Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2010 Global Icon Award and Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa
Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Owner/Developer: Emaar Properties PJSC
Building Type: Office / Residential / Hotel
Date of completion:  January 2010
Total Area: 3,331,249 sq. ft. (309,473 sq.m)
Total Height / Floors: 2,717 ft. (828 m) / 163
Architect:  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
MEP Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Contractor:  Samsung Engineering and Construction; Arabtec; Besix



The unprecedented height of the Burj Khalifa required design techniques, building systems, and construction practices to all be rethought and in many cases new applications developed in order to create a practical and efficient building. The building’s “Y” shaped plan provides the maximum amount of perimeter for windows in living spaces and bedrooms without developing a large amount of internal unusable area. The basic plan shape references regional architecture in the pointed ends of the “Y” which are reminiscent of Islamic archways. As the tapering tower rises, setbacks occur at the end bay of each “wing” in an upward spiraling pattern that decreases the mass of the tower as the height increases. These setbacks were modeled in the wind tunnel to minimize wind forces.

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For more information on the Burj Khalifa please visit the building website.