151
Global
Height rank
Burj Rafal
Riyadh Saudi Arabia
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

1
To Tip:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).

307.9 m / 1,010 ft
2
Architectural:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

307.9 m / 1,010 ft
3
Occupied:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building.

236.1 m / 774 ft
1 2 3 Burj Rafal Outline
Floors

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

68
Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

2
Height 307.9 m / 1,010 ft
Floors 68
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Burj Rafal
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

Rafal Tower
Type

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building
Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished
Completed, 2014
Country

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

City

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Address
Postal Code
13315
Function

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

residential / hotel
Structural Material

Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

concrete
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

Architectural
307.9 m / 1,010 ft
To Tip
307.9 m / 1,010 ft
Occupied
236.05 m / 774 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

68
Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

2
# of Apartments

Number of Apartments refers to the total number of residential units (including both rental units and condominiums) contained within a particular building.

474
# of Hotel Rooms

Number of Hotel Rooms refers to the total number of hotel rooms contained within a particular building.

349
# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

1256
# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

22
Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

92,626 m² / 997,018 ft²
Rankings
#
151
Tallest in the World
#
28
Tallest in Middle East
#
2
Tallest in Saudi Arabia
#
1
Tallest in Riyadh
#
70
Tallest Mixed-use Building in the World
#
10
Tallest Mixed-use Building in Middle East
#
2
Tallest Mixed-use Building in Saudi Arabia
#
1
Tallest Mixed-use Building in Riyadh
#
45
Tallest Concrete Building in the World
#
21
Tallest Concrete Building in Middle East
#
1
Tallest Concrete Building in Saudi Arabia
#
1
Tallest Concrete Building in Riyadh
Construction Schedule
2009

Proposed

2010

Construction Start

2014

Completed

Owner/Developer
RAFAL Real Estate Development
Architect
Structural Engineer
MEP Engineer
International Project Management
Dubai Saudi Arabia Contracting Company

Acoustics

PMK International LLC

Food Service

Tricon Foodservice Consultants

Interiors

WA International

Landscape

SCAPE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PLLC

Life Safety

International Fire Consultants Ltd.

Lighting

DRA Lighting

Traffic

Way Finding

The Design Company LLC

Formwork

CTBUH Initiatives

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Research

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Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH

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About Burj Rafal

Located on busy King Fahad Road, just north of the burgeoning King Abdullah Financial District‏, Burj Rafal was constructed during a boom of high-rise construction which forever changed the fabric of a city which traditionally did not have tall buildings. The building boom in the process created a new market for high-rise residential living for which no such accommodations had existed before in the city of Riyadh. The Burj Rafal was the first residential condominium tower to be built in the region’s then unproven market.

The tower was designed to differentiate itself from other living options in a number of ways beyond the supertall height. At the base, the tower is set within a 20,000 square meter property which features gardens and an offset podium topped with an amenity deck. The tower’s residences share luxury services with a Kempinski Hotel located in the lower floors and were designed to accommodate the needs of Saudi Arabia’s typically large family sizes and strong cultural desire for privacy. As such, there is a higher than usual concentration of large units designed as duplexes, in which bedroom areas are vertically stacked above living spaces and separate entrances can be utilized for the family areas of the home versus those for guests and entertaining.

The design proved to be successful with 70 percent of the condominium units sold by the time the Burj Rafal’s construction had topped out. While other high-rise buildings with residential uses are now being constructed in Riyadh, Burj Rafal remains unique in not only with height, but also with its highly visible location as a standalone tower on the city’s main north-south thoroughfare.

31 December 2014

Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH

An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in...

31 December 2014

Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH

An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in...

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John Harris, Jones Lang LaSalle

Amid a rapidly changing cultural and economic landscape in Saudi Arabia, John Harris, co-head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Saudi Arabia office, discusses the shifts in...

31 December 2014

An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.

31 December 2014

An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.