Skyscraper as tall as the Eiffel Tower to be built in Saudi Arabia’s desert ski resort

  • Zaha Hadid Architects have designed a 330-meter-tall, crystal-like skyscraper
  • It forms part of Neom, the futuristic megaproject of Saudi Arabia
  • It’s set on a mountain overlooking a central artificial lake

Published on Feb 12, 2024 at 3:46 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Feb 14, 2024 at 1:30 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Alessandro Renesis

Zaha Hadid Architects have designed a 330-meter-tall, crystal-like skyscraper for Neom – and it’s going to be stunning.

Part of the futuristic megaproject of Saudi Arabia, Neom, it includes a smart city, a mountain resort, and a water and hydrogen company.

The entire Neom project is estimated to cost $1 trillion – making it both expensive and ambitious.

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The giga-project will cover 26,500 kilometers in northwestern Saudi Arabia.

Just one part of the project, Zaha Hadid Architects have released the renders of the crystalline structure for the desert-based Trojena ski resort in Saudi Arabia.

Already named ‘Discovery Tower’, the 330-meter high-rise building will be in a prime location as part of the ‘Discovery Cluster’.

Set on a mountain overlooking a central artificial lake, it will become a true landmark for the resort.

The new renders make its crystal-like qualities really come to live, with a host of columns tapering toward a 330-meter-high pinnacle.

That’s the same height as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France – and it’s hoped to be just as chic.

It’s believed that the structure will host stores, restaurants, exhibition spaces – although this is still to be confirmed.

What we do know is that the structure will feature observation decks at varying heights, allowing residents to take in the futuristic vista of Trojena beyond.

It will be connected to the lakeside development via a cable car.

Just one of NEOM’s regions, Trojena, will be a ski and adventure resort.

Set in the mountains of the Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia it’s located 50 kilometers from the Gulf of Aqaba.

The development will be arranged around an artificial lake with one mountain topped by a year-round ski resort.

36 kilometers of ski slopes are planned and adventure sports will be available on tap.

The resort gained global attention in 2022 when it was announced it had won the right to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games.

According to those behind the $1 trillion Neom project, it will be a “rich platform for groundbreaking and tech-infused artistic content and experiences.”

The resort will also feature an open-air museum located nearby within the saddle of the two mountain peaks.

Other regions of the Neom giga-project include The Line, Oxagon, Sindalah, Leyja, Epicon, Siranna, Utamo, Norlana and Aquellum.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.