THE BURJ KHALIFA
In this section we will take a closer look at Adrian Smith’s impressive masterpiece, the Burj Khalifa.
Although we have already presented this building on page 3, here we will see the construction process and every detail that was used to achieve this result.
Here I’ve linked a presentation I made explaining each part of the building its corresponding elaboration process:
ANALYSIS OF THE FORM
|Official Name||BURJ KHALIFA BIN ZAYED|
|Final height of the building||828 meters (2,717 feet )|
|Period of construction||2004-2010|
RELATIONSHIP WITH ITS SURROUNDINGS
This skyscraper is located in the central part of Dubai’s waterfront, next to Sheik Zayed Road (Dubai’s main avenue).
The construction of this skyscraper is not motivated by lack of space (as is the case in New York City). The city of Dubai has vast expanses and much of its territory is desert. The city is in the midst of a mega-project that seeks to position it as a global luxury hotspot, and the Burj Khalifa is just one of hundreds of projects. Downtown Burj Dubai alone is already home to the world’s longest fountain, the Burj Khalifa Lake Hotel & Serviced Apartments, the Dubai Mall (the world’s largest shopping mall), the Burj Khalifa Mall Hotel and 19 residential towers.
So the Burj Khalifa has a lot in common with its surroundings as everything in that area is luxury.
The design for the tower is inspired by the geometries of a regional desert flower and the patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture. The relationship of the composition of the building is one of symmetry and axis, plus it has a cubeboid form. Built of reinforced concrete and clad in glass, the tower is composed of sculpted volumes arranged around a central buttressed core. As it rises from a flat base, setbacks occur in an upward spiraling pattern, which reduces the building’s mass as it reaches skyward. At the pinnacle, the central core emerges and is sculpted to form a spire.
With more than 3 million square feet of interior space at Burj Khalifa, planning and interior design began at the earliest stages of structural and architectural development. In designing the lobbies, guest amenities, lounges, offices, board room floor and chairman’s suite, SOM’s interiors team took inspiration from the building’s technological achievement as much as from the region’s culture and heritage. The interiors of the highest floors reflect celestial influences, inspired by the notion of a stationary spacecraft.