 01:11 PM   #12099
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Only the first phase of jabal Omar project





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Old December 1st, 2013, 01:18 PM   #12100
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amazing concept like travelling back in time. mix of old and new.
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