Rabat – Saudi Arabia’s government unveiled on Sunday its plan to build the Jeddah Tower, the world’s tallest tower.
This tower will be nearly a kilometer tall and cost $1.23 billion dollar to construct.
It will be used for many different purposes, including hotels, offices, and apartments. The outside of the building will have many balconies. The top floor will be a penthouse apartment.
The tower will be over 200 hundred stories tall, and require 80,000 tons of steel to complete. The concrete foundation will be 60 meters deep. The tower is planned to be completed by 2020.
The building’s design, a mostly tapering upside-down “V” shape, was inspired by the image of bundle of leaves shooting up into the air, according to the website skyscrapercenter.com. Each wing of the building will taper at a different rate. The differences will allow the building to withstand wind pressure.
The tower is part of the larger endeavor, the construction of the Jeddah suburb. The Jeddah Economic Company and Saudi Arabia’s Alinma Investment plan to spend $2.2 billion on this project, including the tower.
The financial planning for this project took two years, according to Time magazine. This suburb will be primarily as a tourist attraction.
Currently, the world’s tallest building is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. When the 160-story building was built, the Burj Khalifa took the record for the tallest free-standing structure, previously held by Canada’s CN tower.