Kingdom Centre

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Not to be confused with Kingdom Tower or Kingdom Shopping Centre.
Kingdom Centre
برج المملكة
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Residential condominiums
Hotel
Architectural style Modernism
Location King Fahad Road
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Coordinates 24°42′41″N 46°40′28″E / 24.711389°N 46.674444°E / 24.711389; 46.674444Coordinates: 24°42′41″N 46°40′28″E / 24.711389°N 46.674444°E / 24.711389; 46.674444
Construction started 1999
Completed 2002
Cost SAR 1.7 billion
Height
Architectural 302.3 m (991.80 ft)
Top floor 290.4 m (952.76 ft)
Observatory 290.4 m (952.76 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 74
2 below ground
Floor area 185,000 m2 (1,991,323 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 45
Design and construction
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Omrania and Associates
Developer Kingdom Holding Company
Structural engineer Arup
Main contractor EL-Seif Engineering Contracting
References
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Kingdom Centre (Arabic: برج المملكة‎), is a 65-storey, 302.3 m (992 ft) skyscraper in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is the third tallest skyscraper in the country after the Abraj Al Bait Towers and the Burj Rafal, and is the world's third tallest building with a hole after the Shanghai World Financial Center and Tuntex Sky Tower.

Besides the shopping mall, Kingdom Tower contains the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh and state-of-the-art apartments. There is a 56 m (184 ft) skybridge atop the skyscraper.[2]

The building is situated on 100,000 square metres site with carparking for 3,000 vehicles.[5]

The upper third of the tower features an inverted parabolic arch.[5] The building utilises butt jointed glazing which, combined with the lack of both distinguished floor lines and other tall buildings around it, gives an impression of immense scale and an iconic quality.[5] The lower two thirds were constructed with a reinforced concrete frame while the top third has a tubular steel frame.[5]

The architectural model maker of the Center was Richard Tenguerian.

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