Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture helms Kingdom Tower design

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is designing Kingdom Tower, eyed to be the world’s tallest building, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea.

The property is currently under construction, and is set to be completed in 2017.  When completed, the $1.25-billion tower is expected to have more than 200 floors serviced by 59 elevators..

Kingdom Tower’s primary designer is American architect Adrian Smith. Its main construction contractor is Saudi Binladin Group.

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At over 3,280 feet and a total construction area of 5.7 million square feet, Kingdom Tower will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of the Kingdom City development in north Jeddah. The tower’s height will be at least 568 feet taller than the world’s current tallest building, Dubai’s 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, which was designed by Adrian Smith while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Kingdom Tower will have a Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, Class A office space, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. There will also be retail outlets.

IMAGES FROM JEDDAH ECONOMIC COMPANY/ADRIAN SMITH + GORDON GILL ARCHITECTURE