Saudi Arabia is known for its skyscrapers and architecture, but none of its previous projects have been as ambitious as The Line, a city of the future presented by Crown Prince and Chairman of NEOM Mohammed bin Salman.
The Line is a walled city just 200 meters wide but 170 km long, which is supposed to be located at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level. The city is designed for 9 million inhabitants and should be built on an area of 34 square kilometers.
According to the architects, the small width of the city will reduce the area of infrastructure and create unprecedented efficiency of city functions. Residents will have access to all important facilities within a 5-minute walk. A trip from one end of the city to the other by high-speed rail will take only 20 minutes. The Line will not have traditional highways and automobile infrastructure. Enclosed by glass panels on two sides, the city will have its own climate all year round to ensure that residents can enjoy the surrounding nature while hiking.
The Line should be 100% renewable and prioritize people’s health and well-being over transport and infrastructure, as in traditional cities.
The walled city offers a new approach to urban design: by distributing urban functions vertically, allowing people to move in three dimensions (up, down or across) to access infrastructure, a concept called zero-gravity urbanism. Unlike just tall buildings, this concept consists of public parks and pedestrian areas, schools, homes and workplaces, so that one can move effortlessly to reach all daily needs within five minutes.
The Line will have an exterior mirrored facade that will allow the city to blend in with nature, and a futuristic interior. The project will be developed by a team of world-renowned architects and engineers led by NEOM to develop this revolutionary concept for the city of the future.