the mukaab

Clearly, the concept of “thinking big” means different things to people with…shall we say….different budgets. Also, the accelerating rate of technological advancement means that even the most savvy designers and technologists can be caught off-guard by extraordinary project proposals. Case in point:

The Saudi Arabian government has announced plans to build a 400-metre-high cube-shaped skyscraper named Mukaab as part of its Murabba downtown plan in Riyadh. The Mukaab structure will be “one of the largest built structures in the world”.

Within this gigantic 400-meter cube will be a massive LED dome creating an unprecedented and almost hard-to-believe virtual reality environment, surrounding a sculptural piece in the center of the dome that itself is a massive skyscraper-size building. You just have to watch the video to understand the scale and scope of the concept.

I captured some essential images showing the fundamental layout of the concept below.

A decade ago this would have been the wildest of science-fiction concepts. Today it is all readily technically feasible and set to be completed by 2030.

via Dezeen.

Apparently, something akin to a lobby:

The scale is massive – this will be the base of the interior tower structure/sculpture:

The massive dome becomes a virtual wonderland of epic scale: