Whether we admit it or not, the existing massive Skyscrapers today are certainly among the greatest achievements of humankind. Besides their towering structure than their counterparts, these types of buildings possess impressive sturdiness, durability, strength and longevity.
The people who are behind the constructions of these skyscrapers made sure that they prepared the most suitable designs, high grade materials and can uphold different types of weather conditions in this planet. In addition, all the engineers, architects and workers had met the standard of the latest technological constructions and equipments.
This is the exact reason why these towering building structures are competitive.
If we talk about the first tallest skyscraper in the world, there is no doubt that we are discussing about the massive structure of the Burj Khalifa or also known as Burj Al-Dubai before. This is currently the highest constructed building on earth standing about 2,722 feet on the ground or 829.8 meters as detailed from the recorded data. Its location is at the beautiful Sheikh Zayad Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Since 2008, they recognized it as the “Tallest Building in the World” ever built.
The beginning of the construction of this towering structure started back in January 6, 2004 and needed at least 5 years before completing the entire design of its exterior, which made this massive structure appealing to the naked eyes. Two the most important persons who are responsible in completing the Burj Khalifa involve Engr. Bill Baker and Architect Adrian Smith who are both from Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) based in Chicago. Aside from SOM, the other construction firms that took part in completing this skyscraper include Besix and Arabtec, Samsung Engineering and Construction (South Korean) and Emaar Properties.
The materials they use include solid steels, high-grade glasses, aluminums and reinforced concretes that made it sturdier and can last longer.
According to the recorded cost of this massive Dubai-based massive building is almost $1.5 billion and features overall Islamic-inspired designs that are evident from the architectural elements. Looking at the entire interior decorations, all of the ornaments, paintings, decorations and patterns truly symbolize the historic traditions and cultures of Islam.
As detailed by the shared information about the base of the building, they utilize a pattern that represents the Hymenocalli Flower. After its completion, they open the building to the public in July 4, 2010 and this inauguration represents the rising throne of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashin Al Maktoum in Dubai.
History revealed that this giant skyscraper in UAE is the second recognized tallest structure built in the Middle East and the first one is the Great Pyramid of Giza. Regarding the name of the building, it actually gives honor to the King Khalifa bin Sayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, President of UAE and primary supporters in the successful construction of the 160-storey Burj Khalfia.
According from the information published through burjkhalifa.ae, this first tallest skyscraper in the world also holds the records of the following:
- Has the world’s highest number of stories
- Currently the world’s tallest free-raised building structure
- Has the world’s highest outdoor observation deck
- Has the world’s highest elevator service
- Has the world’s highest occupied floor and
- Has the world’s longest elevator travel
Being the tallest skyscraper of all the tallest buildings in history, it surpassed the current achievements of the CN Tower (Toronto, Canada) and KVLY-TV (North Dakota), as stated by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
There are definitely many highest buildings on earth such as the Tokyo Skytree, Taipei 101, Empire State Building and the Petronas Tower. However, the Burj Khalifa is presently the tallest of them all.