A $1 trillion “sideways” mirrored tower measuring 120 km will be constructed in Saudi Arabia’s Neom desert

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Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, intends to develop a carbon-neutral city along a 170 km stretch, and that structure will serve as the hub of the brand-new desert metropolis known as Neom. Because mirrors would be employed in its construction, this project is called “Mirror Line.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the buildings, which are reportedly slated to cost a staggering $1 trillion, will be built of mirrored glass and are a part of the “Mirror Line” project.

In Saudi Arabia's Neom desert A $1 trillion "sideways" mirrored tower measuring 120 km will be constructed
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The new desert metropolis, dubbed Neom, which is being built by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s aspirations to build a zero-carbon city in a 170-km stretch, has been envisioned as having the Mirror Line as its epicenter. The size of Neom will be comparable to that of Massachusetts.

Saudi Arabia intends to invest 800 billion pounds in the construction of a “Sideway Skyscraper” (Rs 766 billion). It is estimated that this structure, which would be 120 kilometers long, will include 50 million rooms.

Neom, which is owned by the national wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, aims to draw in foreign capital and generate thousands of new jobs.

According to the papers, a high-speed rail will run below the two buildings, and they will be linked by walkways.

The eight-sided structures would stretch from the Gulf of Aqaba to a mountain resort and include a suspended sports complex, a marina where yachts may be moored, and a complex where the Saudi government will be located.

The proposal envisions integrating vertical farming within the buildings to feed their people.

Five million people will purportedly live there, and they will be able to travel from end to end in 20 minutes.

Engineers estimated that the Mirror Line might take up to 50 years to complete, despite the prince’s claims that he wanted it finished by 2030.

The building would need to be built in phases and might take 50 years, according to an early impact study prepared in January 2021.

The Mirror Line was designed, according to The Wall Street Journal, by Morphosis Architects in the United States, which was founded by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Thom Mayne.

At least nine additional design and engineering consultants were also involved, including WSP Global in Montreal and Thornton Tomasetti in New York City, among others.

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