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Old May 8th, 2014, 09:59 AM   #7681
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The architect made it minimalistic on purpose. It's supposed to be the "quiet" building of the site, not somthing that makes a huge statement.
In many cases, it's so much better to make no statement, rather than to make any statements whatsoever, like Hadid, Gehry etc. Do they specify which exactly statement they make with a particular building? No. They can't figure out themselves what it's all about. So the default statement stays always one: "we don't have knowledgeable architects, but our engineers can calculate SUCH gizmo, so that it will be even standing!".
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Old May 8th, 2014, 10:44 AM   #7682
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The architect made it minimalistic on purpose. It's supposed to be the "quiet" building of the site, not somthing that makes a huge statement.
Exactly right. That's why this is not the model you would use for next worlds tallest structure being centerpiece of new huge district
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Old May 8th, 2014, 07:35 PM   #7683
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Here it is!

Link to full size: http://i.imgur.com/BaE5qWa.jpg
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What a Tower this will be in 2020 , IMO, It will be completed as The Tallest Tower in the World for at least 5 years after it opens as a " Four Seasons Hotel " To The Public

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Old May 8th, 2014, 08:26 PM   #7684
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Hehe "Jeddih"?



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Old May 8th, 2014, 08:35 PM   #7685
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At six feet, Adrian Smith is fairly tall for an architect.

But now, with the announcement that his Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will begin construction this year, he may qualify as the world's tallest architect. After all, the Kingdom Tower, which will be at least 3,280 feet tall, is eclipsing another of Smith's designs, Dubai's Burj Khalifa, for the honor of being the world's tallest building.

Smith planned the Burj Khalifa while he was with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; he's now at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. He took a few minutes to speak with The Huffington Post by phone from Saudi Arabia, where it was 115 degrees Tuesday when Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, King Abdullah's nephew and the chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company, announced that the construction will begin soon.

The tower, which will cost $1.2 billion and take 63 months to build, will include a Four Seasons hotel, apartments and condominiums, office space and the world's highest observatory. It will be at least 568 feet taller than the Burj Khalifa.

How was the process of designing the Kingdom Tower different from Burj Khalifa?

They both started with a competition. On Burj Khalifa, that competition was very short, really a competition of ideas only. We were selected for that project after just three or four weeks. On the Kingdom Tower, the competition process was about eight or nine months long. They started with nine entries and one was taken away each month. In the end it was just us and SOM and we won out.

Why does the world need a new tallest building? Why the focus on this distinction?

There's something very special about being the world's tallest building. Everyone wants to be able to do one. I think in this situation there is a development going around the tower -- a $29 billion development -- and this tower acts as a catalyst for that development. Putting such a tall tower in first actually increases the land value around the tower, so even if you don't make a lot of money on the tower itself you'll make money on the land.

On the cost of the tower itself, $1.2 billion, how does that compare with what you might find in the U.S.?

Well, New York is a very expensive place to build. In the Middle East you have very inexpensive labor and they work three shifts, so they keep going all around the clock. That helps keep the cost of construction low here. But it's comparable to Chicago, and other parts of the U.S.


Was the sky terrace a demand from the owner, or is it something you're happy with having on the building?

The idea started out as a helipad, and we came up with the projected, cantilevered dish. And then we started talking to pilots and they said, 'Well, up at that height it's going to be pretty difficult to land.' But the owner and we liked it so much that we thought we'd keep it as a sky terrace. It'll have a little garden; don't forget, six months of the year here it's a beautiful climate. The winter here, temperature wise, is a lot like living in California.

On a building like this, where it's by definition entirely new, what are the precedents and influences?

What struck us is that Saudi Arabia is trying to open itself up to more business and more opportunity. So we thought about the fact that this is a new vision for Saudi Arabia, and the idea of newness struck us. We thought about how the palm tree, when it's just starting out as a plant, it will grow to a point and then the prongs will separate. The building is not a replication of that but the idea influenced us.

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Old May 8th, 2014, 08:50 PM   #7686
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Isn't he Adrian Smith (Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill)??


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Old May 8th, 2014, 08:52 PM   #7687
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I think it looks a bit too short in this picture...

...At least some tens of meters.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 10:02 PM   #7688
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Looks correct to me.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 10:22 PM   #7689
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Yeah... Maybe it's just that it's growing so thin so fast...

Hmm... I'd like to see the Shanghai Tower between them in that same picture... Maby B.K. too...
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Old May 8th, 2014, 11:33 PM   #7690
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Some random useless pics from social networks

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also I don't know if this was posted before but this company is providing recycled rubber to be used in construction
http://www.kfa-ca.com/images/stories...12-9-2013b.pdf
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Old May 9th, 2014, 12:04 AM   #7691
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Instagram pictures are a good thing. It means more and more people are aware of the project and will hopefully be able to bring us pictures.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 12:07 AM   #7692
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No such thing in this thread, especially if they haven't been posted here before.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 12:12 AM   #7693
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Instagram pictures are a good thing. It means more and more people are aware of the project and will hopefully be able to bring us pictures.
Once the floors are rising we'll get enough pics for sure
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Old May 9th, 2014, 01:13 AM   #7694
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In which floor are they going to put the camels?
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In which floor are they going to put the camels?


Who cares? That's for the Valet's to worry about
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Old May 9th, 2014, 02:37 PM   #7696
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Is this an alternate design for Burj Khalifa?
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Old May 9th, 2014, 02:49 PM   #7697
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it is the floor layout, so the building without its final skin i think
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Old May 9th, 2014, 03:56 PM   #7698
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Ah, ok then
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Old May 10th, 2014, 04:08 AM   #7699
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Well, naked Kingdom Tower sure look a lot like Burj Khalifa.
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Old May 10th, 2014, 08:20 AM   #7700
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Wow I think it was one of Burj Khalifa's design! But it was Kingdom Tower without outer glass
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