Taller than Burj Khalifa – Jeddah Tower – Top 10 Facts About Jeddah Tower
As a human being, we are constantly looking forward to challenging ourselves. In this pursuit, humans have built such gigantic structures that literally could not be imagined a few hundred years ago.
As we all know that at present the title of the world’s tallest building is with Burj Khalifa. Today we will discuss soon to be tallest building “Jeddah Tower”. Jeddah Tower is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Once complete, the Jeddah Tower will stand at least 3,300 feet (1,000 meters) tall, 500+ feet taller than Burj Khalifa.
Height is truly an astonishing factor, but other than that there are some cool factors that you should know about. Let’s have a look at the top 10 facts about Jeddah Tower:
- Jeddah Tower was formerly called the Kingdom Tower, this structure will have the world’s highest observatory. Also, it will have a separate 98-foot-diameter outdoor balcony. Originally this balcony was intended to be a helipad.
- The shape of Jeddah Tower is functional. Jeddah Tower is designed as a three-sided shard, the aerodynamics of the building is necessary to fight the wind as well as gravity. Further, it has been also taken care of to maximise usable/rentable area in the building. The structural design of Jeddah Tower offsets the large core size on the lower floors by widening the base, at the same time, the shape of the structure also narrows the core overall, making it less space-consuming at the top.
- Jeddah Tower is so big that they are unable to show it realistically in one single rendering. Only birds-eye view and elevations can contain the entire project.
- The foundation piles of Jeddah Tower are 10 feet in diameter, about the size of a small room and can reach up to 360 feet in length.
- It’s on a plinth! But joking aside, the building does meet the ground in a highly thoughtful and calculative way. Transportation routes crisscross around it, and the plinth melds it with its urban surroundings.
- For a tower of this size, such form is interesting. The “three petal” plan of Jeddah Tower allows separate extrusions to nudge against each other, whereas the profile is inspired by folded fronds of young desert plant growth. Gill-like indentations add another scale of visual intrigue to this tower.
- All along the three sides of Jeddah Tower, there are super-cool patios. Each side of the Jeddah Tower will feature a series of shaded notches where outdoor terraces are designed to offer extreme views of Jeddah and the Red Sea.
- It is estimated that the Jeddah Tower will contain 80,000 tons of steel. The gross floor area of Jeddah Tower will be 2.6 Million Square Feet (243,866 Square Meters) and there will be over 252 stories.
- Jeddah Tower will have 12 escalators and 59 elevators (five of these elevators will be double-decker). However, in order to avoid nausea due to changes in air pressure at such high altitudes, the lifts will not reach the speeds of normal elevators. In order to eliminate the need for excessively huge cables, three sky lobbies have been constructed to prevent any one elevator from having to go all the way to the top.
- In order to minimise energy consumption, Jeddah Tower will feature a high-performance exterior wall system, including low-conductivity glass to reduce thermal loads. In short, both inside and outside of the building will have high-tech features.
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