How tall can buildings get?
June 20, 2013
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No matter how tall a building gets, the race is always on to build one taller.
In 2010 – the Burj Khalifa in Duabi climbed an impressive 828 meters. (The new World Trade Center Spire hits 541 meeters) By 2018, the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will reach a proposed height of 1000 meters.
So, what are the limitations and how are these calculated?
According to high rise architects and designers the predominant problems in building a tall structure are not typically structural but are more financial and emotional.
Difficulties getting project funding for these structures, especially in the current real estate market, and the lack of natural light in wide based buildings are key factors that limit heights.
A structural expert, William Baker of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill worked with Smith on the Burj Khalifa. They utilized a buttressed core design which is the key to future buildings even taller than the Burj Khalifa. William feels that using this concept, with a few modifications, could allow a building to be erected even higher than the planned Kingdom Tower.
In the 1990s, Tokyo had plans to build a two and a half mile volcano looking super tower. IT was called the X-See 4000 and was very similar to the Eiffel Tower. For a variety of reasons, this was never done and most obvious due to cost. The base of the building would have consumed a large amount of Tokyo real estate.
So, theoretically a building could be built at least as tall as 8849 meters or one meter higher than Mt. Everest.
And yes, Mr. Baker feels we can even go higher. Read more about calculations for building tall buildings in this article………