21031 Burj Khalifa

Facts

  • LocationDowntown Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • ArchitectSkidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
  • Building typeSupertall skyscraper
  • MaterialsReflective glazing, aluminum and textured stainless steel
  • ConstructionReinforced concrete and steel
  • DateFrom 2004 to 2010
  • Floor area5.67 million sq. ft. (464,511 m2)
  • Height2,716.5 ft. (828 m)
  • Stories160+ stories

History

Described as both a ‘Vertical City’ and ‘A Living Wonder’, Burj Khalifa, at the heart of downtown Dubai, is also the world’s tallest building. 
Developed by Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, Burj Khalifa rises gracefully from the desert and honors the city with its extraordinary union of art, engineering and meticulous craftsmanship.

At 2,716.5 ft. (828 m), the equivalent of a 200-story building, Burj Khalifa has 160 habitable levels, the most of any building in the world. The tower was inaugurated on January 4, 2010, to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the Accession Day of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Arguably the world’s most interesting construction project, Burj Khalifa is responsible for a number of world firsts. The tower became the world’s tallest man-made structure just 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004.

Architect

John Nash (1752 – 1835)
John Nash was given the task of transforming a townhouse into a royal palace. He doubled the size of the existing building, added two new wings and clad the whole structure in Bath stone. Though widely considered as an architectural masterpiece, the building costs soon escalated out of control. Nash was eventually removed from his post, never to receive an official commission again.

Edward Blore (1787 – 1879)
Edward Blore was contracted to complete the work started by Nash and was chosen again in 1841 to design the extension to the palace during the reign of Queen Victoria. He added an attic floor to the main floor of the palace and designed the new East front with its now famous façade and balcony.

Sir Aston Webb (1849 – 1930)
In 1913, King George V asked Aston Webb to redesign and repair the building’s façade. Webb, a renowned London-born architect, remodeled the building to the form we know today and clad the structure in Portland stone.
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