Burj Khalifa Stories
Burj Khalifa stories are full with interesting stories. As a mega tall building in the world, this building will always be easy to remember by the world community. At least, until the next mega tall building exist. The Burj Khalifa stories has several outstanding facts. Let see the floors of this building first. There are 163 floors inside the building. But there are only 154 of them are usable. As for the rest floors, 9 of them are for maintenance and 2 of them for parking that are below the ground.
Considering the number of the floors, it looks pretty clear about how long it takes to build this mega structure. It has never been easy to build this world’s highest building. This project began on January 6, 2004 and was completed on December 30, 2009. But Burj Khalifa was officially opened on January 4, 2010. As you can see, the construction period was so long. It took about 5 years to build a mega structure like this.
To build this construction, it took more than just enough time. The best team was also needed. On this project, there were more than one architects. At least, there were 4 architects worked on this project such as Adrian Smith, George J. Efstathiou, Marshall Strabala and William F. Baker. The developer of this project is Emaar Properties with Bill Baker as the structural engineer and many main contractors such as Turner Construction and Laing O’Rourke.
Today, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building on Earth. But people may wonder about the reason of the development itself. Why the government of United Arab Emirates built this mega structure? This is the other interesting Burj Khalifa stories to know. As people know, United Arab Emirates is one of the biggest oil based economies. But the government realized that they cannot rely on the oil forever. Diversity from oil based economy to service and tourism is a good solution for this. And as the beginning, they need something sensational. Something that can be a landmark and tourism attraction. This is the beginning of Burj Khalifa stories.
Burj Khalifa stories is not only about its sensational height. The design and architecture are also make Burj Khalifa stories interesting. It does not have a traditional shape just like the other buildings. It also has Islamic architecture of the spiral minaret. This is why this building slenderizes to the top. Thanks to this, Burj Khalifa has a strong structure. Although it has 163 floors and stands at 829.8 m, this building still stands strong.
The final height of Burj Khalifa is 829.8 m. But do you know about the fact behind it? Actually, Burj Khalifa was planned to be 808 m tall. But Adrian Smith, the design architect of this building felt the top side of the building looks not elegant. It looks unmatched with the rest of the design itself. That is why, the new design was made with the more slender crown on the top.
Today, Burj Khalifa hotel has become one of the most expensive hotel in the world. It also becomes a main tourism attraction in United Arab Emirates. But now, you know more than that. You can see other Burj Khalifa stories as we will post them soon.