Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural design services for Kingdom Tower, the centerpiece of the 23-million-square-meter new urban development known as Kingdom City. Upon completion, the tower will be the world’s tallest building at +1,000 meters.
With a total construction area of 530,000 square meters, the mixed-use building will house an opulent hotel, luxury condominiums, serviced apartments, office space, and observation deck. A high-performance exterior wall system will minimize energy consumption by reducing thermal loads. In addition, each of the tower’s three sides will feature a series of notches that create pockets of shadow shielding areas of the building from the sun and providing outdoor terraces with stunning views of Jeddah and the Red Sea.
The design of Kingdom Tower’s structural system is based on stringent performance criteria for supertall structures, utilizing both international performance standards and regional building codes. Key challenges of the project include establishing wind loads appropriate for the location and height of the building, producing a building form that minimizes the impact of wind loading while optimizing the structural system, design of the slender spire elements, and the design of a foundation system capable of supporting the loads induced by the heavily loaded structure while mitigating differential settlement.
Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Owner: Kingdom Holding Company
Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Area: 530,000 m²