Jeddah Tower

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

When completed, Jeddah Tower will be the world’s tallest building. As the centerpiece of the Kingdom City urban development, the high-performance structure will feature a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, condominiums, and an observation deck.

ESD’s team of designers and consultants worked in close collaboration with the architects and structural engineers to integrate sustainable design into the aesthetic design of the building. For example, Jeddah Tower is oriented so the facades align from the northeast and northwest to reduce the overall solar load.

A vertical zoning approach to the tower’s design distributes potentially high system pressures while supporting sustainable construction practices of system component standardization. In terms of MEP infrastructure, it works well to think of the supertall building as a vertical city, or collection of 20- to 30-story buildings stacked on top of one another. Vertical zoning, combined with the design’s effective infiltration control, also helps mitigate the properties of stack effect by reducing pressure differential and controlling the movement of air throughout the building.

Jeddah Tower will be a great example of how supertall buildings can promote and advance sustainable design. Construction began in April 2014.