How high does a tower need to reach before it’s considered too high? If you think relaxing up on top of the Burj Khalifa’s At.mosphere won’t give you vertigo, try Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower — a structure that will extend one mile upwards — almost twice the height of Dubai’s tallest.
Those Middle Eastern princes just can’t get enough of those insanely tall skyscrapers. Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, head of Kingdom Holding Company recently gave his approval for construction of what will be billed as the world’s tallest man-made structure — the Kingdom Tower.
Designed by Adrian Smith, the Kingdom Tower will be built in Saudi Arabia’s city of Jeddah. The tower will stretch one mile up into heavens and include 12 million cubic feet of space, several stories of office space, several stories for a hotel and four tiers of residential space, with the upper most tier reserved for “alternative energy generation” solutions (perhaps including a pendulum to keep the entire tower from collapsing).
The Kingdom Tower project is so large that it’ll cost $30 billion to construct. To get to the top from the ground floor, an elevator ride would take an estimated 12 minutes to ascend. That’s quite a journey for a view that is sure to be mostly sand and clouds.
As if it wasn’t already hard enough to keep the glass on the Burj Khalifa squeaky clean, think how much more difficult it’ll be to clean the dirt off windows twice as high up.