Saudi Kingdom Tower to be the world’s tallest skyscraper – an annotated graphic

Here at E&T Towers, we always like to end the week on a high (sorry, couldn’t resist it), so herewith an infographic depicting the planned world’s tallest skyscraper.

Engineers in the Saudi city of Jeddah have begun laying the foundations for the Kingdom Tower, which when finished will be over 1km tall. Marvellous.

We can’t help feeling all this “world’s tallest building” one-up-manship is the architectural expression of national penis envy, but ours is not to reason why. And is it just us, or are these world’s tallest buildings all starting to look the same? Slender and pointy, with a disturbing similarity to those it inspired, like Keira Knightley in a Klan hood.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower
Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower

 

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2 thoughts on “Saudi Kingdom Tower to be the world’s tallest skyscraper – an annotated graphic

  1. I have to admit that I am somewhat at a loss to understand the race to build ever taller and taller. What is the environmental impact of these buildings, what is the relationship to the surrounding context and pressure on existing infrastructure? Is the cost of these buildings on a financial and environmental level really justifiable?

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