Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia plans to build the tallest building in the world in the next years that’s going to be dubbed as the Kingdom Tower and will be located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The tower will be the center piece of the Kingdom city development in Jeddah and will be around 175 meters/568 feet taller than the current tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The Saudi prince picked a construction company from his country, the Saudi Binladin Group, for this amazing project that’s going to cost a staggering 4.6 billion riyals which is around $1.2 billion to build. Kingdom Tower will measure around 1,000 meters (one kilometer or 3,280 feet!!) in height.
The building’s primary purpose will be to house a Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, Class A office spaces and luxury condominiums and it will also boast the world’s highest observatory.
The Kingdom Tower has been designed by Chicago-based architect Adrian Smith of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), exactly the same architect who designed the Burj Khalifa while he was working for Skidmore, Owings and Merill.
On 2 August 2011, it was publicly announced that the construction of this massive tower will start soon and that the tower construction is expected to take 63 months (5 years and 3 months) to complete.