Adrian Smith, a Chicago architect who designed Burj Khalifa, is rumored to be the architect, something his office has neither confirmed nor denied. Oh, what mystery this entire affair really is. There's nothing like a bit of architectural intrigue.
At more than 828 meters or 2,716.5 feet, the 160-story Burj Khalifa, formerly Burj Dubai, is the tallest building in the world and features more than 167,000 square meters or 1.8 million square feet of glass. About twice the height of New York’s Empire State Building, the tower is sheathed in close to 26,000 glass panels over a total curtain wall area of 132,000 square meters.
Although impressive, it’s still not as tall as the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, which checks in at approximately 2,717 feet. By comparison, the next tallest building is the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which only reaches 1,667 feet.
Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE has unveiled a new hoisting technology that will enable elevators to travel heights of one kilometer – twice the distance than currently possible.
The state-of-the-art Philips Dynalite lighting control system was installed at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, setting new standards in lighting ambience and functionality. Burj Khalifa stands at over 828 metres, setting new records in terms of its structure and facilities.
“At 820 metres, the metro link is one of the longest of its kind, linking Dubai Metro with the leading retail and lifestyle destination in Dubai,” said Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties. “The direct connection with the Dubai Metro, which is now one of the most popular public transport modes in the city, will help in reducing vehicular traffic, and enable visitors to simply walk across from the station to Downtown Dubai through a temperature-controlled travellator.”
Solar panels on the Burj Khalifa will heat 140,000 liters of water a day, the building’s developers have claimed. Ahmad Al Matrooshi, the managing director of developers Emaar, said that the world’s tallest building – which re-opened to tourists on Monday – would be a benchmark for urban developments seeking sustainability in the region.
Blair Kamin has an update on the Kingdom Tower, the proposed 3,280-ish-foot skyscraper designed by local starchitect Adrian Gill and planned for completion in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at an estimated cost of $1.23 billion dollars (cheaper than the Burj Khalifa, a Gill project at SOM, thanks to low labor costs).