Jeddah Tower

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The Jeddah Tower, formerly known as Kingdom Tower and now under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will rise to or above the target of 1,000 meters – a kilometer – and surpass the current world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, by nearly 200 meters. Jeddah, a port city on the coast of the Red Sea and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s commercial capital, has grown to more than 4 million people. Jeddah Tower is the focal point of a new district in the desert, Kingdom City, a residential and commercial project designed to grow to 57 million ft².

The slender, tapering triangular form of the tower is created by a Y-shaped plan like the buttressed-core structural system developed for the Burj Khalifa. With a gross floor area of only 243,866 m. – far less usable space than One WTC, which is about half its height – the extraordinary height of the tower is unoccupied in its highest superstructure, but includes the world’s highest observation deck at 664 m. Principally residential, the tower has 325 apartments, a hotel with serviced apartments, and 7 floors of offices. The three facades feature notches that both “confuse the wind” and create shadow-shielding areas to reduce thermal loads. This high-performance facade system will also provide outdoor terraces with panoramic views of the surrounding city and the Red Sea.