The world is full of wonders and one of the examples of such wonder is Dubai’s largest skyscraper Burj Khalifa. We have seen so many wonders and experiments from humans in order to touch the sky like- Airplanes, Parachutes, skydiving, etc. But the desire to touch the ground while in the sky is a wonder in itself.
Even though it, not one of a kind and first one to be built on the stairway method as the Americans have done that before but it still is the largest skyscraper in the wonder following the leads are Shanghai tower, Makkah clock tower, etc. What makes it so different from the other skyscraper? These are some topics which we will be discussing in this article.
It is an engineering astonishment and wonder of imagination and design:
William Frazier Baker is the structural engineer known for engineering the human-made structure. Rising 828 meters over the desert metropolis of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa tower is the world’s tallest structure. The 280,000-square-meter skyscraper which contains office, residential, and retail space, along with o Giorgio Armani Hotel. As it rises from a flat base, setbacks occur at each element in an upward spiraling pattern, reducing the tower’s mass as it reaches skyward. ( Reference-SOM )
What makes Burj Khalifa different:
Not only it is the world’s tallest building, but it impressively breaks several other records.
1. The Burj -Khalifa is 828 meters tall and it’s even taller than the Eiffel Tower and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building.
2. Apart from the tallest building title, it holds six other world records. The Burj Khalifa is also the tallest freestanding structure in the world, has. The highest number of stories in the world and has the highest occupied floor in the world, has the highest outdoor observation deck in the world.
3. The other fact of Burj Khalifa is its materials weigh. Tp put in simpler terms the weight of Burj Khalifa is 100,000 elephants, equivalent to five A380 aircraft.
4. The Burj Khalifa has a single running elevator, which is 140 floors. The Burj Khalifa speed id 10 meters per second, making it among the fastest elevators in the world.
5. You can see the tip of the sphere of Burj Khalifa from up to 95 kilometers away.
6. About 12,00 workers worked on the Building per day while the construction process.
7. The total of 110,000 tons of concrete, 55,000 tons of steel rebar, and 22 million man-hours to complete the Burj Khalifa.
8. It took exactly 6 years to build the Burj Khalifa as it started in January 2004 and it finally opened in January 2010.
9. As per the official tweet from Burj Khalifa- the maximum capacity is 35,000 people and according to Khaleej times, it can hold up to 10,000 people at any given time.
10. With the help of money and single political power was built to provide various benefits as it has mixed-use, the tower is used for a variety of purposes, respectively are an office, Residential Hotels, Restaurant, Observation, Communication.