It remains to be seen whether the Discovery Tower will really capture the sunlight in such a romantic way when it is completed. (neom.com)
The Discovery Tower is a new, extravagant high-rise building in the northwest of Saudi Arabia. The construction, which is currently in the planning phase, cannot set any new records in terms of height, but its design is reminiscent of something that could come from a fantasy world by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien.
We tell you what is known so far about the Discovery Tower.
What is Discovery Tower?
In the preview images that have been shown so far, the building appears to be made of crystal.
Once completed, the tower will reach 330 meters into the sky. Compared to the tallest buildings in the world such as Burj Khalifa (828 meters), Shanghai Tower (632 meters) or the Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower (601 meters), the proposed crystal tower cannot compete with the competition – at least as far as they are concerned Altitude meters are concerned.
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»On the left, Zaha Hadid’s newest glass skyscraper in Saudi Arabia. On the right is Sauron’s tower, which is much more considerate of its surroundings.”
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When completed, the Discovery Tower will not just be any high-rise building, but will also “represent a rich platform for technology-driven, artistic content and experiences,” according to its website.
Specifically, this could mean an open-air museum connected to the building, but shopping opportunities and restaurants should also be offered.
Another concept image of the visioned tower. (neom.com)
Where should the Discovery Tower be located?
Once built, the Discovery Tower will be part of the artificial ski resort called Neom Trojena. Neom Trojena is planned as a destination for skiers.
More specifically, the Discovery Tower is said to be located on a mountaintop from where an artificially dug lake can be overlooked.
Within Neom Trojena, the Discovery Tower is said to be just one of many impressive buildings, housed in an area of 60 square kilometers. For comparison: This corresponds to 2.8 times the area of Frankfurt Airport, or 17.2 times the area of Central Park in New York.
After completion, those responsible estimate that visitors can expect a total of 36 kilometers of ski slopes and more than 3,600 hotel rooms and apartments.
The official website neom.com offers one of the most important facts about the construction project – optionally also in German.
Who is behind the Discovery Tower?
The major project was thought up by Zaha Hadid Architects. The Iraqi-British architectural firm has repeatedly distinguished itself in the past with futuristic buildings whose unique selling points are curved facades and sharp edges. Zaha Hadid Architects prefers to use cement and steel as building materials.
A selection of the most fascinating buildings, led by Zaha Hadid Architects, includes a fire station in Germany, a swimming pool in London and the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg.
Some other impressive construction projects: Another building from Saudi Arabia that was recently reported on is the Jeddah Tower. Once completed, it will reach a height of 1,000 meters, surpassing the current skyscraper record holder by around 170 meters.
Next to it, the cube-shaped skyscraper Mukaab impresses with a width of 400 meters. The company responsible, New Murabba Development Company, advertises that Mukaab could accommodate a total of 20 Empire State Buildings.
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Are you impressed by the latest construction project from Saudi Arabia that is in the starting blocks? Did you also follow the incredibly high Jeddah Tower, the cube-shaped monumental building Mukaab with excitement, as well as the crystal tower Discovery Tower? Or do such magnificent buildings leave you cold? Feel free to write us your opinion on this in the comments.