Kingdom Centre

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Kingdom Centre
مركز المملكة
A recent image of Kingdom Center dated January 13th 2017.
Kingdom Centre is located in Saudi Arabia
Kingdom Centre
Location within Saudi Arabia
Alternative names Riyadh City Center
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Residential condominiums
Architectural style Modernism
Location King Fahad Road
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Coordinates 24°42′41″N 46°40′28″E / 24.7113°N 46.6744°E / 24.7113; 46.6744Coordinates: 24°42′41″N 46°40′28″E / 24.7113°N 46.6744°E / 24.7113; 46.6744
Construction started 1999
Completed 2002
Cost SR 1.7 billion (US$453 million)
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 99
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

Kingdom Centre (Arabic: برج المملكة‎), is a 99-storey, 302.3 m (992 ft) skyscraper in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is the fifth tallest skyscraper in the country, whose tallest two buildings are the Abraj Al Bait Towers and the Capital Market Authority Tower, and is the world's third tallest building with a hole after the Shanghai World Financial Center and the 85 Sky Tower in Taiwan.

When completed back in 2002, it overtook the Faisaliyah Tower which was the tallest tower in Riyadh at that time at 267 metres

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

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

The upper third of the tower features an inverted parabolic arch.[5] The building uses butt jointed glazing combined with the lack of both distinguished floor lines and other tall buildings around it.[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.[citation needed]

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Preceded by
Al Faisaliyah Center
Tallest building in Saudi Arabia
2002 – 2010
Succeeded by
Capital Market Authority Headquarters