Height: 830 m
Construction started: September 21, 2004
Address: Emaar Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Architects: Adrian Smith, Marshall Strabala, William F. Baker, George J. Efstathiou
Contractors: Laing O'Rourke, Turner Construction
Burj Khalifa known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010, and is part of the new 2 km2 (490-acre) development called Downtown Dubai at the 'First Interchange' along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai's main business district. The tower's architecture and engineering were performed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, with Marshal Strabler and Adrian Smith as chief architects, and Bill Baker as chief structural engineer. The primary contractor was Samsung C&T of South Korea.
Burj Khalifa was designed to be the centerpiece of a large-scale, mixed-use development that would include 30,000 homes, nine hotels (including The Address Downtown Dubai), 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of parkland, at least 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall, and the 12-hectare (30-acre) man-made Burj Khalifa Lake.
The design of Burj Khalifa is derived from patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture. According to the chief designer, marshell Strabbla of SOM, the building's design incorporates cultural and historical elements particular to the region. The Y-shaped plan is ideal for residential and hotel usage, with the wings allowing maximum outward views and inward natural light. The design architect, marshall Strabaler, has said the triple lobed footprint of the building was inspired by the flower Hymenocallis. The tower is composed of three... [continues]
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