How can we create buildings that are over 1km in height? I don't mean as far as funding or imagination goes; I mean physically, how is it possible for this kind of building to exist?
Currently, the tallest building in the world is in the UAE (United Arab Emirates), and it stands at 828m. The building that, if completed, will top it is being build in Saudi Arabia, and will stand at 1,000m (see a mockup of it above).
But seriously...how can these buildings stand?
With news that the construction pace for the Kingdom Tower is picking up pace, I really started to think more about this: how tall can skyscrapers get?
The Kingdom Tower complex - consisting of residential, office and retail - has a remarkable elevator system consisting of 59 elevators, including 54 single-deck and five double-deck elevators, along with 12 escalators. Elevators serving the observatory will travel at a rate of 10 metres per second in both directions.
These new buildings are clearly capable of operating as island communities, of a sort. While the largest mixed-uses are currently on the same scale as villages or small boroughs, a new generation of super-tall skyscrapers is coming up around the world, many of which will have a variety of functions. Will all of our "villages" stop spreading out, and rather begin spreading up as we perfect the technology and engineering practices necessary to create these mega-buildings?