WORLD'S TALLEST HIGH-RISE BUILDING IN DUBAI
Burj Khalifa Skyscraper
Opened 2010 as Burj Khalifa with hotel and residences, the footprint of the building was inspired by Islamic patterns of the Hymenocallis flower. Dubai tallest skyscraper was designed 2004 by architect Adrian Smith of architects Skidmore Owings Merrill (New York) with 828 meter height.
The residential superstructure's chief structural engineer Bill Baker and his team invented a Y-shaped buttressed core system after a lot of aero- dynamic testing to catch up with the strong winds at the Persian Gulf. A similar ground plot can be found at the Lake Point Towers in Chicago, Illinois built 1965 by architects Schipporeit + Heinrich at Lake Michigan.
During construction in 2007 this was the world's tallest man-made structure. Due to high temperatures the concrete work had to be done by night. Because of adiabatic cooling, the exterior temperature at the top of this super-tall building is 6° Celsius lower than at it's base.
The Dubai Fountain between the Burj Khalifa and the shopping mall is a choreographed water feature, set in a man-made lake. Visitors can enjoy the show every evening after sunset, accompanied by Arabic music, Pop or Classic sounds.
The water entertainment technology was designed in 2008 by WET Design of Los Angeles, California.