BURJ KHALIFA

 
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 the cutting edge technology to achieve high performance in an extreme desert climate.
The centerpiece of a large mixed-use development, the Burj Khalifa contains offices, retail space, residential units, and a Giorgio Armani Hotel. A Y-shped
floor plan maximizes views of the Arabian Gulf. At ground level, the skyscraper is surrounded by green space, water features, and pedestrain-friendily
boulevards.
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 patternm reducing the building's mass as it reaches skyward. At the pinnacle, the central core emerges and forms a spire.
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 system in the world.
 
 

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