Construction progress as of August 2015; the tower is up to Level 21 with the core walls. Courtesy EC Harris/Mace (photo), AS+GG (renderings) and Saul Moreno / Thornton Tomasetti (models).
We are providing structural design services for Kingdom Tower, which will become the world’s tallest building at more than 1,000 meters. It forms a mixed-use centerpiece of Kingdom City, a 23-million-square-meter urban development.
A High Performance Structural System
Kingdom Tower’s structural system is based on stringent performance criteria for supertall structures, utilizing both international performance standards and regional building codes. Key challenges of the project include establishing wind loads appropriate for the location and building height, producing a building form that minimizes wind loading while optimizing the structural system, design of the slender spire elements, and design of a foundation system that supports the heavy loads and mitigates differential settlement.
A Mixed-Use Giant
Kingdom Tower, at 530,000 square meters, will house an opulent hotel, luxury condominiums, serviced apartments, office space and an observation deck. A high-performance exterior wall system will minimize energy consumption by reducing thermal loads. Each of the tower’s three sides will feature a series of notches that create pockets of shadow shielding areas of the building from the sun and providing outdoor terraces with stunning views of Jeddah and the Red Sea.
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