Massive, miles-long buildings, expected to be the world’s largest, are to be part of the futuristic Saudi gigaproject NEOM, according to a Bloomberg report. The twin skyscrapers about 500 meters (1,640 feet) tall would stretch horizontally for dozens of miles.
People familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the skyscrapers would house a mix of residential, retail and office space running from the Red Sea coast into the desert. The plan is a move away from a previously announced design, under which a string of buildings would be connected by underground hyper-speed rail.
Designers were instructed to work on a half mile-long prototype, current and former NEOM employees said. If it goes forward in full, each structure would be larger than the world’s current biggest buildings, most of which are factories or malls rather than residential communities.