When it comes to modern-day skyscrapers, the ‘sky is the limit’ phrase is given a whole new literal kind of meaning. Interestingly enough, many of such humongous specimens of human engineering aptitude do tend to eschew building practicality in favor of imposing credentials. In fact, some of the rising skyscrapers in our contemporary times are more symbolic of the economic prowess of the city (or country) in which they are located, beyond just a testament to pure architecture – with the Arabian and Chinese high-rises seemingly upholding the ‘flaunting’ factor. But the scope is even more baffling with the plans for the future skyscrapers that will surely overtake the current crop of cloud-hugging buildings.
But the scope is even more baffling with the plans for the future skyscrapers that will surely overtake the current crop of cloud-hugging buildings. A short video titled ‘State of the Game’ from the folk over at Gizmag aptly showcases this ambit of comparison (see below). To that end, the proposed Kingdom Tower or ‘Burj al-Mamlakah’ – financed by one of the richest Saudi princes, is planned to go to a mind-boggling height of 1,007 m or 3,304 ft!
And in case you are interested, there are also a few innovative design considerations for future skyscrapers that go beyond the visual (or height) impact. For example, you can take a gander at this incredible proposal from London-based firm NBBJ that entails a skyscraper that would not cast its shadow on the proximate sidewalk – thus avoiding the inconvenience of people using those spaces.