A 170-kilometer-long, 500-meter-high mirrored line will soon cross the Saudi Arabian Desert. People will live and work in it. Another superlative project, following the recent inauguration of the mirrored concert hall. “The Line” will be the name of the city with over 9 million inhabitants. Under the title “What if we could start again” only the ideas are presented.
Building project of the future with 0 emissions
The Saudi Arabian government has unveiled the first images of the 500-meter-tall rectilinear city called “The Line” to be built as part of Neom, near the Red Sea. “The Line” will be a car-free and equally carbon-free (CO²) city the size of the country of Belgium.
- The Line / Neom – official website
Spectacular! The Line meets Red Sea
This is how spectacularly “The Line” meets the red sea. With exclusive berths for yachts and lots and lots of sand.
Why is Saudi Arabia building “The Line”?
As mentioned before, “The Line” will be a car-free and equally carbon-free (CO²) city the size of the country of Belgium. So much for the grand plan. Will the XL construction project succeed? The FT’s Andrew England explores the Saudi crown prince’s pet project.
Visualization: Video from Neom
Neom is a government-projected planned city, with an attached technology park, in the northwest of the country, not far from the Gulf of Aqaba, and on the Red Sea coast.
Big city rethought: transformation
What if you were to completely rethink a major city like London, with a population of 9 million?
Location of “The Line”: Satellite view
“The Line” from the view from space.
Here a little closer, with connection to the Red Sea.
Photos: First visualizations of The Line
The interior of Saudi Arabia’s 150-kilometer mirrored line skyscraper:
Skyscrapers and tropical forest
The project combines city and “tropical forest”.
Sports stadium in the middle of the line
View from above: Desert meets tropical forest
In this published picture you can see once again very nicely how the contrast of desert and tropical forest looks from above.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on “The Line
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on “The Line” project. Here are 3 short excerpts and statements.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said, “At the launch of ‘The Line’ last year, we committed to a civilizational revolution centered on people and based on radical change in urban planning. The designs for the city’s vertically layered communities unveiled today will challenge traditional flat, horizontal cities and create a model for protecting nature and improving people’s quality of life. ‘The Line’ will address the challenges humanity faces in urban living today and demonstrate alternative ways of living.”
He added, “We cannot ignore the quality of life and environmental crises facing our world’s cities, and ‘Neom’ is at the forefront of finding new and imaginative solutions to these problems. ‘Neom’ is leading a team of the brightest minds in architecture, engineering and construction to make the idea of building upward a reality.”
He continued, “The ‘Neom’ will be a place where all people from around the world can make their mark on the world in creative and innovative ways. NEOM remains one of the most important projects of the Saudi Vision 2030, and we are determined to make ‘The Line’ a reality on behalf of the nation.”
Largest mirrored building
Largest mirrored building – The Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia I must show you! A real architectural highlight and certainly a hotspot of this world in the future. Al-Ula is a unique region in Saudi Arabia that was hidden from tourists until September 2019. Now the whole world has the opportunity to discover ancient places that are more than 6,000 years old.
Architecture is one thing. Ideas are something else. This one is… wow. The Maraya Concert Hall.