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Burj Khalifa

The tallest man-made structure ever built located in Dubai and unveiled on January 4, 2010.

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  • Dec 12, 2010
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Sometimes as one watches human aspirations as high as this, it can be truly breathtaking. Other times, it is literally breathtaking to stand on top of the building at that height as well as the consequences from building such an architecture. A building is no longer simply a building but it has become a man's race for supremacy. Man aims for the tallest, the biggest and the most expensive. While it is interesting and thrilling to watch such development in the world, it is also a waste of resources at times. This is in part similar to man's race for arms. It is all a case of ego, be it a singular man's or a nation's.

Having said all that, it is still fascinating to see these sights and man's conquests. C'mon guys, no matter how we all feel about it, it is a thrill, an expensive one ;-) It is also the experience of a lifetime to be at the top of such a building, isn't it? Whatever the case may be, these are icons of a city or a nation. We marvel at the architectural designs and engineering feats. Since I've not been able to fulfill my dream of becoming an architect, all I can delight in is checking out other's works. By far, this is mind-boggling but I'm sure sooner or later, we'll see other out of the mind architectures like those of dynamic architecture.

We are in for interesting times, folks! You ain't see anything yet! ;-)

That's right people, when money is no expanse, the sky is the limit!

Some statistics that might interest you about the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai):
  • Tallest skyscraper to top of spire: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previously Taipei 101 – 509.2 m/1,671 ft)
  • Tallest freestanding structure: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previously CN Tower – 553.3 m/1,815 ft)
  • Building with highest occupied floor in the world: 160th floor
  • World's fastest elevators at speed of 64 km/h (40 mph) or 18 m/s (59 ft/s) (previously Taipei 101 – 16.83 m/s)
  • The first world's tallest structure in history to include residential space
  • Highest outdoor observation deck in the world (124th floor) at 452 m (1,483 ft)
  • World's highest mosque (located on the 158th floor)
  • World's highest nightclub (144th floor)
  • World's highest swimming pool (76th floor)

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Some of you might say that these are excesses we could live without. You are absolutely correct! Yet, in men's strive for height, we'll be sure to see even more ridiculous architecture in the making. The moral issues behind these constructions are not mine to make despite the fact that many claims that with such buildings in their neighborhood, people naturally become more hopeful of all that can be. I can't fault them for that rationale. I've seen that happened in many Asian countries. An icon (especially one as distinctive as this) certainly impact humans in more ways than one!

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January 03, 2011
that's pretty neat info. I thought the tallest one was in China...
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Burj Khalifa Bin Zayid, formerly known as Burj Dubai, is a supertall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft). Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009 and the building officially opened on 4 January 2010.

The building is part of the 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi) flagship development called Downtown Burj Khalifa at the "First Interchange" along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai's main business district. The tower's architect and engineer is Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP (Chicago). Bill Baker, the Chief Structural Engineer for the project, invented the buttressed core structural system in order to enable the tower to achieve such heights economically. Adrian Smith, who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) until 2006, was the Design Partner on the project. The primary builder is a joint venture of South Korean Samsung C&T, who also built the Taipei 101 and Petronas Twin Towers, Besix and Arabtec. Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction project manager.[12] Under UAE law, the Contractor and the Engineer of Record are jointly and severally liable for the performance of Burj Dubai. Therefore, by adoption of SOM’s design and by being appointed as Architect and Engineer of Record, Hyder Consulting is legally the Design Consultant for the tower.

The total budget for the Burj Khalifa project is about US $1.5 ...
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