The Tallest Building in the Entire World
It was until January 2010 that the tallest building of all times was completed in Dubai. It is known as the Burj Khalifa, and it is currently one of the most incredible constructions there are. Its peak is strongly standing more than 2,700 feet above ground. That is just about 1000 feet taller than the second tallest building which is the Taipei 101. It is true that this incredible tower almost doubles the last tallest building of the world. This majestic building brings the crown back to the Middle East area for the first time in hundreds of years since the great pyramids.
It’s Structural Design – this unique tower is designed in a three lobed buttress style. This way it is able to combat the forces of the wind which really represent a threat at that height. This is probably one of the biggest concerns that engineers and architects have when building a tall building. The speed and strength with which the wind blows at such distance from the ground is totally stunning. It is designed in a way that it uses about half of Chicago’s Wills Tower floor area, and it measures about twice. This is because the structure is extremely thin and tall, which enhances the overall look of the tower, and also makes it totally efficient when it comes to wind treatment. The building is designed to not be affected by wind, despite where it can come from or its speed. It also gives a great opportunity to have window accesses in the interior layout.
The concrete used to build the Burj Khalifa is not just any common concrete. It is actually one real piece of technology and research. It is made out of silica fume and fly ash. This makes it have almost a liquid’s consistency. This makes itvery easy for builders to get the building standing as it is easier to pump it into the construction. This material also makes the building a lot easier to go-through for the air. This allows the air’s strength to hit the building violently.
Movement of air and Water – the water system inside the tower is truly an art piece. The tower is technically a series of 30-story buildings pilled one above the other. This way it is a lot easier to distribute the water up and down the building without having to build impossibly long tubes. So each 30-story pack has its own water system. More than 250,000 gallons of water flow through the building every day. This is why the system had to be divided.
Vertical Traffic – the Burj Khalifa counts with 57 elevators which are considered to be the fastest of the world. However, they still take about 2 minutes to transport people a distance of 1640 feet. A study proved that walking down the stairs of the entire building from the top to the bottom would take no less than 45 minutes. This proves us the stunning height of the construction. There are three sets of stairs per floor. They allow the building to be fluently evacuated in the moment of an emergency, differently from other tall buildings that offer 2 sets per floor the most.
It is totally for sure that the Burj Khalifa will stay in the first place for a long time, as it is one third higher than the previous recorder holder. As time will keep passing, we will be able to see how the building will become a lot more famous in every country, not only due to its looks and its great luxury, but also because of the engineering challenge it clearly represents.