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Is Burj Khalifa More Than Just ‘The Tallest Building?’


We all know that Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. And we appreciate this architectural marvel. Burj Khalifa is certainly the big brother of all other standing architectural structures, and none seems to match its height. With this article, we would like to bring your attention to some of the lesser-known facts about Burj Khalifa. 

Burj Khalifa is around 829.8 meters tall. Well, quite an overwhelming structure it is, isn’t it? It is almost thrice as tall as the Eiffel Tower of France. Wow! So, this building can take you really high.  

The Burj Khalifa, developed by Emaar Properties PJSC in Dubai, is the tallest building in the world and has been named a “Global Icon” by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an honour given to tall buildings only once every ten or fifteen years. It has been called a “Vertical City” and “A Living Wonder.” 

Burj Khalifa apparently holds some other records as well. Some of these records are quite obvious. It has the greatest number of stories in the world. And it also has an elevator that runs the longest distance in this world. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. 

Tallest of the Hall

Burj Khalifa is ranked number one all three criteria for tall buildings of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The CTBUH ranks the world’s tallest buildings based on ‘Height to Architectural Top,’ ‘Height to Highest Occupied Floor’ and ‘Height to Tip.’

Height to Architectural Top:

  • Burj Khalifa – 828 metres (2,717 ft)
  • Taipei 101, Taiwan – 508 metres (1,667 ft)
  • Shanghai World Financial Centre, China – 492 metres (1,614 ft)
  • Petronas Towers, Malaysia – 452 metres (1,483 ft)

Height to Highest Occupied Floor:

  • Burj Khalifa – 535 metres (1,918 ft)
  • Shanghai World Financial Centre, China – 474 metres (1,555 ft)
  • Taipei 101, Taiwan – 438 metres (1,437 ft)
  • Willis Tower, Chicago – 413 metres (1,354 ft)

Height to Tip:

  • Burj Khalifa – 828 metres (2,716.5 ft)
  • Willis Tower, Chicago – 527 metres (1,729 ft)
  • Taipei 101, Taiwan – 508 metres (1,667 ft)
  • Shanghai World Financial Centre, China – 494 metres (1,622 ft)

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Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known facts about The Burj Khalifa

lesser-known facts about The Burj Khalifa 

architectural structures with Burj KhalifaThis graph will help you compare well-known architectural structures with Burj Khalifa.

  • ConstructionThe Burj Khalifa was successfully completed on January 4th, 2010, six years after the facade construction started in 2004. The Palace of the Republic in East Berlin, the former East German parliament, supplied some of the structural steel for the building’s primary reinforced concrete structure. The structure debuted in 2010 as a part of Downtown Dubai, a brand-new neighborhood. It was intended to serve as the focal point of a sizable, multipurpose development. The government’s decision to move away from an economy dependent on oil and for Dubai to gain international recognition led to the decision to build the building. 
  • Architects The tower is designed by the same architects (Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill) who designed Willis Tower and the new One World Trade Center. It took six years to complete the construction of the building. But did you know that Burj Khalifa was supposed to be a residential building much shorter than it is now? Well, we can say that things happen for a reason. It is also said that the designs of the building are inspired by Islamic architecture. This explains the structure is similar to a spiral minaret that spirals and grows slim as it goes up. 
  • Design – The architecture has a footprint with three lobes that is an abstraction of the Hymenocallis desert flower, which has six petals. The tower is made up of three parts that are positioned around a core. With setbacks along each of its three wings and a modular, Y-shaped design, the building has an inherently stable configuration and offers attractive floor plans for residential space. 26 “helical” levels gradually reduce the tower’s cross-section as it ascends in the sky. At the top, a sculpted spire emerges from the central core. Views of the Arabian Gulf are maximized by the Y-shaped floor plan. 
  • Construction MaterialsDo you know how much concrete has gone into making this structure?  One million elephants’ combined weight would equal the weight of the concrete used. 

A record-breaking 330,000 cubic meters of concrete, 39,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement, 103,000 square meters of glass, and 15,500 square meters of embossed stainless steel were all used in the construction of the Burj Khalifa.  And if all the aluminum of Burj Khalifa was taken out, five A380 aircraft could be built out of the metal.  

  • Construction Labor Building the Burj Khalifa tower required 22 million man-hours, Yes, 22 million man-hours. This is a lot of work! As a matter of fact, more than 12,000 workers were involved at the peak of construction. 
  • AreaBurj Khalifa’s 5.67 million square foot total built-up area includes 1.85 million square feet of residential space and more than 300,000 square feet of prestigious office space. Along with that, the Armani Hotel Dubai and the Armani Residences also take up space. 
  • Interior Design The interiors of the Burj Khalifa and the neighboring Emaar Boulevard are adorned with more than 1,000 pieces of artwork by well-known international and Middle Eastern artists. As a tribute to the spirit of universal harmony, Emaar has specially commissioned many of the works. 
  • Facilities and Amenities Aside from the pool in the hotel, the tower’s opulent recreation and leisure amenities include four swimming pools, lounges for home and business owners, health and wellness centers, a public observation deck, and At.mosphere, the highest fine dining restaurant in the world. 

The building has more than 160 floors. Gee! And most of us wouldn’t want to climb the stairs. So, we take the elevator. And these elevators also have got some crazy speed, they move at around 10 meters per second. So, it would take less than 90 seconds to reach the building. And not one or two, there are 57 of these elevators. 

A must-see attraction, the observation decks at the top of the Burj Khalifa on levels 148, 125, and 124 provide breathtaking views of the city and the nearby emirates. You can see the tip of this enormous structure even from 95 kilometers distance away. Burj Khalifa is an architectural brilliance.  

  • At.mosphereThe world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere, is only two levels below “At the Top, Burj Khalifa,” the tower’s observatory deck. It is envisioned as one of the finest luxury dining and lounge experiences in the world. At.mosphere offers a distinctive dining concept that appeals to all epicureans, from fine dining connoisseurs to lounge lovers. 

Pushing the limits of traditional lounges, the ultra-premium lounge is open from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. and has seating for 130 people and a private area for 35 people. It is the perfect place to stop for a delectable light lunch or even afternoon tea. Opening to glittering cityscapes at night changes the mood. 

  • Cladding The cladding system of the Burj Khalifa is also spellbound. The cladding system is designed in accordance with the extreme climate of Dubai. More than 26,000 glass panels are used for the exterior cladding. And this cladding was accomplished by over 300 experts from China. The structure also has two observation decks that offer a breathtaking view of the city and the sky. 
  • MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services for Burj Khalifa were created collectively during the tower’s design phase in collaboration with the architect, structural engineers, and other consultants in order to achieve the highest efficiency. 

A daily average of 946,000 liliters250,000 gallons) of water are provided by the tower’s water system. Burj Khalifa will need about 10,000 tonnes of cooling at its peak, which is equivalent to the cooling power of about 10,000 tonnes of melted ice. 

Condensation is produced in large amounts due to the hot, humid weather in Dubai and the building’s cooling needs. This water is gathered and channeled through a different piping system to a holding tank in the underground parking lot. 

The condensate collection system produces 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth of supplement water annually or about 15 million gallons. Peak electrical demand for the tower is 36mW, or about 360,000 100-watt bulbs operating simultaneously for the best possible views of the Arabian Gulf. 

  • 2011 New Year Spectacle The world’s highest fireworks display at Burj Khalifa marked the start of the New Year in 2011 in Dubai with an unprecedented spectacle. Over 600,000 people attended the celebration, which also commemorated the first anniversary of the Burj Khalifa’s grand opening, and over 2 billion people around the world watched the live broadcast of the spectacular laser-lights-fireworks show that ushered in the new year. 
  • Security & Fire Safety Burj Khalifa’s design gave top priority to fire safety and evacuation efficiency. 

All stairwells are enclosed in concrete, and the building’s service and fireman’s elevator is the tallest service elevator in the world with a capacity of 5,500 kg. Approximately every 25 floors have pressurized air-conditioned refuge areas. 

As we all know, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building, standing at 828 meters above ground, nearly double the height of the Petronas Towers. 

However, For decades, architects have been exploring the skyscraper typology, integrating commercial spaces & public amenities within residential buildings to offer tenants an all-inclusive experience. This response comes to the global challenges of dense cities and the incapacity to cater to the world’s 7.8 billion population living and working in congested urban areas. 

The Jeddah Tower will surpass The Burj Khalifa and be the crown jewel of Jeddah Economic City, a 57 million square foot (5.3 million square meters) commercial and residential project that will include homes, hotels, and offices, as well as tourist attractions. 

To Explore More, read our article – The World’s Upcoming 10 Skyscrapers Currently Under Construction 

Indovance Inc is a CAD outsourcing partner for many architectural and civil engineering firms. Being in a similar industry, Indovance acknowledges such amazing structures constructed. Such marvels like Burj Khalifa amazes all of us with their astounding architecture. Keep checking this section for more articles on architecture and engineering. 

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