Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture | ITSLIQUID

Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Architecture | November 13, 2018 |

Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill ArchitectureImage courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Status: Ongoing
Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

At over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) and a total construction area of 530,000 square meters (5.7 million square feet), Jeddah Tower – formerly known as Kingdom Tower – will be the centerpiece and first construction phase of the $20 billion Kingdom City development in
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea.

Expected to cost $ 1.2billion to construct, Jeddah Tower will be a mixed-use building featuring a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. Jeddah Tower‘s height will be at least 173 meters (568 feet) taller than Burj Khalifa, which was designed by Adrian Smith while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill ArchitectureImage courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

AS+GG‘s design for Jeddah Tower is both highly technological and distinctly organic. With its slender, subtly asymmetrical massing, the tower evokes a bundle of leaves shooting up from the ground – a burst of new life that heralds more growth all around it. This symbolizes the tower as a catalyst for increased development around it.

The sleek, streamlined form of the tower can be interpreted as a reference to the folded fronds of young desert plant growth. The way the fronds sprout upward from the ground as a single form, then start separating from each other at the top, is an analogy of new growth fused with technology.

Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill ArchitectureImage courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

While the design is contextual to Saudi Arabia, it also represents an evolution and a refinement of an architectural continuum of skyscraper design. The three-petal footprint is ideal for residential units, and the tapering wings produce an aerodynamic shape that helps reduce structural loading due to wind vortex shedding. Jeddah Tower‘s design embraces its architectural pedigree, taking full advantage of the proven design strategies and technological strategies of its lineage, refining and advancing them to achieve new heights.

Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill ArchitectureImage courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The result is an elegant, cost-efficient and highly constructible design that is at once grounded in built tradition and aggressively forward-looking, taking advantage of new and innovative thinking about technology, building materials, life-cycle considerations and energy conservation. For example, the project will feature a high-performance exterior wall system that will minimize energy consumption by reducing thermal loads. In addition, each of Jeddah Tower‘s three sides features a series of notches that create pockets of shadow that shield areas of the building from the sun and provide outdoor terraces with stunning views of Jeddah and the Red Sea.

Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill ArchitectureImage courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The great height of Jeddah Tower necessitates one of the world’s most sophisticated elevator systems. The Jeddah Tower complex will contain 59 elevators, including 54 single-deck and five double-deck elevators, along with 12 escalators. Elevators serving the observatory will travel at a rate of 10 meters per second in both directions.

Another unique feature of the design is a sky terrace, roughly 30 meters (98 feet) in diameter, at level 157. The sky terrace will be open to the public and will be considered the world’s highest observatory when opened in 2020.

more. www.smithgill.com 

Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill ArchitectureImage courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


ITSLIQUID PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Uncategorized | January 24, 2022

ITSLIQUID Group is a cultural hub dedicated to the organization of international art exhibitions, art fairs, competitions, and communication/marketing services in the fields of art, architecture and design. During the last 20 years, it has organized more than 250 events around the world, involving over 5.000 artists, in more than 60 international venues, making contemporary art accessible to all. Read more


ORUM RESIDENCE BY SPF: ARCHITECTS

Design | January 24, 2022

Perched atop a Bel Air hilltop, Orum is a three-level, 18,800-square-foot home designed to subtly 'float' above its environs. Given its prominent positioning above a relatively developed neighborhood, the motivation behind the design of the home was to create a residence that could meld into its surroundings while maximizing views. The three-story structure, which takes on the shape of a three-winged propeller, is wrapped in glass that mirrors its sweeping views of the Los Angeles Basin, unobstructed from the Getty Center to Long Beach, Century City, and Downtown. Read more


HUDSON YARDS “JOURNEY TO THE…

Architecture | January 23, 2022

The 1,131-foot-high, cantilevered, open-air observation deck at 30 Hudson Yards called “The Edge” is the highest outdoor sky deck in the western hemisphere. Read more


THE CLOUDSCAPE OF HAIKOU

Architecture | January 18, 2022

MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has announced the opening of the Cloudscape of Haikou on the southern tip of China. A unique urban public and cultural space for citizens and visitors to Haikou, this flowing, sculptural concrete form was named as one of the “most anticipated architecture projects of 2021” by The Times of London. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!