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Burj Khalifa / SOM

  • 02:00 - 23 October, 2017
Burj Khalifa / SOM
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  • Architects

    SOM
  • Location

    1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Category

  • Area

    454249.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
    • Structural Engineering

      SOM
    • MEP

      SOM
    • Interior Design

      SOM
    • General Contractor

      Samsung Corporation / Dubai Contracting Company LLC
    • Construction Manager:

      Turner International
    • Acoustical / Audio Visual / Telecommunications

      Pelton Marsh Kinsella
    • External Water Features

      Crystal Fountains 8 Elevators: Lerch, Bates & Associates Inc.
    • Fire & Life Safety

      The RJA Group, Inc.
    • Facade Maintenance

      Lerch, Bates & Associates Inc., Facade Access Consulting, Citadel Consulting
    • Food Service

      Trend Foodservice Design
    • Geotechnical

      Hyder International
    • Graphics

      emerystudio
    • Interior Water Features and Pools

      PA EMS, Ltd.
    • Landscape

      Cracknell Landscape Design LLC
    • Lighting

      Fisher Marantz Stone
    • Parking

      Walker Parking
    • Security Systems

      Sinclair Knight Merz Consulting
    • Surveying

      Emirates Nortech Surveys
    • Wind Engineering

      RWDI Inc.
    • More Specs Less Specs
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    Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    Text description provided by the architects. Soaring 828 meters above the metropolis of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. The design for the 162-story tower combines local cultural influences with cutting-edge technology to achieve high performance in an extreme desert climate.

    elevator section
    elevator section

    The centerpiece of a large mixed-use development, the Burj Khalifa contains offices, retail space, residential units, and a Giorgio Armani hotel. A Y-shaped floor plan maximizes views of the Arabian Gulf. At ground level, the skyscraper is surrounded by green space, water features, and pedestrian-friendly boulevards.

    Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
    Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    The tower’s overall design was inspired by the geometries of a regional desert flower and the patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture. Built of reinforced concrete and clad in glass, the tower is composed of sculpted volumes arranged around a central buttressed core. As the tower rises from a flat base, setbacks occur in an upward spiraling pattern, reducing the building’s mass as it reaches skyward. At the pinnacle, the central core emerges and forms a spire. 

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    Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
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    Beyond its record-breaking height, the Burj Khalifa incorporates new structural and construction efficiencies to reduce material usage and waste. These include a “sky-sourced” ventilation system, in which cool, less humid air is drawn in through the top of the building. The tower also has one of the largest condensate recovery systems in the world.

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    Cite: "Burj Khalifa / SOM" 23 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/882100/burj-khalifa-som/> ISSN 0719-8884
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