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KONE wins elevator order for world’s tallest building

KONE wins elevator order for world’s tallest building

Nov 27, 2015
Energy & resource efficiency

KONE has been selected as the vertical transportation provider to deliver the world's fastest and highest traveling double-decker elevators to Kingdom Tower, the tallest tower in the world, in construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Kingdom Tower is expected to rise to the height of more than one kilometer upon completion in 2018.

Featuring KONE's people flow solutions, the building will have the world's fastest double deck elevators with travel speed of over 10 m/s as well as the world's highest elevator rise at 660 meters. Kingdom Tower will house offices, a Four Seasons hotel and serviced apartments, residential apartments as well as the world's tallest observation spot.

"We have been highly impressed with KONE's innovative solutions to high-rise buildings. This is another cornerstone for a development of this magnitude and we look forward to creating this landmark building in all standards," says Mounib Hammoud, CEO of Jeddah Economic Company, the owner and developer of the tower.

The building will be equipped with 65 KONE elevators and escalators. The order includes KONE Double Deck MiniSpace(TM) elevators with revolutionary KONE UltraRope(TM) carbon fiber hoisting technology that is set to break industry limits and enable future elevator travel heights of 1 kilometer – twice the distance currently feasible.

To complement the building's exclusive look, KONE will provide the customer with tailor-designed car interiors and landing doors as well as latest People Flow Intelligence solutions including KONE Destination Control Systems and premium KONE Infoscreen displays. Other special solutions include KONE E-Link(TM) remote monitoring systems, as well as an occupant evacuation operation system for emergency situations. The order includes a ten-year equipment maintenance contract.

Kingdom Tower is the centerpiece and first construction phase of the Kingdom City development, located along the Red Sea on the north side of Jeddah. Encompassing a construction area of 530,000m2, Kingdom Tower is designed by architect Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture and the construction of the building has been commissioned to Saudi Bin Laden Group. Jeddah Economic Company, which is chaired by HRH Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Al Saud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Co, is the owner of the building.
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