Dubai futuristic scenario: one of the most growing cities
Over the last 30 years, Dubai has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing cities. This rapid urbanization presents challenges with respect to the radical culture values, in fact, the city has been changing from a regional center to a global hub for economy, architecture and multicultural society. The high number of expats chooses Dubai and Abu Dhabi as the destination for life improvement and numbers prove it. It has been associated with the desire to build tall facilities as a statement of modernity, globalization and economic prosperity. Dubai is leader in the innovation field.
Dubai futuristic scenario: the Burj Khalifa
The ‘Burj Khalifa‘ is a supertall skyscraper completed in 2010 and it is the tallest man-made structure in the world, designed by Adrian Smith who worked with the building’s architecture and engineering firms such as Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. In September 2007, just 1,325 days after excavation began on-site, this building became the tallest freestanding structure in the world. The Burj Khalifa’s design embodies the lyrical and well-proportioned structure of the Hymenocallis or Spider Lily, a regional desert flower widely cultivated in Dubai that inspired architect Adrian Smith’s vision of the iconic tower. The spider lily is a noticeable part of the stunning landscaping that surrounds the tower.
On January 4th 2010 the eyes of the world turned to the Burj Khalifa as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai inaugurated the world’s tallest tower know by then as the Burj Dubai. A spectacular light and sound show followed and was broadcast around the world.
Dubai futuristic scenario: the tower has all the numbers
A truly mixed-use tower, the Burj Khalifa comprises 1.85 million square feet of residential space, and 300,000 square feet of office space, in addition to the Armani Hotel Dubai and the Armani Residences. Burj Khalifa holds the world record for the highest habitable floor at 160 stories. Height of At the Top, the Burj Khalifa is equivalent to being on the tip of the Petronas Towers in Malaysia.The Burj Khalifa record-breaks every other building using:
– 330,000 cubic meters (11.6 million cubic feet) of concrete;
– 39,000 m/t of reinforced steel;
– 103,000 square meters (1.1 million square feet) of glass;
– 15,500 square meters (166,800 square feet) of embossed stainless steel.
It took 22 million man hours to build the tower in six years of construction.
The Burj Khalifa ranks first on all three criteria for tall buildings – height to architectural top (828 meters or 2,716.5 feet); height to highest occupied floor (over 570 meters or 1,800 feet); height to tip (828 meters or 2,716.5 feet). The maximum occupancy is around 35,000 people, which is the population of a small town. Height of the tower from level 124 to the spire more than the height of Eiffel Tower and other global buildings . The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) bestowed the ‘Global Icon’ award on Burj Khalifa in 2010 in fact the Observation Deck on Level 148 of Burj Khalifa is the highest in the world at 555 meters.
Dubai futuristic scenario: local inspiration, global expertise
The interiors of the Burj Khalifa’s residences are inspired by Middle Eastern culture. Curves and arcs that are representative of the Arabic calligraphy as well as the slopes of sand, dunes and sounds are traceable in the flooring, carpets, ceilings and during the fastest (22 mph) elevator trip. The ceiling of the 125th floor of the Burj Khalifa features a sprawling ‘mashrabiya‘ – intricately carved latticework – across it as a tribute to Arabian arts and culture. To celebrate the winning of Dubai’s bid to host Expo 2020 “Connecting Minds, Creating The Future” His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum hoisted the UAE national flag from the tip of the Burj Khalifa. Situated on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, At.mosphere is the world’s highest lounge bar, offering a unique epicurean experience with a side order of stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s skyline.
The Burj Khalifa is a symbol of the aesthetic union of many cultures around the world. According to Emaar’s chairman Mr. Mohamed Alabbar, it is the Arab world’s tribute to the art and science of modern engineering. The Burj Khalifa joined a prestigious lineup of buildings when it joined the LEGO® Architecture collection in the year 2011. The Burj Khalifa’s LEGO® model is designed by renowned architect Adam Reed Tucker. And again, in 2014, Dubai Shopping Festival hosted the world’s first ‘vertical fashion show’ in here. The extraordinary show featured models cat walking on the external facade of the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai futuristic scenario: culture and Italian taste
The Armani Hotel Dubai and Armani Residences Dubai were designed and developed by Giorgio Armani himself, offering a unique and bespoke service, embodying the ‘Stay with Armani’ philosophy. It opened its doors on April 27, 2010. The tower also features lounges, health and wellness facilities, four pools and two observation decks. All aspects of the luxury hotel bear the signature markings of Giorgio Armani, from the room designs to the fabrics and furnishings selected. Moreover an extraordinary multicultural journey takes place at the Burj Khalifa. It is home to the commissioned works of over 85 artists from around the world, their artworks vary from impressionism to abstract works, but they all reveal an Arabic cultural context.
The Burj Khalifa is a window of the world’s most luxurious materials – the interiors of the tower feature silver travertine flooring, Venetian stucco walls, handmade rugs, stone flooring and dark, intricate Brazilian santos rosewood. In 2012, the Burj Khalifa joined forces with Noor Dubai Foundation on ‘Art4Sight’ during which Esref Armagan, a blind Turkish painter, sketched the building just by feeling a miniature model of the tower with his fingers.