Tall Buildings

Plaza 66, Shanghai |  Makkah Tower, KSA |  Landmark, Abu Dhabi |

 Aurora Tower, Belfast | Destiny USA | Greengate Tower Manchester |

Coral City | Sikorsky Street Wroclaw | Bethnal Green London |

Stratford Tower London | Lamar Towers Jeddah | Arwa Tower Doha |

Kings Tower Riyadh | Viet Com Bank Design Competition |

Qatar Silhouette Peer Review | Swiss Re Design Review |




Tall Buildings









Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) were awarded a contract to construct the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project for the Two Holy Mosques Makkah Al-Mukkarama. One component of the overall mixed-use development is a hotel tower. The hotel tower rises 469m from ground level to the tip of the topping spire, making it one of the tallest buildings in the world. Located beside the mountain, motorways and pedestrian tunnels which pass through the mountain also pass through the hotel structure to facilitate pilgrimage.

In comparison the Al Faisaliah tower in Riyadh is 270 m tall, the Kingdom Tower is 300 m tall and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur are 452 m tall. SBG are constructing the tower on a design and build basis, retaining a large multidisciplinary engineering practice to carry out the design. In a parallel effort, SBG retained Buro Happold to conduct a third-party review of the design that was carried out with a particular emphasis on the possibility of re-designing to provide savings in cost and/or time.

Chris Bakkala conducted the work at Buro Happold. and identifying and quantifying substantial cost savings in a thick raft transfer structure located above function space at a height approximately 100m above ground.  Savings were constrained without alteration to architectural systems, while a coordinated approach to architecture and structure design optimisation indicated substantially more potential cost reduction coupled with improved seismic performance.