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Old November 16th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #2761
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Old November 16th, 2011, 01:51 PM   #2762
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So, they've changed their mind if that's right I can remember they said no later than december !!
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Old November 17th, 2011, 03:16 AM   #2763
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Why, you think it is expensive or cheap?......Also its hard to believe that 1.5 billion was used for BK but only 1.2 for KT.
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The BK cost near 3 times the touted figure.
This will cost more, surely.


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Old November 17th, 2011, 06:34 AM   #2764
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Architect Adrian Smith, a partner in Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.
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Construction is to begin in January on a 1km tall tower in Jeddah, including a six-storey "sky palace" on the 158th floor, the lead architect says.
Most of the permits are in place for the US$1.2 billion (Dh4.40bn) Kingdom Tower, which would be the tallest building in the world, said Adrian Smith, a partner in Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

"The project is moving rapidly," Mr Smith said in an interview with The National. "We have actually advanced the design to a high level of detail."

In August, Kingdom Holding, the company chaired by Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, hired Saudi Binladin Group to build the tower. But Mr Smith's comments are the first word that construction is ready to start on the project, which has been in development for years.

Kingdom Tower was one of several super-tall buildings for which plans stalled after the global financial downturn. The group includes the 1km-tall Nakheel Tower in Dubai and the 473-metre tower in St Petersburg for the gas company Gazprom.

Saudi Arabia's property industry has not been immune to the downturn. Construction slowed on several large-scale master-planned "economic cities" designed to diversify the economy.

"They have suffered from a lack of private-sector interest in investing in them," said Mike Williams, the senior director for CB Richard Ellis. "But there is a drive to get them restarted."

Kingdom Tower is the centrepiece of Kingdom City, a $20bn commercial and residential project designed to cover 5.3 million square metres outside Jeddah.

Even after the August announcement that the contractor had been hired, some analysts remained sceptical the tower would move forward.

Standard & Poor's yesterday forecast that growth in Saudi Arabia would slow next year, based on declining oil prices and decreases in government subsidies.

But Mr Smith says work on Kingdom Tower will proceed.

"We know that all the partners have agreed to get going," said Mr Smith, who will be in Dubai next Tuesday to speak at the Green Build Congress. "Everything is proceeding as though it's going to happen."

Mr Smith also revealed details of the design, which includes a single, 2,787-square-metre apartment that will start on the 158th floor and cover six levels, making it the highest residence in the world.

The apartment will sit above a 25-metre-wide "sky terrace", a platform that will extend out from the 157th floor of the building. The designers still do not know exactly how the terrace will be used.

It might simply be landscaped and used as a platform "where you can step out and observe the sun setting over the Red Sea", Mr Smith said.

The terrace was originally designed as a helipad, but pilots vetoed that idea.

"As we were talking to pilots, there was a good deal of scepticism about being able to consistently land with wind conditions at that height," Mr Smith said.

He was the lead designer with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, at 828 metres the tallest building in the world.

Kingdom Holding is not giving an exact height of the planned Kingdom Tower, in the same way the height of Burj Khalifa was a closely-guarded secret during construction.

The company will say only that the tower will be "more than 1,000 metres" and there is not an exact number of storeys.

Four floors were recently added to the design of the base of the spire that sits at the top of the building, Mr Smith said. The new floors will be used for "boutique" offices.


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Old November 17th, 2011, 01:20 PM   #2765
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^ Your post yesterday was deleted since someone else posted the same article in post # 2754 a few hours before you did. Please check the thread carefully before you post, especially since the same content appeared on the same page as your post yesterday. There really is no excuse to not see it.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 02:05 PM   #2766
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Old November 17th, 2011, 08:10 PM   #2767
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^ Your post yesterday was deleted since someone else posted the same article in post # 2754 a few hours before you did. Please check the thread carefully before you post, especially since the same content appeared on the same page as your post yesterday. There really is no excuse to not see it.
i think when people find an article about a possible future new worlds tallest building that actually provides information on when it may start, people don't look at any other post because of the hype they are in
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Old November 17th, 2011, 11:47 PM   #2768
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Construction work on Kingdom Tower, the 1,000m superscraper set to steal the crown of world’s tallest building from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, is scheduled to begin within weeks, the architect firm behind the project has confirmed.

The $1.2bn tower, which is backed by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed, is the Gulf state’s most ambitious building yet and will be constructed in three
phases over five years.

“Construction of Kingdom Tower is scheduled to begin in January,” a spokesperson from Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, designers of the superscraper.

Founding partner Adrian Smith was also the architect behind the 828m-tall Burj Khalifa.

The giant structure will include a Four Seasons hotel, apartments, offices, three lobbies on the upper floors and the world’s highest observation deck on the 157th level.

It will be located in the first phase of Kingdom City, a 5.3m mixed-use development north of Jeddah, which overlooks the Red Sea and Obhur Creek. Smith said in August the main lessons learned from designing the Burj Khalifa that transferred over to Kingdom Tower centered on the stepped or tapered tower design.

“Wind forces are significant in a tower of 1km,” he said. "When the wind moves around a building, it creates negative pressure areas behind the building, which creates little tornados or vortices, which push the tower from side to side.

“One of the ways to mitigate that is to step the tower, or slope it. Sloping is more effective but it is a little more expensive."

Prince Alwaleed’s investment firm said it planned to use a mix of bank financing, cash and revenue from the project to build the Jeddah-based skyscraper. The tower’s price tag is expected to be significantly less than that of the $1.5bn Burj Khalifa, thanks to a decline in construction costs following the financial crash.

Saudi Binladin Group in August won the deal to construct the tower. Prince Alwaleed told Arabian Business in August the project would be transformational”.

“These are the kind of projects l like to do,” he said. “These big projects need vision, strength and guts to do.”
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Old November 18th, 2011, 01:17 AM   #2769
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the construction start date was changed to January even on wikipedia :


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_Tower

So, it's on January
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Old November 18th, 2011, 01:48 AM   #2770
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So Wikipedia is our affirmative source now?

Anyway, I'm hoping January's really when they'll start construction and not just another date.
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Old November 18th, 2011, 02:03 AM   #2771
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Of course it is.....I just updated it last evening
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Old November 18th, 2011, 03:40 AM   #2772
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the base of this tower looks as big as an airport terminal lol

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Old November 18th, 2011, 03:01 PM   #2773
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So the start for the world's next tallest in just 6 weeks - these are spectacular news!

If there'll be no major crises, the two words "Kingdom Tower" will be in the 2010's what "Burj Dubai" has been in the 2000's: the shortest answer to the question "Why on earth are you interested in skyscrapers?"
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Old November 18th, 2011, 03:09 PM   #2774
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That's true. The Kingdom Tower will completely overshadow Butj Khalifa since both are so similar only the Kingdom Tower is taller. It's essentially an uber-Burj Khalifa

As to a possible crysis, I doubt that it will come any time soon for Saudi Arabia. Libya still has to rebuild it's infrastructure before it can truly get back into the oil race so I expect the Saudie's golden age to continue for quite a while
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Old November 18th, 2011, 09:08 PM   #2775
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This structure looks amazing.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 05:49 PM   #2776
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New photos from the construction site?
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Old November 24th, 2011, 08:16 PM   #2777
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It's not a construction site yet. Right now, it's still sand and desert.
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Old November 28th, 2011, 01:18 AM   #2778
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may be this tower won't be finished earlier than 2018 and being late usually happens when we're talking about mega projects like this one ..
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Old November 28th, 2011, 05:45 PM   #2779
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Btw, after more than 4 years...
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Old November 28th, 2011, 10:57 PM   #2780
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It takes very long to prepare the ground for construction violence.
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