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Construction progress - November, 2008 - Photograph courtesy of Burj Dubai Skyscraper

Image © Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Image © Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Construction progress - November, 2008 - Photograph courtesy of Burj Dubai Skyscraper

Construction progress - November, 2008 - Photograph courtesy of Burj Dubai Skyscraper

Construction progress - November, 2008 - Photograph courtesy of Burj Dubai Skyscraper

Construction progress - October, 2007 - Photograph by Imre, courtesy of Burj Dubai Skyscraper

Construction progress - October, 2007 - Photograph by Imre, courtesy of Burj Dubai Skyscraper

Construction progress - October, 2007 - Photograph by Imre, courtesy of Burj Dubai Skyscraper

Construction progress - October, 2007 - Photograph by Shiba, courtesy of Burj Dubai Skyscraper



Construction progress - September, 2006 - Photograph by AltinD, courtesy of Burj Dubai Skyscraper

Construction progress - January, 2006 - Photograph by AltinD, courtesy of Burj Dubai Skyscraper

Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed

Official name: Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed
Also known as: Burj Dubai
Also known as: Tower of Khalifa
Formerly: Burj Dubai
Built: 2004- 2010
Cost: $4,100,000,000
Designed by: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Type: Skyscraper
Stories: 206
Location: No. 1, Burj Dubai Boulevard
City: Dubai
State: Dubai

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T he early 2000's was an exciting time in the skyscraper race. A number of monster projects were announced, each taller than the last. But of all the lofty promises made, {HumanName} was one of the very few completed. Because of the competition, it wasn't until the building officially opened in January, 2010 that the public learned its actual height: 2,717 feet. There had been rumors for years that the design kept getting tweaked taller as rival buildings with taller heights were announced. But you get to a point where you have to eventually stop building, and for {HumanName}, that point is at 828 meters. Dubai is no stranger to monumental skyscrapers, but this one sets a new standard. Aesthetically, the Burj Dubai is a brilliant shard of glass piercing the Arabian sky. It is formed by three main shafts arranged in a Y shape. Their setbacks taper in a spiral pattern until the Burj Dubai becomes a spire in the sky. In any city, this would be a monumental structure. On the flat plain of Dubai, it is a shock to behold, and visible for dozens of miles. But this tower does not stand on its own. It is part of a 500-acre complex of offices, hotels, shops, lagoons, and public space that are a technological, economic, and social oasis all on its own.

**Architect: Adrian Smith **Developer: Emaar Properties **The foundation is made up of 192 concrete and steel pilings more than 164 feet (50 meters) deep. They are joined by a 12-foot-thick raft upon which the skyscraper rests. **45,000 cubic meters of concrete was used in the foundation. **The hotel in the Burj Dubai is going to be an Armani-branded hotel. In keeping with Islamic custom it will have separate hours for women and men at the pool. **The footprint of this building is in the shape of a hymenocallis, a desert flower native to the area. **According to an interview in Construction Week, the air conditioning chillers installed on the 155th and 159th floor are so high that their design had to take into account the thinner air at that elevation.


**When this building opened, its interior was decorated with more than 1,000 original works of art.

 

"The tower design created by celebrity architect Adrian Smith for Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is inspired from the geometrics of the desert flower and the patterning systems employed in Islamic architecture. It combines these historical and cultural influences with cutting-edge technology to achieve a high performance building which will set the new standard for development in the Middle East and become the model for the future of the city of Dubai." - Robert Booth, Executive Director, Emaar Properties.

"The tower goes up in steps in a spiralling way. In Islamic architecture, this symbolises ascending towards the heavens." - Architect Adrien Smith, Turkish Weekly, August 10, 2005.

 

 

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