Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kingdom Tower

The current world's highest tower "Burj Khalifa" in Dubai will soon be replaced by another higher tower.  The new tower "Kingdom Tower" in Saudi Arabia will be 1.6km high.  It will have 275 floors and be twice the height of Burj Khalifa.

Kingdom Tower is expected to cost £12billion to construct and it will take 12 minutes to reach the top in a lift.  It will be financed by the Saudi royal family-owned Kingdom Holding Company which is chaired by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and is the nation’s largest company.

I do agree with Rory Olcayto (deputy editor of The Architects’ Journal) that “The race to build the highest skyscraper is quite futile – where do you stop?"

With the earthquake that happened not too long ago in Japan, it makes me wonder what will happen if disaster happens to these high towers...  For some reasons, this reminds me of the Tower of Babel in Bible...  The money could have much better use than to show off.


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