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April 14 2011

Saudi Arabia to build mile high tower
Fifty Five years after Frank Lloyd Wright first dreamed of a mile high tower the vision looks likely to finally become reality after Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding Co granted its approval to its own dreams of a mile high edifice.

Casting a shadow over even Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (which it doubles in height) the desert skyscraper has been costed at a whopping £12bn to construct.

Estimates suggest it would take 12min for visitors to ascend through all 275 floors in a high speed lift but such technicalities haven't dissuaded the Saudi Royal family from pursuing their ambitions for a world beating structure to play host to hotels, offices, apartments and a shopping centre.

Taking the helm of the towers design will be Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, an American practice who will design and build the record breaking tower prior to a nine square mile ‘city within a city’ rising around the towers on the outskirts of Jeddah.

Masterplanned by HOK and Omrania this city will house around 80,000 homes alongside facilities to cater for an expected million tourists per year who are anticipated to come flocking to gawk at the cloud busting set piece.

6 Comments

Miraculous Night Flight To Glasgow On The Back Of A Sheep
#1 Posted by Miraculous Night Flight To Glasgow On The Back Of A Sheep on 14 Apr 2011 at 17:25 PM
'Estimates suggest it would take 12min for visitors to ascend through all 275 floors in a high speed lift...'

Will women and men be required to ride separate elevators to the top of this tower?

Or will there be a single elevator fitted with a partition to segregate each sex?
h.a.
#2 Posted by h.a. on 14 Apr 2011 at 17:32 PM
I guess that it will be as the local culture demands
Miraculous Night Flight To Glasgow On The Back Of A Sheep
#3 Posted by Miraculous Night Flight To Glasgow On The Back Of A Sheep on 14 Apr 2011 at 17:56 PM
I take it then that anyone caught practicing frottage in the elevator will be beheaded.
RI
#4 Posted by RI on 15 Apr 2011 at 01:53 AM
More money than sense, anyone?
mama jinayshin
#5 Posted by mama jinayshin on 15 Apr 2011 at 13:53 PM
It's probably more likely that the segregation will consist of men-lifts and women-stairs.

Infidels will just have to stay outside, flocking to gawk.
Otis Lift
#6 Posted by Otis Lift on 20 Apr 2011 at 22:59 PM
Typical Westerners, All What You Cared about is Sex, and Equality in Elevators!!!
No Comments Regarding the Building Itslef.
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