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History of the Burj Khalifa

History of the Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building, being an architectural jewel and a landmark for the entire U.A.E., and there is no other introduction one can make for this building. It is easy to recognize, and almost any individual in this world knows about it. Of course, there are plenty of facts and interesting historical aspects you might be interested in, too. Let’s see up next what’s the history behind the tallest building in the world.

How Burj Khalifa got its intriguing design

The core design used for Burj Khalifa is one of a dimetric projection. After several competitions and assessments, the building’s appearance was managed by the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) with Adrian Smith FAIA, RIBA, consulting design partner. And at that time, even on paper, this looked like a futuristic and hard to achieve template for such a huge building. Still, with several reviews, modifications, and innovative approaches, the result was more than impressive. Burj Khalifa was designed with a lot of attention to detail, sustainability, and safety. And the most exciting fact about it is that it was created based on the most prominent Islamic structures. It has a Y shaped design so that plenty of sunlight enters the building.

How was Burj Khalifa constructed

As you might expect, the actual construction process of the building was somewhat challenging, and special arrangements for financing had to be arranged. The planning and design were essential, but at the same time, due to its height, the safety of the workers on site was more than important. The mighty structure was started back in 2004, and the overall process took around three years. But this wasn’t enough. The exterior of Burj Khalifa required an additional three years and the aid of more than 300 specialists to gain the appearance it has today. In 2010, Burj Khalifa was officially opened.

At the inauguration, Burj Khalifa was officially ranked as the tallest building in the world. Since 2010, this structure is the only one that exceeds the height of Taipei 101, in Taipei Taiwan. Of course, Burj Khalifa gained several other records, including the one for the world’s tallest freestanding structure, or the world’s highest occupied floor. But the one that we love the most is that Burj Khalifa is the only building in the world with the highest observation deck.

What is Burj Khalifa used for?

Of course, Burj Khalifa is the main landmark in the area, attracting many tourists yearly due to its impressive viewing deck. Besides this, the building has plenty of functionalities ranging from hotel accommodation to business venues. But there are plenty of other purposes people used Burj Khalifa for. As an example, it is a BASE-jumping station, a team of extreme sports enthusiasts who managed to jump from the tallest building in the world, both with and without authorization. It is believed that a jump from Burj Khalifa can get you a speed up to 220 km per hour and around 10 seconds to open your parachute in a 90-second jump.

Who Are the Greatest Architects of All Time?

Who Are the Greatest Architects of All Time?

Admit it! You admire architectural wonders, but you are not quite sure which famous architect contributed to their beauty. Of course, throughout history, there were plenty of master architects, who amazed us with their ingenuity and approach. And we do love architecture, which is why we took the time to discover the best architects of all time. Let’s see up next who were those fantastic individuals who contributed to the world as we know it today.

Michelangelo

Indeed, we all know Michelangelo’s paintings and sculptures. But due to fortunate circumstances, we got the chance to receive some of his talents in the form of architecture. Back in 1523, the Pope commissioned Michelangelo to create a library on top of a convent. And as a result, Michelangelo was asked to contribute to the creation of the famous dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi is a Spanish architect who had a unique architectural approach, few other artists managed to imitate. Gaudi genuinely believed that God guides his work, which is why the result was a one of a kind style inspired by both neo-Gothic and avant-garde currents. The Cathedral of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is one of the most appraised creations of Antoni Gaudi.

Ieoh Ming Pei

Ieoh Ming Pei has some interesting architectural designs, many associate with Le Corbusier. He was elected to design and create the famous terminal at the John F. Kennedy International airport, but we do believe that one of the most popular creations known everywhere on the globe remains the glass pyramids in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum.

Filippo Brunelleschi

Brunelleschi was an architect and sculptor from Firenze, and it is believed to be the father of Renaissance architecture. One of the most notable works of his remains the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, a cathedral that has the largest brick dome in the world. Experts say this is one of the best and well-preserved masterpieces of European architecture of all time.

Antonio da Sangallo, the Elder

Even though he is not as popular as fellow Italian architects, Antonio da Sangallo the Elder had an important contribution to the evolution of the Italian Renaissance. He had a significant contribution as an architect of fortifications. And we can say with certainty that without his work, Italy wouldn’t have today some of the best castles. As an example, San Biagio, Montepulciano, is his most famous work. Also, he was the architect behind the beautiful Old Fortress of Livorno.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Some say that Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most important architects of the modern era. He had a significant role in American architecture, being known for its unique Prairie-style designs. His Robie House stands our as one of the most important organic architecture approaches of Wright’s, but there are plenty of structures throughout the U.S. that speak for his creativity and originality. He contributed greatly to the design of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, which features a rising spiral walkway rather than individual floors.

What Are the Tallest Buildings on Earth?

What Are the Tallest Buildings on Earth?

Did you know there is a special committee that analyses the tallest buildings on the globe so that they determine their exact height? Well, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, there are more than 3,400 buildings in the world over 150 meters tall. And if you are curious about which are the tallest buildings on earth, you should keep reading. Up next, we put up a list with some of the most impressive structures, according to CTBUH.

Al Hamra Tower – 80 floors 

Al Hamra Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Kuwait. It has an interesting design and iconic structure, which attracts many tourists yearly. It creates an optical illusion, and you might even swear that it folds into itself when watched. It is used as a commercial hub, featuring a wide array of amenities, ranging from high-end shops to theatres. 

Trump International Hotel & Tower – 58 floors 

The Trump Tower stands out as one of the most prolific skyscrapers in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It has several purposes, including a residential one, as it houses on top levels a condominium specially designed for the owner of the building, U.S. President Donald Trump. The futuristic design of this building makes it stand out on Fifth Avenue, and some say it can become a landmark for the century we live in.

Guangzhou International Finance Centre – 103 floors

China is well-known on the globe due to its bold buildings, and the Guangzhou International Finance Centre is one of the most impressive. It is an award-winning skyscraper, with an interesting design. From afar, it seems like it is a huge spherical building, which might have trouble housing working spaces inside. But in fact, the impressive structure has an interesting system, which allows housing of guests and many more. Experts say this building is taller than St. Paul’s Cathedral in London or the Statue of Liberty in New York. 

One World Trade Centre – 94 floors

One World Trade Center is positioned in the northern area of the World Trade Center site. Indeed, after the national disaster, the building stands out as a way to commemorate the fallen and look forward to the future. Anyhow, this building from New York is one of the most impressive in the world, being used for accommodation purposes and business offices. We do live its design, as the all-glass exterior leads to majestic sceneries throughout the day. 

Burj Khalifa – 163 floors

Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, being a masterpiece of several architects. It is the landmark of Dubai’s urban metropolis. An interesting fact about this building is that it features the fastest elevator on the globe, with an impressive 67 feet per second movement. And the building gained several prices, including one for the longest continuous run-up to its top. Mainly, Burj Khalifa is one of those buildings that is both beautiful and intriguing. And we can say for sure that it deserves all its rankings and prizes. It stands tall over Dubai’s most impressive sceneries.