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About Kingdom Real Estate

Kingdom Holding Company is one of the world’s most successful and diversified investment holding companies. Based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) is a publicly listed company on the Tadawul (Saudi Stock Exchange).

Led by one of the world's leading investors, Chairman HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, KHC utilizes the experience and expertise of a small team of multidisciplinary professionals – all experts in their field – to monitor and operate the global interests of the company.

KHC is internationally renowned for its interest in both high performance global brands and strategic regional interests. The company utilizes detailed selection criteria to identify optimum opportunities to invest and realize value from undervalued or underperforming assets nationally and internationally, appreciating potential for the long term.

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Kingdom Real Estate at CTBUH

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings

13 Oct 2016, CTBUH Research – The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous…

Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day Two

Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day Two

12 Jun 2013, Conference Activity – See the highlights from the second day of the CTBUH 2013 London…

Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day Three

Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day Three

21 Sep 2012, Conference Activity Report – See the highlights from the third day of the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai…

Kingdom Real Estate at CTBUH

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day Two
12 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity
See the highlights from the second day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including The Shard Networking Reception.
Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day Three
21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the third day of the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress including the plenary on the past, present, and future World's Tallest Buildings.
CTBUH Releases Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…

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Talal Al Maiman

Talal Al Maiman

CTBUH Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2012
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

CTBUH Resources Involving Kingdom Real Estate

Engineering the Structure for Jeddah Tower

21 Oct 2018 – John Peronto, Thornton Tomasetti

Quay Quarter Tower: Humanizing the High-Rise

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Kim Nielsen, 3XN

How High Can We Go? (Highlight)

16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series
Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp; Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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Highest Special-Purpose Spaces

29 Jul 2019 – CTBUH Journal Issue III

The Middle East: 30+ Years of Building Tall

Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue IV
CTBUH Research

Challenges in the Architectural Technical Design of the New Generation of Supertall Buildings

Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1
Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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Videos

Engineering the Structure for Jeddah Tower
21 Oct 2018 – John Peronto, Thornton Tomasetti
Construction of the 1000+ meter tall Jeddah Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is currently well under way with all tower piling and raft foundation works completed, and the superstructure concrete reaching 270 meters in height. The presentation…
Quay Quarter Tower: Humanizing the High-Rise
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Kim Nielsen, 3XN
Quay Quarter Tower (QQT) will create a stunning new building on the Sydney skyline that sets new benchmarks in office tower design globally and creates an exemplary international commercial address. The tower is the antithesis of the prevailing…
How High Can We Go? (Highlight)
16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp; Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Thursday, March 16, 2017. Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the first event in the Building Tall lecture series featured presentations by Antony Wood of CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti of…
Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: How High Can We Go?
16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp, Gordan Gill, Adrain Smill + Gordon Gill Architecture
Thursday, March 16, 2017. Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the first lecture of the series Building Tall features presentations by Antony Wood of CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti of…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Panel,"Tall Buildings and Context: How High Can We Go and Why Should We?"
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Karl Almstead, Turner Construction Company; Andrew Nicholson, CBRE; Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton; Ian Smith, thyssenkrup
Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Karl Almstead, Turner Construction Company; Andrew Nicholson, CBRE; Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton; Ian Smith, thyssenkrup present in the 2016 China Conference…
Saudi Arabia, Jeddah City and Jeddah Tower
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has embarked on an ambitious project to construct the world’s tallest building, Jeddah Tower. Surrounding the kilometer-plus building will be a new city built out of the desert on the outskirts of Jeddah. Together, Jeddah…
Jeddah Mall: The Connection Between Jeddah Tower and the Urban Environment
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Denis Valode, Valode & Pistre Architects
The Jeddah Economic City Mall and Exhibition Center is a multi-functional installation that rises up to the challenge of making the city walkable around the Jeddah Tower. This presentation featured a discussion of what makes this project unique,…
Lighting the Next Tallest Building in the World, the Jeddah Tower
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Pierre Marcout, Prisme Entertainment
Following experience around the world with tall buildings and monuments, Pierre Marcout has sought to transmit his passion for highlighting monuments for new constructors and their iconic buildings. After testing monuments such as the Burj Khalifa…
CTBUH Video Interview – Mounib Hammoud
18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company
Mounib Hammoud of Jeddah Economic Company is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Mounib discusses the Jeddah Economic City development centered around the Jeddah Tower.
CTBUH 2016 China Conference Jeddah City & Jeddah Tower Q&A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company; Denis Valode, Valode & Pistre Architects; Piere Marcout, Prisme Entertainment
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company; Denis Valode, Valode & Pistre Architects; Piere Marcout, Prisme Entertainment answer questions at the end of 2016 China…
Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 4c: Structural & Geotechnic Engineering. As the draw to urban centers increases drastically with financial growth and global…
Carbon-Fiber Hoisting Technology Pushes High-Rise Buildings Even Higher
17 Oct 2016 – Jeffrey Montgomery, KONE
As cities around the world rise higher to accommodate booming urban populations, new technologies are helping overcome the limitations on building upwards. The travel height of elevators hoisted by traditional steel ropes is restricted by the weight…
Kingdom Tower/Kingdom City: History in the Making
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; H.E. Abdulrahman Al-Shaikh, Ministry of Municipalities & Rural Affairs; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company
Jeddah Economic Company's mission to envision, to design, to build, and to manage – in short, to master plan in the fullest sense – an unprecedentedly vibrant urban center is discussed. Kingdom Tower will establish the city of Jeddah as a functional…
Interview: Mounib Hammoud
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company
Mounib Hammoud of Jeddah Economic Company is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Mounib discusses developing the Jeddah Tower and the urban infrastructure around the building.
2015 New York Conference - Plenary 2 - Q&A
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
H.E. Abdulrahman Al-Shaikh, MOMRA; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company; Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property Group; and Sorapoj Techakraisri, PACE Development, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference Plenary 2: Developing Tall in the…
Adopting a Program Management Approach to Maximize the Benefit of ‘Vertical Cities’
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Keith Brooks, ARCADIS
Tall buildings are bigger, better, faster and more prevalent than ever. The race among the world's cities to build the tallest, ultimate record-busting skyscraper on the planet is fast and furious. Well-executed skyscrapers can be a real economic-…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Supertall towers, when done correctly, are the catalyst for the city or district around them. They give an area an identity. They increase the local economy and connect that local community to the global one. If done right, a supertall tower will put…
Elevator Designs for the Kingdom Tower
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; James Fortune, Fortune Shepler Consulting
When it is completed in 2019, the 167-story mixed-use Kingdom Tower will become the new World's Tallest Tower. It will contain multiple, stacked mixed-use population zones, including subterranean parking, building entry/amenity/retail floors, office…
From Supertall to Megatall: Analysis and Design of the Kingdom Tower Piled Raft
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; George Leventis & Alan Poeppel, Langan
As part of the booming development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Langan international was hired to assist in all phases of soil investigation and foundation design for the Kingdom Tower. The objective of this presentation is to present the aspects…
2015 New York Conference - Session 1b - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Keith Brooks, ARCADIS Architects; George Leventis, Langan; and Alan Poeppel, Langan, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference Session 1b: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah.
2015 New York Conference - Session 2b - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
Santeri Suoranta, KONE; James Fortune, Fortune Shepler Consulting; and David Pilzer, Israel Ministry of Finance, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference Session 2b: Advances in Vertical Transport.
Interview: Jon Galsworthy
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jon Galsworthy, RWDI
Jon Galsworthy of RWDI is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Jon discusses the sustainability of tall buildings.
Should foreign investors purchasing and minimally occupying high-rise apartments be restricted?
Mar 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate Development Company; Nigel Biggs, CBRE; Paul Finch, World Architecture Festival; Peter Wynne Rees, City of London
Industry leaders answering this question include: Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate Development Company; Nigel Biggs, CBRE; Paul Finch, World Architecture Festival; and Peter Wynne Rees, City of London.
Is it possible to construct a completely pre-fabricated megatall building (i.e. over 600 meters)?
Jul 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; Ken Shuttleworth, Make Architects; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Zhang Yue, Ch
Industry leaders answering this question include: Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; Ken Shuttleworth, Make Architects; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; and Zhang Yue…
Interview: Kingdom Tower
12 Jun 2013 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate
Talal Al Maiman of Kingdom Real Estate is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Talal talks about Kingdom Tower, the world's next tallest building at over 1,000 meters, and the impact it will have…
Interview: Elevator Innovation
21 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; James Fortune, Fortune Shepler Consulting
James Fortune of Fortune Shepler Consulting is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. James discusses the role of elevators in tall buildings and some of the new innovations that are planned…
Kingdom Tower: A New Icon for Saudi Arabia
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Talal Al-Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate
This presentation provides an introduction to, and overview of, Kingdom Tower – expected to be the world’s tallest building, at over 1,000 meters, when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The presentation outlines the project’s history,…
Plenary 3 - The Past, Present and Future of “the World’s Tallest” Q & A
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
Session Chair Timothy Johnson moderates as the panel consisting of: Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corp.; David Bradford, Turner International; & Talal Al-Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate Development Co. take questions from delegates.
Interview: Creating Spaces
19 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Gordon shares the status of the Kingdom Tower, the next tallest building at over 1,000 meters, and…
Interview: Kingdom Tower
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Adrian Smith of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Adrian discusses the future tallest building, the 1km+ Kingdom Tower in Jeddah and his experiences…
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This presentation presents the evolution of Mr. Smith’s career as a designer of supertall buildings, from Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower, completed in 1999, to Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: 40 Years of Designing the Supertall
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
As one of the world’s foremost experts on supertall buildings, Adrian has contributed greatly to the development of this highly specialized building type. Adrian will discuss his life’s work in tall buildings, including landmark towers such as the…
The Evolution of an Idea
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
In this talk, Adrian Smith traces the origin of the skyscraper from the early 20th-century tripedal designs to beyond the world's next tallest building.

Papers/Research

Highest Special-Purpose Spaces
29 Jul 2019 – CTBUH Journal Issue III
Since humans first began constructing tall buildings, history has been cluttered with claims of all manner of “highest” records. In this study, we examine those claims to unconventional or “special-purpose” spaces that would ordinarily be found in…
The Middle East: 30+ Years of Building Tall
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue IV; CTBUH Research
The Middle East region is hosting its first CTBUH International Conference since 2008. In that year, there were 119 completed buildings of 150 meters or greater height. Ten years later, there are now 387 such buildings either completed or topped…
Challenges in the Architectural Technical Design of the New Generation of Supertall Buildings
Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The design of a supertall building poses many challenges to the architect and engineer. Using Jeddah Tower as a case study; this paper intends to discuss a few of those challenges specifically related to the arrangement of programmed spaces in the…
The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2017
Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I; CTBUH Staff, CTBUH
In 2017, 144 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed. This is the fourth record-breaking year in a row, and it brings the total number of 200-meter-plus buildings in the world to 1,319, marking an increase of 12.3% from 2016, and a…
Vertical Shortening Considerations in the 1 km Tall Jeddah Tower
Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; John Peronto, Robert Sinn & Matthew Huizinga, Thornton Tomasetti
Jeddah Tower will be the first man-made structure to reach a kilometer in height upon its completion in 2019. From conception, it was clear that an all-concrete superstructure would present many advantages for a building of such unprecedented height…
Saudi Arabia, Jeddah City and Jeddah Tower
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has embarked on an ambitious project to construct the world’s tallest building, Jeddah Tower. Surrounding the kilometer-plus building will be a new city built out of the desert on the outskirts of Jeddah, stretching to an…
Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Dennis Poon & Larry B. Giannechini, Thornton Tomasetti
As the draw to urban centers increases drastically with financial growth and global influence, emerging markets seek to develop salient markers of success and hope. This paper explores the trend of defining an icon with a mixed-use development, and…
Kingdom Tower / Kingdom City: History in the Making
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Mounib Hammoud, CEO, Jeddah Economic Company
Jeddah Economic Company has embarked on a mission to construct Kingdom Tower, which will be the tallest building in the world upon completion. The kilometer-plus skyscraper will anchor the Kingdom City development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, creating a…
Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Peter Weismantle & Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
During the spring of 2009, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) began working on a prototype of a mile-high tower. With an eye to the future, AS+GG’s interest was to understand the potential and challenges of creating a tower that was…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Adrian Smith & Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
AS+GG’s Director of Supertall Technology interviews AS+GG Partner Adrian Smith about the impact that supertall buildings have on a city’s identity, economy, ecological impact, and ultimately, its future.
Adopting a Program Management Approach to Maximize the Benefit of “Vertical Cities”
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Keith Brooks, Julio Maggi, Derek Roy & Bryony Day, ARCADIS
Tall building construction can benefit from a programmatic approach. By looking at the overall development as a whole program of works, identifying the deliverables required to achieve desired business outcomes, managing the interfaces with the…
From Supertall to Megatall: Analysis and Design of the Kingdom Tower Piled Raft
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; George Leventis, Alan Poeppel & Konstantinos Syngros, Langan International LLC
As part of the booming development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Langan international was hired to assist in all phases of soil investigation and foundation design for the Kingdom Tower. The challenging geography of the site chosen for the tower…
Elevator Designs for the Kingdom Tower
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; James Fortune, Fortune Shepler Saling Inc. Elevator Consulting
When it is completed in 2018, the mixed-use Kingdom Tower will become the new World’s Tallest Tower. It will contain multiple, stacked mixed-use population zones, including subterranean parking, building entry/amenity/ retail floors, office zone…
Carbon-Fiber Hoisting Technology
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Santeri Suoranta & Jeff Montgomery, KONE
The ability to build ever higher has always pushed available technologies to their limits, including elevator technology. Traditional elevators utilizing steel ropes are limited by how high they can travel, often requiring transfer floors for…
World’s Highest Observation Decks
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; CTBUH Research
Perhaps no element of a tall building is more closely related to the pure pleasure of standing high in the sky and taking in the view of one’s surroundings than observation decks. Often adding an important source of revenue for the structures that…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
The Competition for the Tallest Skyscraper - Implications for Global Ethics and Economics
Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; Christopher Michaelson, University of St. Thomas
An iconic skyscraper has aesthetic significance that may have meaning for other aspects of human experience – serving, for example, as an expression of cultural and ethical values and a symbol of economic power. This study examines the competition…
Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
Apr 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I; Peter Weismantle & Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will be the tall building to go where no building has gone before – beyond 1,000 meters. For the first time, the team at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill discuss at length the process that went into designing a one-…
Debating Tall: The Pros and Cons of Reaching for the Sky
1 Mar 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I
This issue’s cover story on Kingdom Tower details the latest quest for the industry to reach new heights. However taller doesn’t always lead to better. This month’s debate topic, “Should buildings go taller?”
Kingdom Tower: A New Icon for Saudi Arabia
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate
Kingdom Tower - expected to be the world’s tallest building, at over 1,000 meters, when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is outlined in this paper including the project’s history, the competitive process that led to the selection of the…
20 Years of High-Rise Fire Safety: From Jin Mao to Kingdom Tower
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; James H. Antell, RJA; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper will discuss the evolution of fire safety concepts in the recent generation of high rise buildings starting with “early” 1990’s designs in China and trace the development of new active and passive features that have followed and are…
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The paper traces the evolution of Mr. Smith’s career as a designer of supertall buildings, the Jin Mao Tower (1999) to Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building when completed in 2017. He discusses his contextual approach to design, which…
Debating Tall: A Supertall Future in the US?
27 Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Paul Beitler, Beitler Real Estate Services LLC
In 1990, only 11 buildings in the world could be counted as a “supertall” (defined as a building over 300 meters tall), and all but one could be found in the United States. By the end of 2011, the number of supertall buildings in the world had risen…
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
18 Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters (around 2,000 feet) – that’s twice the height of the Eiffel Tower.
Tall and Urban: An Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; CTBUH Research
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…

Tall Buildings Involving Kingdom Real Estate

1   Jeddah Tower - 1000 m Jeddah
2   Kingdom Centre 2002 302 m Riyadh
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Jeddah Tower - 1000 m Jeddah
2   Kingdom Centre 2002 302 m Riyadh
  Completed   Under Constr.