Burj Khalifa – the megatall skyscraper in Dubai is currently the world‘s tallest building. Known for its cloud-piercing height, magnificent architect and splendor, Burj Khalifa was inaugurated in 2010. This skyscraper was initially named as “Burj Dubai” prior to its inauguration. However, its name was changed to "Burj Khalifa" in the honor of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Khalifa. Not only this is the world’s tallest building, but also it has several records. Here are some of incredible and interesting facts about Burj Khalifa.
17 Mind-Blowing And Interesting Facts About Burj Khalifa!
1. Burj Khalifa is world’s tallest building and three times tall than the Eiffel tower!This skyscraper is staggering 828 meters (2716.5 feet) tall. This is three times high than the Eiffel Tower as well two time high than the Empire State Building. You can see the top of Burj from 95 km away.
2. The idea behind the construction of Burj Khalifa!The Burj Khalifa houses a variety of commercial, residential, and hospitality ventures. This skyscraper houses several offices, luxury hotels observation decks, restaurants and much more. Its construction work started in 2004 and it took about six year to complete the project. This is equivalent to 22 million man-hours. Burj Khalifa was officially inaugurated on 4 January, 2010.
3. Who designed Burj Khalifa?Burj Khalifa, World’s tallest skyscraper, was designed by an American architectural and engineering firm, “Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM)”.
4. The tower's architecture is inspired by the Hymenocallis flower!Adrian Smith was the architect for this skyscraper. The designers of Burj Khalifa took the inspiration from the Hymenocallis flower. This is a regional desert flower. It is common name is “spider lily”. It has six petals elegantly tapering outwards from the central core. The top view of Burj Khalifa shows exact tri-lobe shape of this flower. In addition, the central core provides the torsional resistance of the structure, just like an axle.
5. Amazing facts about the construction of Burj Khalifa!For the construction of Burj Khalifa, more than 330,000 cubic meters of concrete was used. This concrete weighs equal to 100,000 elephants. Massive quantity, about 55,000 tons of rubber was used to reinforce steel bars. Moreover, these, vibration absorbing rubber bearings were installed so as to withstand the earthquake of magnitudes up to 7 on the Richter scale. Dubai temperatures can easily rise up to 40 degrees in daytime, with average humidity of just below 60%. Therefore, air condition system is not sufficient and especially for a glass skyscraper. Thus, designers have used especially hand-cut glass panels with two faces. Its external metal coating reflects ultraviolet rays. Furthermore, the inner silver coating reflects infrared rays, thus preventing the skyscraper from overheating.
- Another of interesting facts about Burj Khalifa! There are about 26,000 hand-cut glass panels in the exterior of Burj Khalifa. Interestingly, it takes three months to clean the windows from top to bottom.
- The gigantic project also used Aluminum that weighs as much as 5 Airbus A380 airliners.
- It has specially designed elevator system for emergency evacuation in case of natural disaster, fire and terrorist attack. There are 57 elevators and eight escalators in the building.
- During peak construction time, more than 12,000 construction workers worked on the site.
- Despite the horrendous working conditions for laborers, fortunately, there were just a few deaths. As per some reports, just 4-5 deaths were reported. However, it is possible that the number is high.
6. Aside from world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa holds six more world records!Burj Khalifa holds six more world records for:
- World’s tallest freestanding structure
- Building for highest number of stories
- Building with the highest occupied floor in the world
- Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
- World’s tallest service elevator in the world
- Having the elevator with longest travel distance