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The Burj Khalifa has 330,000 m³ of concrete and 39,000 tons of steel bars, which placed one after another could give a quarter of a turn to the Earth?
The Burj Khalifa –in Arabic برجخليفة, Burj Ḫalīfa, ‘Khalifa Tower–, is a skyscraper located in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). At 828 meters high, it is the tallest structure on record in history.
Known during its construction as Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower), the Burj Khalifa is the central part of a development known as Downtown Dubai, a 2 km² complex located next to Sheikh Zayed Avenue, which crosses the city of Dubai. Construction began on January 6, 2004, with its official inauguration on January 4, 2010.
It is named after the Sheikh and President of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan.
The lead architect for the project is Adrian Smith, who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill until 2006. The construction of the Burj Khalifa had an estimated budget of more than $ 4 billion, which was increased to $ 20,000. million for the full development of Downtown Burj Khalifa. Part of the cost of the building was financed by the family of the Emir Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Burk Khalifa Records:
The Burj Khalifa has become the largest human-made skyscraper. The world records that it has broken are the following:
- Tallest building in the world, surpassing Taipei 101.
- Building with more number of floors, surpassing the International Commerce Center.
- Tallest building to the top occupied floor, beating Taipei 101.
- Building with the highest viewpoint-terrace, surpassing the Empire State Building.
- Building with the elevator that travels the longest distance in the world.
- World’s tallest service elevator.
- In addition, the Burj Khalifa is not only the tallest skyscraper but also the tallest structure supported without cables (surpassing the Tokyo Skytree) and the tallest structure in the world today (also the Tokyo Skytree) and built by man ( surpassing the Warsaw Radio Tower).
Burj Khalifa: The Tallest Skyscraper in the World
Other records that the Burj Khalifa has are:
- Tallest building to the roof, surpassing Taipei 101.
- Tallest building to the top of the structure, surpassing Taipei 101.
- Tallest building with antennas, surpassing the Willis Tower.
- Tallest building without a facade (at construction time), surpassing the Ryugyong Hotel.
- The highest pool (floor 76).
- The shadow cast by the longest building in the world, with a length of 2 467 m, surpassing the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, with a length of 1 117 m.
Additional Curious Facts:
- The 828 m of this building, counted from its base, makes it higher than the mountain or highest point of 61 countries, including Uruguay, Belgium and Senegal.
- In its foundations alone, the Burj Khalifa has 45,000 m³ of concrete weighing more than 110,000 tons.
- In total, the Burj Khalifa has 330,000 m³ of concrete and 39,000 tons of steel bars, which, placed one after the other, could give a quarter of a turn to the Earth.
- The amount of aluminum used in the building is similar to that used in 5 Airbus A380 aircraft.
- The amount of glass panels that the Burj Khalifa has could upholster up to about 17 football stadiums.
- At the beginning of the placement of the glass panels, the average speed was 20-30 panels per day. This figure rose to 175 panels per day.
- It can use up to 360 MW of electrical power.
- The Burj Khalifa needs about 946,000 liters of water per day for its supply system.
- Panoramic elevators travel at 10 m / s; that is to say, at 36 km / h.
- The interior elevators travel at 18 m / s; that is to say, almost 65 km / h.
- The light from the Burj Khalifa’s antenna can be seen for 95 km around.
- It is the first structure that the human being makes that breaks the barrier of 700 and 800 meters. No structure (including wire-supported antennas) had accomplished this.
- It has an approximate weight of 500 thousand tons.
- The panes of the glass facade reject approximately 80% of solar radiation.
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