The top 40 floors – grow ever smaller towards the top – these will be occupied by the tower’s service centres.
The final number of floors was estimated during contruction to be 195 but it ended up with 162. In case you were wondering “Burj” is Arabic for “Tower”.
The building was designed by Skimore, Owings, & Merrill it was estimated to cost cost a massive $800,000,000.00, but the developer of the newly opened tower said it cost about 1.5 billion dollars to build the tapering metal-and-glass spire billed as a “vertical city” of luxury apartments and offices.
It boasts four swimming pools, a private library and a hotel designed by Giorgio Armani.and replaces a plan to reuse the design for Grollo Tower, which was proposed in Melbourne a few years earlier.
The site of the tower was on a man-made lake which is designed to wrap around the tower and to provide dramatic views of it.
As more consumers have opted to purchase their music online over the last few years, the market share of digital music retailers has increased rapidly. With iTunes leading the charge, digital retailers now account for over 35% of all music sales. The introduction of variable pricing by iTunes in April of this year brought on a dramatic increase in the number of monthly transactions per user, helping them to pass Wal-Mart as the leading music retailer. It is also important to note the other digital retailers implementing different sales models that are increasing total user spending and beginning to stake claim to a significant share of the market.