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Author Topic: The world's tallest building opens today  (Read 1215 times)

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Offline GSOgymrat

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The world's tallest building opens today
« on: January 04, 2010, 02:25:26 PM »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8439618.stm

The world's tallest building has been opened with a dramatic fireworks ceremony in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.

The Burj Khalifa was revealed to be 828m (2,716ft) high, far taller than the previous record holder, Taipei 101.

The numbers:
95: distance in km at which its spire can be seen
504: rise in metres of its main service lift
57: number of lifts
49: number of office floors
1,044: number of residential apartments
900: length in feet of the fountain at the foot of the tower, the world's tallest performing fountain
28,261: number of glass cladding panels on the exterior of the tower
5,000,000: square feet of floor space




Amazing. Quite a feat of architecture.
« Last Edit: January 04, 2010, 02:44:56 PM by GSOgymrat »

Offline Cliff

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Re: The world tallest building opens today
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2010, 02:41:37 PM »
I was in Dubai in 2007 and saw it being constructed.  It looked exceptionally tall (and out-of-place) then.  I wonder how it looks now!

Offline fearless

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Re: The world's tallest building opens today
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2010, 05:01:46 PM »
Like a needle bursting the bubble  ;)
Be forgiving, be grateful, be optimistic

Offline HOPPE

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Re: The world's tallest building opens today
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010, 02:15:50 PM »
like an architect i hate that building.... but it's a great engineering project!
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Offline mecch

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Re: The world's tallest building opens today
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010, 02:35:26 PM »
Very very Emerald City.
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: The world's tallest building opens today
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2010, 02:57:09 PM »
Very very Emerald City.

I thought the same thing. The architecture of the building seems to have some critics but I think it looks rather nice for an enormous skyscraper, better than the Willis Tower.

Offline mecch

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Re: The world's tallest building opens today
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2010, 03:40:04 PM »
Just hope Dubai never pisses off the radicals.  Al Queda hates the Saudi Regime but the Saudi have the infrastructure to protect itself. I can't imagine tiny Dubai having much of a homeland security department!
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

 


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