Kingdom
Tower
1,000+m/
3,200+ ft
Jeddah
Ping An
Finance
Centre
660 m/
2,165 ft
Shenzhen
Signature
Tower Jakarta
638 m/
2,093 ft
Jakarta
Shanghai
Tower
632 m/
2,073 ft
Shanghai
Triple One
620 m/
2,034 ft
Seoul
Wuhan Greenland
Centre
606 m/
1,988 ft
Wuhan
Makkah
Royal Clock
Tower Hotel
601 m/
1,972 ft
Mecca
Goldin
Finance 117
597 m/
1,957 ft
Tianjin
Burj Khalifa
828 m/
2,717 ft
Dubai
The 20 tallest buildings in 2020, as projected by CTBUH, eight of which can be classified as mega tall (above 600 metres).
The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah
Construction began last year on this record-breaking feat
ofskyscraper innovationand iscurrentlyplanned for com-
pletion in 2019. It will be the first-ever building to reach
one kilometre in height. The 167-floor tower will house
a luxury hotel, residential and commercial real estate as
well as the world’s highest observatory.
It’sultra-modernisticdesignwitha triangular footprint
and sharply pointed vertex is said to resemble a desert
plant shooting upwards, symbolizing Saudi Arabia’s
growth and future, as well as Jeddah’s role as a gateway
to the holy city of Mecca.
A 23-hectare area called the Kingdom Tower Water
Front District will surround the tower with public use
areas, a shopping mall, as well as other residential and
commercial real estate developments.
Another feature,mostcertainlynotfor theacrophobic,
will be the so-called sky terrace, a circular, glass-floored
balcony located 610mhigh with a dramatic view looking
out over the Red Sea. Access will be restricted solely to
the penthouse on the 157
th
floor. The terrace was origi-
nally planned to be a helipad but was deemed inappro-
priate for this purpose.
As with some of the other signature buildings pro-
filed in this story, the tower will be the centerpiece of a
larger, surrounding development. In this case, the devel-
opment, called Kingdom City, will occupy approximately
five square kilometres of primewaterfront property along
the Red Sea.
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