A new world record is about to be broken, next year the new tallest skyscraper in the world will be inaugurated. The Jeddah Tower or Kingdom Tower will break the record for the tallest building in the world held by the Burj Khalifa du Dubai.
It is now a record-breaking "duel" between oil-rich countries that aspire to hold the prestigious title of country with the tallest construction.
La Jeddah Tower
La Jeddah Tower also called Kingdom Tower is a skyscraper under construction which will be completed between 2018 and 2020.
It will be located in Saudi Arabia, in the city of Jeddah, and will hold the record for the tallest building in the world, with a height of about 1.000 meters (it will be the first skyscraper to exceed one kilometer in height).
Currently the record for the tallest skyscraper is held by the Burj Khalifa, in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which measures 828 meters.
The super-skyscraper will rise on the shores of the Red Sea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The project was announced on 2 August 2011 and is managed by American architect Adrian Smith.
The Jeddah Tower was originally designed for a height of 1.600 meters, but in May 2008 data obtained from ground studies revealed that this was not possible, so the height was reduced to 1000 meters.
It will be triangular in plan, to better withstand the forces exerted by the winds. Site preparation began in January 2012, while construction began on June 24, 2013.
The new building, which is expected to cost $ 1 billion, includes residential units, shops, restaurants, a landscaped garden, and a hotel.
There is also another project in the pipeline, which if made would beat everyone by far, it is the Sky Mile Tower a Tokyo. A tall skyscraper almost 1700 meters, which would practically be as high as 2 times the Burj Khalifa, which holds the current record.