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Old October 12th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #321
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With the previous blue tower we looked at yesterday, it didn't have those two supporting side columns but was just round structure compared to today's one at the newspaper front where it has the 2 supporting side columns. I'm not sure about all these information comming out recently of mile high tower, they just don't fit together. But anyway there's chance thse info are not fake.

2 conclusions from me so far:

- The render from the newspaper is more like the official design with its more stronger and supportive structure at the bottom. Compared to the blue one which looked thinner than the needle and just didn't look like a building at all but looked even thinner than the CN tower . I think that blue one isn't official mile high tower render, it looks different from the tower from the newspaper.

- Kingdom holding is using its brain, just as Nakheel said their tower is gonna be +1KM so did Kingdom holdings. Its gonna be both interesting and funny the way both towers are gonna be revealed to the public in their exact height. Maybe both companies are waiting for the other company to make their first move of revealing their height. Let's see how it turns out.
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Old October 12th, 2008, 06:04 PM   #322
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not an architect but the original design ''bleu tower" was the best
this one if for real, has no meaning, soul, identity, look, attractiveness.
call it whatever you want
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Old October 12th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #323
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Who will build this, if it gets built? The BinLaden group? I like this design better than what we knew before as the Mile High Tower which was just fugly, the new one is nothing special either, but at first sight it looks way better to me than the first design.
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Old October 12th, 2008, 06:34 PM   #324
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I think the last (yellow rendered) design is great. It would look very high by its shape, aside from the fact that it is. Imagine standing there somewhere around 800m in your sound dammed luxury suite, looking down over the city. Now that's 22nd century stuff.

Now I don't know how interesting Jeddah itself is though, it would be far more interesting to look down into Dubai's cityscape i assume.
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Old October 12th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #325
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official Press Release :
King Abdullah Inaugurates the Two Huge Projects: Kingdom City & Tallest Tower in the World in Jeddah
(12/10/2008)
http://www.kingdom.com.sa/en/MC_PR_N...asp?p=3&ID=191
King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques unveiled and inaugurated the two colossal projects of Kingdom City in Jeddah and Kingdom Tower in Jeddah in the presence of HRH Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, HRH Prince Khaled Alfaisal Governor of Makkah Province, HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and Eng. Adel Muhammad Faqih, Mayor of Jeddah and other members of the royal family.

The unveiling of the designs and plans of the tower that will adorn the city of Jeddah and will be over 1,000 meters high, was held at the opening of a major international architectural exhibition “Towards the First World” in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday 11th October 2008. KHC was the main sponsor of this historical event. KHC’s two projects: Kingdom City and Kingdom Tower were the highlight of the exhibition with a major presentation. It was the first time the design for Kingdom City and the iconic Kingdom Tower were revealed publicly. During the event, King Abdullah and Prince Alwaleed toured KHC’s exhibition of the master plan and designs of the project with a total investment of more than SR100 billion.

HRH Prince Alwaleed commented: “KHC has many grand investments in real estate in Saudi Arabia and this is one of them. We are extremely delighted at the unveiling of the designs and plans of KHC’s iconic Kingdom City and Kingdom Tower projects in the city of Jeddah by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz which will signify KHC’s contribution in placing Saudi Arabia at the forefront of the first world and reaffirming KHC as one of the world leading real estate developers.” King Abdullah has previously inaugurated the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh during which Prince Alwaleed presented the King with the awards that Kingdom Centre had received: the Best New Skyscraper of the Year 2003 for Kingdom Tower and The Innovative Design & Construction of a New Project 2003 for Al Mamlaka Mall.

Engineer Talal Al Maiman, Executive Director for Development and Domestic Investments and a member of KHC’s Investment Committee commented: “Through the continuous guidance of HRH Prince Alwaleed, KHC uses its resources to their utmost potential to lead to outstanding achievements and to make future visions a reality through leading and challenging projects. I have all the confidence that the return on investments of these projects will be very rewarding, God willing as KHC’s projects have been in Riyadh. ”

Organized by the City of Jeddah, the exhibition features sixteen projects currently planned for the Makkah and Jeddah regions. Kingdom Tower is part of the Kingdom City development which will be one of the largest and most comprehensive real estate projects to be built in Saudi Arabia located at Obhur, North of the creek of Jeddah and the mountains to the east. Prominently located on a prime site, the master plan, encompassing 7.1 square kilometers (1750 acres). Kingdom City in Jeddah is 20 km from the old city of Jeddah near King Abdulaziz International Airport. The area that comprises of buildings is 23 million square meters includes commercial, residential, institutional, educational, entertainment, retail and hotel facilities. The centerpiece of the development will be the landmark Kingdom Tower. Kingdom City is expected to house 80,000 residents and accommodate 250,000 visitors who will enjoy its facilities; lakes, canals, water sports and other leisure activities.

Kingdom Tower’s timeless beauty derives from its simplicity and purity of form. The tower will rise from a large retail and conference centre podium to 1,000+ meters in height –the tallest building in the world – and include five-star hotel accommodations, office space and luxury residences that encompass dramatic, sweeping views of the Red Sea, Obhur Creek and the mountains to the east. Essentially triangular in plan, Kingdom Tower is conceived as a graceful, sculptural form that reflects not only the unique character of Jeddah but also the sky, water, and land from its taut glass skin.

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Old October 12th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #326
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Looks compelling to me because everyone else is striving for some new shape designs, while this is straight-out basic minimalist-type of shape... as if saying How did no-one thought of that before!
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Old October 12th, 2008, 07:08 PM   #327
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looks much more than 1km in that model, maybe 1300
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Old October 12th, 2008, 07:16 PM   #328
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why did you guys change the title can you please change it back to 1609
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Old October 12th, 2008, 07:24 PM   #329
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1609? 1609 m?
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Old October 12th, 2008, 07:26 PM   #330
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1609m
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Old October 12th, 2008, 07:34 PM   #331
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1609m
The press release only says its over 1000 meters.
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Old October 12th, 2008, 07:57 PM   #332
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Awesome tower, but there really is not any reason to build this thing in the middle of the desert. There is plenty of room to spread the space out and build a city and not just one massive tower with nothing in it's general vicinity. If the new WTC was stacked on top of each other it would be the tallest building on earth, but that's just stupid.

...but at least someone has the balls to build it in my lifetime. So props to the Middle-East for embrassing the skyscraper with open arms.
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Old October 12th, 2008, 09:46 PM   #333
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Because it will be a symbol.
Because it will be a tourist attraction.
Because wealth attracts wealth.
Etc, etc, etc
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Old October 12th, 2008, 11:24 PM   #334
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From the Saudi Forum (thanks saudi guy) :
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Old October 13th, 2008, 12:15 AM   #335
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Old October 13th, 2008, 12:21 AM   #336
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F*CK thats a big skycraper!!!

Unbelievable excited times !



Saudi guy great job and jh1 to !
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Old October 13th, 2008, 12:22 AM   #337
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thats rad, nice facade

talk about a sheer face straight up!
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Old October 13th, 2008, 12:28 AM   #338
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LETS HONOUR Saudi guy for his additon in this most amazing thread ever!!!





THIS IS THE ULTIMATE MASTERPLAN!

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Old October 13th, 2008, 12:53 AM   #339
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Amazing !!! A-MA-ZING!!!

Thanks, Saudi guy!
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Old October 13th, 2008, 01:05 AM   #340
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This project is bigger than I thought it was....WOW!!

This is going to really expand Jeddah...I think we will get more and more details in the coming weeks/months. A project of this magnitude and density (look how closely those towers are packed) is going to have a different components (roads/infrastructure and other towers as well)

Thanks Saudi Guy as always...and others who made an effort to cover the news...

Oh and of course I think we should all recognize this project's biggest cheerleader - buildmilehightower... haha..
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