Friday, July 20, 2012

On The Pinnacle of Architectural Wonders - Architecture of Burj Khalifa

The United Arab Emirates owns the distinction of having the tallest building internationally. Measuring a staggering 2,717 feet (828 meters), the Burj Khalifa, formerly known as Burj Dubai, is the highest man-made structure in history, with 160 floors. It can be found along Sheikh Zayed Road generally business district in Dubai. This marks the second time the Middle East has claimed the honor of having the tallest artificial structure in the world. The Great Pyramid of Giza once held that distinction for many hundreds of years until England built the Lincoln Cathedral in 1311.


Named in honor of one or more of the project's top supporters and the actual president of the United Arab Emirates and king of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa bin Sayed Al Nahyan, the Burj Khalifa gained the attention and recognition of the rest of the world. It was constructed with the primary goal of diverting the country's image from a debt-ridden oil-producing country into a tourist mecca generating necessary income and investments. Conceptualization and construction began in 2004 and the building was launched on January 4, 2010 during the rise to the throne of Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashin Al Maktoum.

The Burj Khalifa was designed by architect Adrian Smith and engineer Bill Baker who were with Chicago's Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) right at that moment. Among the other groups involved in the actual construction were South Korea's Samsung Engineering and Construction (primary contractor) and Besix and Arabtec. Emaar Properties served as the project's developer. This tower which is worth $1.5 billion was inspired by Islamic traditions and culture and featured patterns prevalent in Islamic architecture. The three-lobed base of the building was patterned after the flower Hymenocalli.

Among the lavish features of the Burj Khalifa are the 57 double-deck elevators with modern LCD displays for the visitors' entertainment. There are also eight escalators and a total of 2,909 stairs. The 124th floor showcases the highest open-air observation deck internationally, the At the Top. It was opened to the public on the 5th of January, the day after Burj Khalifa's inauguration and also houses the Behold Telescope. Being the tallest building ever, the Burj Khalifa holds a number of other records, which include a swimming pool, situated at the 76th floor and a night club on the 144th floor. The tallest wonder also hosts a mosque on the 158th floor.

The highest outdoor observation deck at 1483 feet is situated at the 124th floor; it is the second highest observation desk on record. The building also holds the highest restaurant on the 122nd floor at a height of 1450 feet, overriding the height of the restaurant at CN Towers by 302 feet. Burj Khalifa also flaunts of the world's fastest elevator which goes at a speed of 64 kilometers per hour. The Burj Khalifa Tower is located in the heart of Dubai. It is surrounded by luxury, five star hotels, fabulous shopping destinations and a wide variety of entertainment options. The tower also houses Burj Khalifa residences, private residences, corporate offices, hotel guest rooms and suits, a four story fitness club, fine dining restaurants and more.

The Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai has aroused more curiosity and intrigue than any other building in modern history. Standing at over 828 metres, this remarkable example of high tech architecture is the tallest building in the world. It is a world-class destination considered the masterpiece of downtown Dubai.


Mystery Girl said...

Wow, I must say that this is really the tallest building in the world. Love to see this luxurious hotel.
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