Frank Lloyd proposed a design of the world’s tallest building in the early 1950s. The Illinois would be a mile high skyscraper on the shoreline of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Its elevators were suggested to be powered by nuclear energy. However, the idea at that time seemed far-fetched, but the race of going closer to the clouds is paving the way for this vision to materialize.
The list has been compiled to enlighten the readers on the ongoing projects on sky-high buildings. Half of the buildings included in this list would shy the height of One World Trade Center. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat keep a check on under-construction buildings. There are many ambitious projects still in the pipeline aiming to join the world’s highest building club.
Burj Mubarak al-Kabir, Subiya, Kuwait
The building will be the world’s tallest tower if completed by 2035. It will be a residential building having 234 floors that can house 7000 people. The building will have ‘vertical villages’. It is a part of the Silk City Development of Kuwait. The silk City project of Sibiya will house more than 7000,000 people. It will have an Olympic stadium, airport, shopping complexes, and a centre for environmental studies.
Jeddah Towers, Saudi Arabia
The 3281 feet tall building is estimated to get completed by the end of 2021. This is going to be the first building to break the ceiling of 1 kilometre. The magnificent project has been funded by the billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and designed by the prodigal architect Adrian Smith, who designed Burj Khalifa.
He has designed several buildings worldwide like Hancock Center in America, Canary Wharf in London, and Jin Mao Tower in China. The Jeddah towers’ design is duplicated from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. An image of the building displayed on the website of Adrian Smith and Gordon Hill Architecture reflects a steel and glass marvel shooting up in the sky above the clouds.
The building will offer people a view from the 157th story. It will have double-decker cabins and a super speed elevator. The building was initially proposed to be one mile high like the Illinois, but the atmospheric and geological matrix will not allow this high structure to last.
Merdeka PNB118, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Another architectural wonder touching the 2113 feet would be completed by 2021. The city also houses the world’s tallest twin towers, César Pelli’s Petronas Towers. The building’s design has been orchestrated by the Australian firm Fender Katsalidis Architects. The firm has proved its prowess in building designs through many skyscrapers touching Melbourne’s skyline.
Dubai Creek Tower, Dubai, UAE
Dubai Creek Tower will be an observation tower and the world’s tallest supported tower. Its height would mimic Burj Khalifa at 828 meters. Aurecon, an Australia based engineering firm, is designing the structure along with Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. There will be a Pinnacle Room at the top, giving a 360 view of the city and emitting a beacon of light at night.