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Guardian to supply glass for Jeddah Tower

Guardian Glass won contract to supply façade glass for Saudi’s Jeddah Tower project

A render of the Jeddah Tower.
A render of the Jeddah Tower.

Guardian Glass has reportedly won the contract to supply the façade glass for Saudi’s Jeddah Tower project.

The firm is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float and high-performance energy-efficient coated glass products.

The Jeddah Tower - previously known as Kingdom Tower – will become the world’s tallest building upon completion.

Guardian Glass will provide more than 400,000 m2 of aesthetic and functional glass panels that meet the tower’s energy and performance requirements, TradeArabia News Service reported.


The US-based company said in a statement, the company will supply a custom-made, double-pane glass system combining Guardian Glass’ SunGuard Silver 20 and SunGuard Neutral 60 coated glass products.

The technology is able of withstanding a 2.5-meter radius sway without breakage or leakage, it added.

Guardian Glass Middle East & Africa general manager Mohammad Al Ibrahim said: "The unprecedented size and height of the Jeddah Tower required us to carefully work with the business team to select a glass system that offers a balance between energy savings and light transmission."

"For that reason, we have combined two of our most popular and reliable Guardian SunGuard products that we are confident will offer the best performance without compromising aesthetics," he stated.

The skyscraper’s glass-floored sky terrace, located more than 2,000 ft above ground level, will also be supplied by Guardian Glass.

Jeddah Tower project director John Zerafa of United Arab Aluminium Company (UACC) said: "Guardian Glass was specified by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architects. I have worked on the Burj Khalifa, and the Guardian Glass team was there every step of the way, from glass manufacturing to technical support. Guardian Glass provides more value in comparison to other glass suppliers."

The over $1.2-billion supertall building structure will cover an area of 5.3 million sq m and include 439 apartments, 200 hotel rooms, 59 elevators and 2,205 parking spaces. It is set to break new world records for tallest building, highest occupied floor, highest architectural top, highest tip and highest sky terrace.

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