At six feet, Adrian Smith is quite high for an architect.
But now, with the announcement that his tower UK in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will begin construction this year, can be described as the chief architect of the world. After all, the Tower of the kingdom, which shall be at least 3280 meters high, is eclipsing other designs Smith, the Burj Dubai, Khalifa, for the honor of being the tallest building in the world.
Smith planned the Burj Dubai while he was with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, now Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. It took a few minutes to talk with The Huffington Post by telephone from Saudi Arabia, where it was 115 degrees on Tuesday, when the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Abdullah and President of Kingdom Holding Company has announced that the construction begin soon.
The tower, which will cost $ 1. 2 billion and take 63 months to build, will include a Four Seasons hotel, apartments and condominiums, offices and the world's highest observatory. Will be at least 568 feet taller than the Burj Dubai.
How was the process of designing the tower Burj Dubai United different?
The two began the competition. The Burj Dubai, the competition was very short, really only a contest of ideas. We were selected for this project after only three or four weeks. In the Tower Kingdom, the competition process was about eight or nine months. They started with nine inputs and one was taken a month. In the end it was just us and soil organic matter and we won.
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