A Changing Skyline – The World’s Tallest Buildings Over Time
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It’s hard to grasp the breathtaking scale of the epic war between Microsoft, Google and Apple. Billions upon billions of dollars. Entire industries at stake. This is the board. These are the pieces.
If you think about it, what’s shocking isn’t the size of Microsoft or Apple, companies that are decades old, established titans of industry (even if they have stumbled in the past)—it’s Google.
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.