If Tom Cruise ever heard how the Burj Khalifa creaks when a storm hits the city, he would have worn his harness throughout the shoot of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” in the building.
Yes! the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, sways and creaks like a rickety old ship, sailing in rough ocean waters.
The creepy and eerie sounds of the building creaking due to strong winds were captured in a video documented by Gerald Donovan, a film-maker based in Dubai, reports Gizmodo.
However, the Burj Khalifa is not the only building that sways during strong winds or storms, the Empire State Building and the Taipei 101 also do so.
Tall skyscrapers are actually engineered to sway or bend a little during harsh conditions and strong winds so that they don’t break into half. The “bending advantage” is given to the buildings in order to destroy or minimize the mechanical advantage that the winds or other forces like compression, precipitation and gravity can have on the building, explains Straightdope.com. More info and VIDEO