The most extreme architecture once again defies gravity and the winds. The Burj Khalifa will soon no longer be the tallest skyscraper in the world.
Many thought it would never come true, but Work has returned to the Jeddah Tower. It will become in the first skyscraper in history to exceed 1,000 meters in height.
Currently the tallest skyscraper in the world is the Burj Khalifa, which reaches 828 meters, in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). It was designed by architect Adrian Smiththe same one who has outlined the Torre Jeddah. The goal is for it to reach 1,000 meters in height.
Located in the city of Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia, the Jeddah Tower, or in Spanish, the Yeda Tower, has a budget of 1.2 billion dollars (1.125 million euros), and began construction a decade ago, in 2013. But the things went wrong.
Jeddah Tower, the kilometer-high skyscraper
After lifting 70 of the 170 plants, The project was stopped in 2018due to the country’s alleged economic problems.
The construction of the skyscraper is associated with a €20 billion project to economically revitalize the city of Jeddah, and with the project paralyzed, building the tower did not make much sense.
But, according to Design Boom, five years later, the works have resumed. And this time it seems that they are willing to go to the end. If they succeed, in a few years we will see something like this:
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (AS + GG)
Jeddah Tower will be a mixed-use building with a luxury hotel, offices, serviced apartments, and the world’s tallest observatory.
According to architectural firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (AS + GG), the tower evokes a bundle of leaves sprouting from the ground, a burst of new life that heralds more growth around it.
The three-petal footprint is ideal for residential units, and the tapered wings produce an aerodynamic shape that helps reduce structural loading due to wind vortex shedding.
It is a skyscraper with a triangular baseas it has been proven to be the most effective way to reduce wind thrust.
The building features a high-performance exterior wall system that reduces energy consumption. Each of the three sides of the Torre Jeddah It features a series of indentations that create pockets of shade that protect areas of the building from the sun, and offer outdoor terraces with stunning views of Jeddah and the Red Sea.
The sheer height of the Jeddah Tower requires one of the most sophisticated elevator systems in the world. It will have 59 elevators, 54 of them single-story and five two-story, as well as 12 escalators..
Another unique design feature is a terrace, about 30 meters in diameter, located on level 157. The terrace will be open to the general public. It will become the highest observatory in the world.
If everything goes as planned, The Jeddah Tower will be the first skyscraper in history to exceed 1,000 meters in height. An architectural landmark that makes us ask ourselves: where is the limit?