How Tall Can Buildings Go?

By Deane Barker on August 17, 2012

Is There a Limit to How Tall Buildings Can Get?: I just loved this article about how tall buildings can get.  A lot of architects and engineers weighed in on it.  The answer: really, really tall.

For a Middle East-based client he’s not allowed to identify, Johnson worked on a project back in the late 2000s designing a building that would have been a mile-and-a-half tall, with 500 stories. Somewhat of a theoretical practice, the design team identified between 8 and 10 inventions that would have had to take place to build a building that tall. Not innovations, Johnson says, but inventions, as in completely new technologies and materials. “One of the client’s requirements was to push human ingenuity,” he says. Consider them pushed.

Today I learned about the planned Kingdom Tower to be built in Saudi Arabia in 2018.  It’s planned height is 568 feet taller than the Burj Kalifa.