40 Stunning and Amazing Facts About the World's Tallest Building - Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa, an architectural wonder, has been the world’s tallest building since Jan. 4, 2010. This $1.5 billion supertall skyscraper is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1.) Burj Khalifa is currently the world’s tallest skyscraper with a height of 848 meters. The previous holder of the record is Taipei 101 with a height of 509.2 meters.
2.) It is presently the world’s tallest structure ever built at 828 meters. The previous record holder is Warsaw Radio Mast with a height of 646.38 meters.
3.) This supertall skyscraper is the world’s tallest extant structure at 828 meters. The record is previously held by KVLY-TV Mast with a height of 628.8 meters.
4.) The record for the world’s tallest freestanding structure is also taken by Burj Khalifa at 828 meters high from CN Tower with a height of 553.3 meters.
5.) The world record for the building with most floors is now held by Burj Khalifa with 160. The record is previously held by Willis Tower with 108.
6.) Burj Khalifa is the building with the world’s highest occupied floor at 160th floor.
7.) It also holds the record for the world's highest elevator installation, situated inside a rod at the very top of the building.
8.) Burj Khalifa holds the world's fastest elevators at speed of 64 km/h or 18 m/s. the previous record belongs to Taipei 101 at 16.83 m/s.
9.) This impressive structure has the world’s highest vertical concrete pumping for a building at 606 meter high.
10.) This architectural marvel is the first world’s tallest structure in history to include residential space.
11.) This engineering feat contains the world’s highest outdoor observation deck (124th floor) at 452 meters high. It features the Behold Telescope which allows visitors to view the surrounding landscape in real-time, and to view previously saved images such as those taken at different times of day or under different weather conditions.
12.) Burj Khalifa holds the record for the highest mosque in the world. The mosque is located on the 158th floor.
13.) This spectacular manmade wonder also holds the record for the world's highest installation of an aluminum and glass façade at a height of 512 meters.
14.) Burj Khalifa also boasts the world's highest swimming pool. The pool is located at the 76th floor.
15.) Office space price at Burj Khalifa is over US$43,000 per m² and the Armani Residences is sold over US$37,500 per m2.
16.) The tower, formerly known as Burj Dubai, was renamed Burj Khalifa in honor of the UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his crucial support.
17.) Burj Khalifa is a large-scale and mixed-use development that contains 30,000 homes, 9 hotels, 3 hectares parkland, 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall and the 12-hectare man-made Burj Khalifa Lake.
18.) So you think this supertall skyscraper doesn’t sway. At its tallest point, the tower sways a total of 1.5 meter.
19.) The spire of Burj Khalifa is composed of more than 4,400 short tons of structural steel. The central pinnacle pipe weighs 350 short tons and was constructed from inside the building and jacked to its full height of over 200 meters using a strand jack system.
20.) More than 1,000 pieces of art adorn the interiors of Burj Khalifa.
21.) The residential lobby displays the work of Jaume Plensa which features 196 bronze and brass alloy cymbals plated with 18-carat gold representing the 196 countries of the world.
22.) Visitors of the residential lobby will be able to hear a distinct timbre as the cymbals are struck by dripping water that mimic the sound of water falling on leaves.
23.) The exterior cladding of Burj Khalifa consists of 142,000 m2 of reflective glazing, and aluminum and textured stainless steel spandrel panels with vertical tubular fins.
24.) More than 26,000 glass panels were used in the exterior cladding of Burj Khalifa. More than 300 cladding specialists from China were brought in for the cladding work on the tower.
25.) The 900 private residential apartments from ground floor up to the 108th were sold out within eight hours of being on the market.
26.) Burj Khalifa, a modern wonder of the world, can hold up to 35,000 people at any one time.
27.) A total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators are installed. The elevators have a capacity of 12 to 14 people per cabin, the fastest rising and descending at up to 18 m/s.
28.) The double-deck elevators are equipped with entertainment features such as LCD displays to serve visitors during their travel to the observation deck.
29.) This impressive building has 2,909 stairs from the ground floor to the 160th floor
30.) The Burj Khalifa's water system supplies an average of 946,000 liters of water per day.
31.) At the peak cooling times, the tower requires cooling equivalent to that provided by 10,000 tons of melting ice in one day.
32.) The tower has 24,348 windows. To clean these windows, a horizontal track has been installed on the exterior of Burj Khalifa at levels 40, 73 and 109. Each track holds a 1,500 kg bucket machine which moves horizontally and then vertically using heavy cables. It will take 36 workers three to four months to clean the entire exterior facade.
33.) Aren’t you afraid of heights? Then work as window cleaner of the Burj Khalifa. The top of the spire is reserved for specialist window cleaners, who brave the heights and high winds dangling by ropes to clean and inspect the top of the pinnacle.
34.) The record-setting fountain system outside of Burj Khalifa, which is worth US$217 million, is illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 colored projectors. It is 275 meters in length and shoots water 150 m into the air, accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. The magnificent fountain was named the Dubai Fountain.
35.) Burj Khalifa’s 11 hectares park, whose design is based on the symmetries of the desert flower, Hymenocallis, has six water features, gardens, palm lined walkways, and flowering trees.
36.) At the centre of the park and the base of Burj Khalifa is the water room, which is a series of pools and water jet fountains. In addition, the railing, benches and signs incorporate images of Burj Khalifa and the Hymenocallis flower.
37.) More than 45,000 m3 of high density, low permeability concrete, weighing more than 110,000 tonnes were used to construct the concrete and steel foundation of this magnificent building.
38.) Burj Khalifa's construction used 330,000 m3 of concrete and 55,000 tonnes of steel rebar, and construction took 22 million man-hours.
39.) The opening ceremony of Burj Khalifa on 4 January 2010 featured a display of 10,000 fireworks, light beams projected on and around the tower, and further sound, light and water effects.
40.) The world record for the highest BASE jump from a building was set on January 8, 2010 at Burj Khalifa. The jumpers, Nasr Al Niyadi and Omar Al Hegelan, descended the vertical drop at a speed of up to 220 km/h. This historic and spectacular feat is a 90 second jump.
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