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Old August 2nd, 2011, 08:04 PM   #2081
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nevermind found one. http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets...on-gizmodo.jpg
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 08:23 PM   #2082
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OMG, this tower is enormous I just hope it doesn't end like most of such mega ambitious projects ........ in a trash bin
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 08:27 PM   #2083
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i'm totally speechless . Fantastic News!

and the new design is simply great, much better than the original design i think

Can't wait to see it rising into the sky...and reaching the 1000m mark
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 08:29 PM   #2084
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Thank you for the diagram, it looks awesome
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 08:33 PM   #2085
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IT HAS BEEN APPROVED TODAY! LOOK AT THE NEWS!!!
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 08:38 PM   #2086
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cant wait for someone drawing a new skyscraperpage diagram
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 08:48 PM   #2087
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Nice diagram comparing a 1000m Kingdom Tower to some others:

[IMG]http://i56.************/2a9tvg3.jpg[/IMG]
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With out the observation deck this would be one great tower now it's just a good one with a subtle reminiscene to Wright's The Illinois.
Exactly my thoughts. Frank Lloyd Wright proposed "The Illinois" in 1956 already.
This concept was miles ahead of its time (being the first proposed mile-high tower) - and absolutely unrealistic for the 50s of course.
But it looks like the architects of Kingdom Tower got "a little" inspiration here:

[IMG]http://i54.************/2whmlv5.jpg[/IMG]
Source and more info about this decades old pipe dream: http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuille...s-%E2%80%93-i/
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 09:00 PM   #2088
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I really DON'T like the design, but the height sure is awesome.

Can't believe it will cost only $1.2bn to build it....imagine this in NYC, it would be several times more.
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 09:09 PM   #2089
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1,2 billion ?!?!?!?!? 1WTC is 417m tall and it costs 3,1 billion Out of what will this tower be built? Out of paper or tin foil?
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building in new york and building in jeddah is of course different from the price. new york labor is more expensive, the safety regulations are more extreme and the materials are more expensive too i suppose
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What's up with that helipad-tumor thingy. Burj-al-Arab much?
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building in new york and building in jeddah is of course different from the price. new york labor is more expensive, the safety regulations are more extreme and the materials are more expensive too i suppose
Skyscrapers in NYC using steel. Thats expensive (and in the current resource market). In the middle east they using very much ("cheap") concrete. And you are right - indian and pakistani workers are cheaper than workers from new york and in the middle of the desert you can build a skyscraper easier than in an city with high density.
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building in new york and building in jeddah is of course different from the price. new york labor is more expensive, the safety regulations are more extreme and the materials are more expensive too i suppose
By safety regulations you mean both work safety regulations and building safety regulations, right?

In my opinion it would be a critical mistake if they would underestimate the need for building a redundant building. 9/11 has taught us that a building must be redundant more than anything else. I just hope they will keep that in mind. I'd hate to see such a beautiful building in danger of being destroyed
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What's up with that helipad-tumor thingy. Burj-al-Arab much?
its an observation deck
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 10:20 PM   #2095
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Well, I guess I'm kind of glad that The Illinois is getting built in one form or another.
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 10:23 PM   #2096
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They begin in two months???
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 10:23 PM   #2097
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Well, if the Wall St. Journal says it's true then it has to be true!

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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATEAUGUST 2, 2011
Saudi Set for World's Tallest Tower
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RIYADH—Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding Co., run by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, said its associate firm, Jeddah Economic Co., had signed a 4.6 billion Saudi riyal ($1.23 billion) deal with Bin Laden Group to build the world's tallest tower in Jeddah.

The planned tower, which will soar to more than 1,000 meters (3,281 feet), will include a hotel, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and offices and will occupy an area of 500,000 square meters (5.38 million square feet), Kingdom Holding said in a statement on the Saudi bourse website.

"This project will provide sustainable profits to Kingdom Holding shareholders," Prince Alwaleed said at a news conference in Riyadh. It "has been in discussion since four years because of our emphasis to have it very economically viable ... this project is very feasible for the shareholders, and everybody is satisfied with the potential returns."

Construction on the Kingdom Tower, which will take 63 months to complete, is expected to start soon, Prince Alwaleed said. () He said finances for the tower are in place, without giving any further details.

The tower would top Dubai's 828-meter (2,717-foot) Burj Khalifa, which currently is the world's tallest building. Kingdom's project will be part of the more than 5.3-million-square-meter (57-million-square-foot) Kingdom City, north of Jeddah, which overlooks the Red Sea and Obhur Creek andis expected to cost $20 billion.

"It's ambitious and in planning phase for a while. The critics will say it's unnecessary when resources may be deployed for other much needed development and infrastructure," said Saud Masud, financial analyst at regional investment bank Rasmala. "However, as a symbolic undertaking, this project may carry merit. Saudi is the largest economy in the Middle East with a need for socioeconomic advancement and development. The tower may reflect inspiration to that effect."

Kingdom Holding said it had signed a shareholder agreement under which Bin Laden Group would take a 16.63% stake in Jeddah Economic Co., which will build the tower. Kingdom will own 33.35% in Jeddah Economic, while 33.35% will be held by Abrar International Holding Co. and 16.67% by investor Abdurrahman Sharbatly.

Bin Laden Group is the largest construction firm in Saudi Arabia and is owned by the Bin Laden family, which in the 1990s distanced itself from Osama Bin Laden.

Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture led an interdisciplinary team that designed the tower.


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Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal speaks next to a model of the world's tallest tower, to be built in Jeddah.

"Building this tower in Jeddah sends a financial and economic message that should not be ignored. It has a political depth to it to tell the world that we Saudis invest in our country," Prince Alwaleed said.

Prince Alwaleed, who owns 95% of Kingdom Holding, has focused his investments on banks, hotels and media companies, building sizable stakes in firms such as Citigroup Inc., News Corp., Apple Inc. and Time Warner Inc. News Corp. owns Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal.

Over the past couple of years, the prince, who has been the Middle East's wealthiest businessman over the past 20 years, has again started seeking investors and acquisitions around the world after keeping a low profile in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

In April, Kingdom and Bahrain Telecommunication Co., or Batelco, signed a nonbinding term sheet to buy a 25% stake of the Saudi unit of Kuwait-based Mobile Telecommunications Co., better known as Zain, for about $1.2 billion. The two companies have until the end of August to conduct due diligence for the deal.

In May, Kingdom said it and its chairman invested $400 million in Swiss commodities trader Glencore International PLC's initial public offering. The transaction represented 3.6% of the value of Glencore's subscriptions.

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Old August 2nd, 2011, 10:52 PM   #2098
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Somebody wake me up. I must be dreaming I thought the Burj Khalifa would rule the world for as long as the ESB did.
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 11:05 PM   #2099
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Sorry not sure if it's a repost but wanted to jump on and say it's also one of the sub-headlines on MSN now.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43988244...bia/?GT1=43001
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^ from the above link :
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