The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest man-made structure for almost 4,000 years. More recently however, retaining that title for a couple of years seems like quite a feat.
When it was completed in 2009, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa was by far taller than any existing building and became quite a challenge to surpass.
We thought we could breathe a sigh of relief for a couple decades at least and get on with the important stuff. Alas, that was not to be.
Many other contenders, mostly in Arab states, have appeared to grab the title of the tallest building in the world. The most ambitious of these is undoubtedly Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower.
This is how it would have compared to Burj Dubai and other planned buildings (image via Seraphus), though now it will only reach somewhere near the second white line:
Originally dubbed the Mile High Tower, the building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, would have been a mile high, almost twice the height of the Burj Dubai.
However, after soil testing, the height was reduced significantly to about 3,280 feet (or 1km) and the name was changed to the current Kingdom Tower.
In traditional rich, Middle East Sheikh fashion, the exact height is being kept a secret and it could still end up higher than a kilometer, but let’s wait and see.
Whatever the final height, the view from a balcony this high would be something really amazing.
The Middle East isn’t a place that’s short of land so the building craze seems more about ego and vanity than anything else.
At such a troubled stage in our recent history, it is sad to see an arms race to build the world’s tallest building.
Anybody else think we should be solving other problems first? World peace? Hunger? Finding Elvis?