An interview with Carol Willis, the director of New York City's Skyscraper Museum, explores the reasons for so many supertalls being built in in far-flung places. The Kingdom Tower by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill in Jeddah Saudi Arabia is also discussed.
With design of the Kingdom Tower in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture at more than 3,280 feet, we are seeing the bar raised so much higher. Why are so many supertall buildings springing up in Asia and the Middle East? Besides the money being there?
ON A CLEAR DAY On the 157th floor of the future Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has designed a 5,800-square-foot projecting, outdoor terrace (above), part of which will have a glass bottom. An observation deck also is planned for the 123rd floor. The reinforced-concrete tower, sheathed in high-performance glass (below), will taper to a height over 3,280 feet.