Opening this week, the 828 m (2,716.5 ft) mixed use building knocked Toronto’s CN Tower out of its 35 year record standing. Yes, it true folks, Canada has tall buildings too….the CN Tower which was completed in 1975 stands at 553.33 m (1,815 ft, 5 in). While Torontonians may not to be too concerned about the CN Tower being bumped down on the world’s tallest buildings list, it would appear that size really does matter to some countries. China’s Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower is set to rival the Burj Khalifa as it will bump the CN Tower further down the list when it is completed in 2011.
But, back to the Burj… Construction began in 2004, during a time of economic growth. However, times have obviously changed in this playground, with Dubai recently accepting a $10 billion handout from the towers namesake (President Khalifa Bin Zayed; President of the UAE ). However, 1,325 days after excavation began, over 6,000 people showed up to witness the spectacular fireworks signaling the grand opening of the record breaking tower.
Architects and engineers from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill worked (along with other professionals) to create this national icon which can be seen from approximately 60 miles away and boasts the world’s highest mosque and swimming pool. The concrete, steel and glass building has over 1,000 apartments for sale with prices originally reported to be around $2,700/sq ft (prices have since decreased). In addition to the residential space, the tower has 49 floors dedicated to office space and what mega tower would be complete without a luxury hotel? Well the Burj Khalifa won’t let visitors down, it has the Armani design seal of approval on 160 opulent rooms.
A few construction details: