Mile High Skyscraper Planned for Saudi Arabia

While turmoil rages throughout the Middle East and commodities prices stay high, news out of Saudi Arabia includes plans for a 1 mile high skyscraper. Laurie Hanna at the Daily Mirror reports the story:

Plans were unveiled yesterday for Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia which will be exactly one mile high.

It will have 275 floors and be twice the height of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is currently the world’s tallest building.

Kingdom Tower is expected to cost £12billion to construct and it will take 12 minutes to reach the top in a lift.

Members of the Saudi royal family unveiled the proposals showing that the megastructure will include hotels, offices apartments and a shopping centre.

The race to build the world’s tallest building has intensified in recent years leading some critics to wonder to what end?

But the project has been criticised by Rory Olcayto, deputy editor of The Architects’ Journal, who said: “The race to build the highest skyscraper is quite futile – where do you stop?

“These buildings are a symbol of an old-fashioned way of thinking.”

Any thoughts on this? Have we reached a point of diminishing returns with skyscrapers? Architecture has always had a socio-political-economic meaning — think Donald Trump for a basic example.

To learn more about entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia, read about how the country performs on the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index.

(Image from the Daily Mirror)

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