Burj Khalifa has redefined what is possible in the design and engineering of super tall buildings. By combining cutting-edge technologies and cultural influences, the building serves as a global icon that is both a model for future urban centres and speaks of the global movement towards compact, livable urban areas. The tower and its surrounding neighbourhood are more centralised than any other new development in Dubai. The world’s tallest building stands at 828 metres. An incomparable feat of engineering, the Burj Khalifa is a symbol of dynamism and prosperity of the Middle East. Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, has called the awe inspiring structure as Arab world’s tribute to the art and science of modern engineering and design. Burj Khalifa symbolises the aesthetic union of Arabian and world architecture.
The design of the Burj Khalifa was done by the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) with Adrian Smith FAIA and RIBA as consulting design partners. The tower’s wings extend from its core, forming a triple-lobed footprint. About one-fourth of the 163 floors feature the Armani Hotel, Armani Residences and private ultra-luxury residences. The rest of the floors cater to Corporate Suites except for level 124 which is the world’s second-highest public observatory.