A Changing Skyline – The World’s Tallest Buildings Over Time
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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.
It has been over five years since the Burj Dubai began construction on 21 September 2004, however tonight the world’s tallest building will be given a lavish opening ceremony, assuaging any fears that the emirate is still reeling from last year’s debt crisis.
Emaar Properties, the site’s developer, are planning to throw a massive display of “sound, light, water and fireworks” to celebrate the opening and completion of the 818m-tall tower. However, whilst the exterior of the super skyscraper is complete, an army of workers are still labouring to fit out the 162-floor building.