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        Burj Khalifa

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        Identification

        Burj Khalifa
        Burj Dubai
        182168

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        Structure in General

        skyscraper
        existing [completed]
        buttressed core
        steel
        concrete
        pile foundation
        stainless steel
        curtain wall
        light gray
        modernism
        tapered roof with spire

        Usages

        residential commercial office hotel
        restaurant

        Facts

        • Burj Dubai became the world's tallest high-rise building on July 24, 2007, and the world's tallest self-supporting structure on September 12, 2007.
        • Burj Dubai is the tallest man-made structure in the world, surpassing the KVLY-TV Tower in North Dakota as well as Warszawa Radio Mast, the previous tallest structure ever built.
        • This is the first world's tallest building since prehistoric times to include residential space.
        • The Burj Dubai had its name officially changed to Burj Khalifa during its grand opening in honor of the president of the U.A.E. H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan.
        • "Burj" is Arabic for "Tower."
        • Although the building's shape resembles the bundled tube concept of the Willis Tower, it is structurally very different and is technically not a tube structure.
        • The building was rotated 120 degrees to so that it would be least likely to be buffetted by desert windstorms. The tower's setbacks were also reoriented from counterclockwise to clockwise.
        • The building sits on a concrete and steel podium with 192 piles descending to a depth of more than 50 metres (164 feet).
        • A total of 45,000 cubic meters of concrete are used in the foundations with a weight in excess of 110,000 tonnes.
        • Over 330,000 cubic meters of concrete and 31,400 metric tons of steel rebar was used at the completion of the tower.
        • The exterior cladding is of reflective glazing with aluminium and textured stainless steel spandrel panels with vertical tubular fins of stainless steel.
        • The cladding system is designed to withstand Dubai's extreme summer temperatures.
        • The condensation water collected from the air conditioning system equals to 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools per year and in turn, used for landscaping.
        • Burj Dubai features sky lobbies on levels 43, 76 and 123. These spaces offer fitness and spa facilities. The lobbies on levels 43 and 76 each have a swimming pool and a recreational room for receptions and other gatherings.
        • The highest residential floor will be level 109.
        • An observation deck will occupy the 124th floor. A private club is on the 125th floor.
        • Engineers working on the design considered installing triple-decker elevators, which would have been the first in the world, but in the end chose to use double-decker elevators.
        • The maximum elevator speed is 600 m/min.
        • The design by Skidmore Owings & Merrill replaces a plan to reuse the design for Grollo Tower, which was proposed in Melbourne a few years earlier.
        • Designed by Adrian D. Smith, FAIA, RIBA design partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP.
        • The triple-lobed footprint of the building is based on an abstracted desert flower native to the region.
        • A subtle reference to the onion domes of Islamic architecture can be found in the building's silhouette when looking up at the lobes from near the base.
        • The tower is situated on a man-made lake which is designed to wrap around the tower and provide dramatic views of it.

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        Location

        1 Burj Dubai Boulevard
        1, Burj Dubai Boulevard
        Dubai
        Dubai
        United Arab Emirates

        Awards

        CTBUH Skyscraper Award – Tall Building 10 Year Award (2020)
        CTBUH Skyscraper Award – Best Tall Building Award - Middle East & Africa (2010)

        Certificates

        Certified as LEED – Gold (2009)

        Technical Data

        2,719.82 ft
        2,716.54 ft
        2,425.97 ft
        2,236.96 ft
        1,984.58 ft
        1,483.27 ft
        163
        Mar 2004
        Jan 2010
        57
        8
        3,000
        $1,500,000,000

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        Features & Amenities

        • One of the city's famous buildings
        • Double-decker elevators present
        • Exercise facility is available
        • Internal safety rooms available
        • Rainwater is recycled
        • Swimming pool is available
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