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Old August 3rd, 2011, 05:41 AM   #2141
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 05:59 AM   #2142
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I don't think so, because then there's only a 200m difference between a "supertall" and a "megatall" or whatever.

Hypothetically, the definitions could be revised - skyscraper could be expanded to denote anything up to 500m, supertall could include everything from 500m - 999m, and megatall anything 1000m+ (until 2000m...then we'd need an ultratall or hypertall category)

Wow, even talking about inventing and redefining words shows how important this building will be!
Supertall should be over 300m, and Megatall should be over 600m. There are 8 buildings over 600m being constructed so it wouldnt be an empty forum
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 06:39 AM   #2143
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since when the red see coast is " in the middle of the desert " ??
jeddah's population is about 4 million
and when the aliens come ,, they will find this tower in the meddle of the meddle east ,, the home of some of the oldest human structures and civilizations ,,
seriously people ,, stop depending on Fox news and George Clooney movies for information ..

anyway ,, please explain to me why would "Chicago" be a better alternative for the aliens

Boy some of you people can't see a joke even when it smacks you in the face. This might explain all the problems in the Middle East. It seems no one knows how to make/take a joke around there. Lighten up. Life is better with a smile.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 06:59 AM   #2144
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Dubai to lose world’s tallest tower record

A Saudi tycoon plans to build a tower that will surpass Burj Khalifa’s iconic status

Saudi royal in contract to build world's tallest tower


Aug 02, 2011 at 03:59

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DUBAI, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Kingdom Holding , owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, said on Tuesday an associate firm signed a contract worth 4.6 billion riyals ($1.23 billion) with Bin Laden Group to build the world's tallest tower in Jeddah.

The proposed tower will stretch a kilometre high and include a hotel, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and offices, Kingdom said in a statement.

If completed, the tower will replace Dubai's Burj Khalifa, standing 828 metres tall, as the tallest tower in the world. The Burj Khalifa was built by Emaar Properties for a total cost of $1.5 billion.

The tower is part of the first phase of Kingdom City, which is being built north of the Red Sea port city.

Kingdom said the associate firm, Jeddah Economic Co., will be 16.63 percent-owned by the Bin Laden Group while Kingdom will hold a 33.35 percent stake in the venture.

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:08 AM   #2145
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Kingdom Tower to top reigning champ Burj Khalifa by 173m

Construction of the 1km-high building in Jeddah to start soon



By Sona NambiarPublished Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The US-headquartered architectural practice Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has revealed the design for the Kingdom Tower, which is to be the world’s tallest building at 1 kilometre height.

It will be built in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The tower’s height will be at least 173 meters (568 feet) taller than the world’s current tallest building, Dubai’s 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, which was designed by Adrian Smith while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).

At over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) and a total construction area of 530,000 square meters (5.7 million square feet), Kingdom Tower will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of the Kingdom City development on a 5.3 million-square-meter site in north Jeddah.

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:12 AM   #2146
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Impressive tower - this could only be built in a country like Saudi Arabia (limitless money, great ambition and slavery)...

Anyhoos - Jeddah and Mecca are only 30 miles away. Would someone at the top of the Kingdom Tower be able to see the Abraj Al Bait?
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:37 AM   #2147
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Sweet diagram Culwulla, keep it up!
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:39 AM   #2148
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@Tallbox: Unless there are mountains over 1km high in between, you should be able to. I know that on a clear day, you can see about 80 miles from the top of the Empire State Building, less than half the planned height of Kingdom Tower...
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:43 AM   #2149
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So when the aliens come, and they naturally decide to make contact at the site of the world's tallest building, it'll be... in the middle of the desert. And then they'll leave, saying to themselves, "well, nothing here worth seeing." Sounds like a perfect defensive strategy for the Earth. I like it.

Seriously, though, I like it. Total waste of money. But if I had more money than God, I'd probably build myself a tower too. On that note, I think I'll go for a drive around the block and make my financial contribution to the project.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:50 AM   #2150
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Impressive tower - this could only be built in a country like Saudi Arabia (limitless money, great ambition and slavery)...

Anyhoos - Jeddah and Mecca are only 30 miles away. Would someone at the top of the Kingdom Tower be able to see the Abraj Al Bait?

the distance between the two towers is 85 Km..

by applying that in this formula :
(x+e)^2 - (x)^2 = "the distance to the horizon" ^2

while;
( x ) is the radius of the Earth = 6378150
( e ) your height (assume 1000 m)

(6378150+1000)^2 - (6378150)^2= "the distance to the horizon" ^2
40693554722500 - 40680797422500 = 12757300000

the distance to the horizon = 112948 m = almost 113 Km
therefore; you can "theoretically' see 113 Km until you can only see the horizon from the top of a 1000 m tower.
and if we take in consideration the elevation of Abraj Al Bait (601m) the chances would be much better, specially on a clear day.

ps: I have got some reservations about the slavery bit
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:57 AM   #2151
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:57 AM   #2152
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Any pics of the site preparation available yet?

I'm sure it'll take at least two years before this megatall starts to go vertical. The foundation alone will most likely be 40-50m+ deep just to anchor that kind of height.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 07:58 AM   #2153
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Hi all.

Awesome news.

1 - So the models I posted ages ago were of this design. Adrian Smith must have been presenting the design even though he denied any involvement months later.



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2 - Not sure what is with the absurdly lowball cost estimates of the next WTS's. The BK number was/is 1.5 b. During construction the cost was up to 3.78 b. and by completion the grand total will surely be 4.5 to 5 b.
1.23 b. for this project is out to lunch.

Great to get some concrete news.


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Old August 3rd, 2011, 08:45 AM   #2154
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What I would do for that model..
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 09:39 AM   #2155
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what is this crap, its not even good looking
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 11:06 AM   #2156
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This building may need to be added to the Construction Cup
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 11:31 AM   #2157
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Can someone tell me what is this round thing in the middle of the tower.. its quite bad looking form my angel. idk. i still love this.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 11:41 AM   #2158
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Can someone tell me what is this round thing in the middle of the tower.. its quite bad looking form my angel. idk. i still love this.
It's the observation platform at approximately 640m.







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Old August 3rd, 2011, 11:52 AM   #2159
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Yeah ! Go Jeddah !
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 11:53 AM   #2160
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I'm sorry, but for some reason, I just can't see this happening. I know everyone said the exact same thing about Burj Khalifa, but this? This is just... Pointlessly tall. Trying for nothing else but to be WTB. At least Dubai had other skyscrapers to help the look of Khalifa. This thing would just completely **** up any skyline in any city.
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