Saudi Arabia Starts Building the World’s Tallest Skyscraper

The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah is going to be One Kilometer tall, overtopping the actual tallest skyscraper; Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Saudi Arabia is planning to start building the world’s tallest tower the coming week, that tower will rise one kilometer in the skies of Jeddah when it is implemented.

The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah is going to measure 3,280 feet (1km), about 568 feet (173 meters) higher than the actual Guinness world record holder, Burj Khalifa of Dubai that reaches about 2,716 feet (827 meters).

At an expected cost of 1.23 billion dollars, the Burj in Saudi Arabia is going to require nearly 5.7 million square feet of concrete, and about 80,000 tons of steel in order to build the 200 floors. According to the Saudi Gazette, it is going to take 5 years to be finalized.

The Burj that is located near to the Red Sea, is going to have a 5 star Four Seasons hotel, living accomodations, office area and an observatory.

But building the Burj isn’t going to happen without facing some challenges.

First, the structure of the tower should be capable of withstanding the near ocean’s salty water.

Consultants Advanced Construction Technology Services are going to be checking the strength of various concretes that may be utilized for constructing the 200 feet of the tower; including around sixty meters in the deep foundations.

Second, a problem may take place because of the wind load for this giant tower, that is why the building is going to make a change in its shape on a regular basis to foresee it.

Gordon Gill, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, the design architects for the building, mentioned in the Construction Weekly:  “because it changes shape every few floors, the wind loads go round the building and won't be as extreme as on a really solid block."

Another problem is delivering concrete to the tower’s top floors. During building the Burj Khalifa, six million cubic feet of concrete was being pushed by a single pump at night when the temperature lowered enough to assure that it would be initialized, and that might happen in Saudi Arabia too.

While the plans for the building are aspiring, Sang Dae Kim, the Council of Tall Buildings’ director, said to Construction Weekly that constructing a tower 1,000 meters in to the sky was possible.

“At this point in time we can build a tower that is one kilometer, maybe two kilometers. Any higher than that and we will have to do a lot of homework,” he said.


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