The world’s tallest buildings are reaching dizzy heights. Currently the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 828 metres high, is the world’s highest. Compare that with the Shard which stands at ‘just’ 244 metres and yet is the tallest in Western Europe, and you begin to get a sense of just how tall some of these buildings are becoming.
Next year will see the completion of the Shanghai Tower but, at 632m tall, that will still be almost 200 metres short of the Burj Khalifa. So what are the tallest buildings of the future and when will we see the first to reach an ear-popping 1,000 metres?
The answer to that last question is, apparently, as early as 2018. The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia will have 167 floors and reach a height of 1,000m. Designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, construction work on the tower began in March this year.
$20bn plans for the building’s construction include a large, glass-floored, outdoor sky terrace that will overlook the Red Sea.
It will also be home to a Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, office space, luxury condos and the world’s highest observatory. Such is the scale of the building that it will have no less than 59 high-tech elevators.