Saudi Arabia to build world's tallest tower, reaching 1 kilometer into the sky
It is expected that construction of the tower will require 5.7 million square feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel.
Engineers will also need to design a pump to help deliver concrete to high levels.
The structure will overlook the Red Sea, posing additional challenges to the building process. It's particularly important that the foundations -- 200 feet deep -- won't be affected by saltwater from the ocean.
The project is expected to cost $1.2 billion.
Like the Burj Khalifa, the Kingdom Tower will have a flower-shaped footprint.
There are plans for a 98-foot sky terrace on the 157th floor. When completed, it will be the highest terrace in the world.
For buildings of this stature, wind load could also put stress on the structure. To battle this, the design of the structure will change every few floors.
According to Construction Weekly, construction will start on the Kingdom Tower -- slated to be the world's tallest at 1 kilometer (3,280 feet) tall -- next week.