By Neha Bhatia
Floors considered too narrow for offices and apartments
The top 85 floors of Jeddah's under-construction marvel, Kingdom Tower, will go unoccupied as they are too narrow for apartments or offices, international reports suggest.
UK daily The Guardian reported: "While the Kingdom Tower promises to house 121 serviced apartments, 360 residential apartments, a 200-room Four Seasons hotel and much office space to boot, its top 85 floors will go unoccupied as they are too narrow for apartments or offices.
"Some (of those floors) will house plant machinery and communications equipment," the report continues.
Upon completion, Kingdom Tower will be at least 1km tall, thus stealing the crown of the world’s tallest building from Dubai’s 828m-tall Burj Khalifa.
The Guardian's report adds Kingdom Tower's developers will not be too perturbed by how long the tower takes to "fill up".
"In truth, the developers are probably not that bothered if their tower takes time to fill up – this is often the case when exceptionally tall, speculative towers are marketed.
"The Empire State Building took two decades to fill with tenants," the report adds.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
With a bit of creative thinking, such space could also become fully "functional".
For example, what about the creation of a special gallery (an art gallery, a gallery having some artistic merit, mounting floor by floor), museum, archive, library, or the like...?
A public service function (benefiting all the people) with a creative spin (given the beautiful surrounding views) would be the perfect use of such space (in my humble opinion).
Visitation would have to be regulated, but it could work...
Surround the 85 floors with glass all around in the 360 degree angle, even the ceiling.
Make it a tourist spot for people to just freak out having the feeling of standing in air and nothing but glass all around.
How it will be created - that's for the architect's to figure out ;-)
Surely if the floors are not actually useable, this building then doesn't fully meet the required designation for building height? Otherwise you could just stick a 1000m tall pole on the top of a villa and claim you had the world's tallest tower.