36 skyscraper designs that beat the Burj Khalifaby CW Staff on Apr 16, 2012
Since its official launch in 2010, there has been much talk about where the next Burj Khalifa topping skyscraper will be built.
Two leading contenders have emerged over recent months: the 1000m+ Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, and the 1050m-tall Azerbaijan Tower in the nation’s capital of Baku.
Of the two, it appears with Kingdom Tower will be the first to surpass the Burj Khalifa’s construction peak. Foundation work is already underway, and the final license from Jeddah municipality to build the tower was formally received on February 19.
In Azerbaijan, construction work on infrastructure surrounding what is hoped will become the world’s tallest building is underway. The project was announced earlier this year and will be built as part of the $100bn Khazar Island masterplan, a development that will feature 41 man-made islands linked with more than 150 bridges.
The tentatively named 185-storey Azerbaijan Tower will stand 1050m tall, dwarfing Dubai’s 828m-tall Burj Khalifa.
While it may be the tallest building in the world at present, designs for more than 30 towers that surpass the Burj’s summit have been produced over the years. The following pages break those down in to the following sections:
Topping the Burj: Towers proposed at 828-999m
Breaking through: 1100-1599
Mile-high club: 1600-1999m
Two-kilometres and climbing
Peak performance: the tallest towers ever proposed
Next: Topping the Burj
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