Jeddah Tower Supertall to Use Guardian Glass

Developers of Jeddah Tower, the soon-to-be world’s tallest building, selected Guardian Glass to supply the glass for the project.

The more than $1.2 billion (£800 million) supertall structure, also known as Kingdom Tower, is slated for completion in 2019. It is set to break world records for tallest building, highest occupied floor, highest architectural top, highest tip and highest sky terrace.

Guardian Glass will provide more than 400,000 square meters, the area of approximately 55 football fields, of glass to meet the building’s complex energy and performance requirements.

The double-glazed system will use Guardian’s SunGuard Silver 20 and SunGuard Neutral 60 coated glass products.

“The unprecedented size and height of the Jeddah Tower required us to carefully work with the business team to select a glass system that offers a balance between energy savings and light transmission,” says Guardian Glass Middle East and Africa general manager Mohammad Al Ibrahim. “For that reason, we have combined two of our most popular and reliable Guardian SunGuard products that we are confident will offer the best performance without compromising aesthetics.”

The skyscraper’s circular glass-floored sky terrace, located more than 2,000 feet above ground level, will also be supplied by Guardian Glass.

“Guardian Glass was specified by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architects,” says Jeddah Tower project director John Zerafa of United Arab Aluminium Co. (UACC). “I have worked on the Burj Khalifa, and the Guardian Glass team was there every step of the way, from glass manufacturing to technical support. Guardian Glass provides more value in comparison to other glass suppliers.”

The glass will be manufactured at the Al Jubail Guardian plant, then delivered to the UAAC factory in Jeddah, where it will be processed into double-glazed units, structurally glazed to the frame with secondary structural sealant applied. The fully assembled curtainwall system will then be delivered to site for installation.

Guardian’s trained and certified Technical Advisory Center team of experts will provide support on the project to optimize results. An on-site team will work closely with UAAC to provide consistent supervision, maintenance and long-term post-project service.