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Topics: United Arab Emirates, Burj Khalifa, Emaar Properties Pages: 2 (497 words) Published: March 8, 2013

Burj Khalifa  (Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration), is a skyscraper  located in  Dubai, United Arab Emirates built by Emaar properties. It is known to be tallest man-made structure in the world resulting to a 829.8 m (2,722 ft). The building was officially opened to the public on 4 January 2010. The tower's architecture and engineering were laid out by the hard works of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, with Adrian Smith as chief architect, and Bill Baker as chief structural engineer. The design of Burj Khalifa is very much related to the Islamic architecture. According to the structural engineer, Bill Baker of SOM, the building's design combine cultural and historical elements particular to the region. The Y-shaped plan is for residential and hotel users - allowing maximum outward views and inward natural light. It also maximizes views of the Persian Gulf.

 The design architect, Adrian Smith, has said the footprint of the building was created after being inspired by the flower Hymenocallis.  The central core of the tower supports the three elements that’s it is been made from. The tower has flat desert base, which then keeps narrowing down a spiraling pattern, until the tower has touched the sky. The Burj consists of 27 terraces. At the top, the central core emerges and is sculpted to form a finishing spire. At its tallest point, the tower sways a total of 1.5 m. To support the unprecedented height of the building, the engineers had developed a new structural system called the buttressed core, which consists of a hexagonal core reinforced by three buttresses that form the ‘Y' shape. This structural system enables the building to support itself laterally and keeps it from twisting.

Burj Khalifa has the capacity to hold up to 35,000 people at any one time.Its interior transport consists of a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators and 2,909 stairs from the ground floor to the 160th floor.The elevators have a capacity of 12 to 14 people...
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