A mile? That's not even scraping the sky anymore -- that's an open-palm grope!
Because building a tower taller your neighbor's is making a comeback in proving your superiority (God, whatever happened to a good ol' fashioned pissing contest?!), Saudi Arabia plans on building a $30-billion(!!!!!!) skyscraper that's almost twice as tall as Dubai's current record-holder, the Burj Khalifa (828 m; 2,717ft) with a tower a full mile high (1,600 m; 5,280 ft). *shivers* YOU'RE GOING AGAINST NATURE.
Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, head of Kingdom Holding Company recently gave his approval for construction of what will be billed as the world's tallest man-made structure -- the Kingdom Tower.
Designed by Adrian Smith, the Kingdom Tower will be built in Saudi Arabia's city of Jeddah. The tower will stretch one mile up into heavens and include 12 million cubic feet of space, several stories of office space, several stories for a hotel and four tiers of residential space, with the upper most tier reserved for "alternative energy generation" solutions (perhaps including a pendulum to keep the entire tower from collapsing).
An elevator ride to the top is expected to take about 12-minutes, which is 11-and-half minutes longer than I could ever hold a fart trying to be a decent human being. Geez -- could you imagine getting to the bottom and realizing you left something upstairs? You'd have to just leave it OR IT'S ANOTHER 24-MINUTES BEFORE YOU'RE BACK DOWNSTAIRS. That's a f***ing commute and you haven't even left the building!
Hit the jump for a shot of the building's layout, as well as a video about it.
Thanks to Thomas, who likened the building to the Tower of Babel. Really? I think it looks more like a golden robot dick.