Burj Khalifa

Dubai, UAE

Project Overview

Soaring 828 m above Dubai, this 162-storey office, retail, hotel and residential tower, constructed in high-performance concrete, is currently the world’s tallest man-made structure and the centrepiece of a large mixed-use development. The tower is Y-shaped in plan, an efficient shape in resisting wind forces on the tower, while maximising the views of the Arabian Gulf. The structural system is that of a buttressed core, with each wing having longitudinal and cross walls that act like the web and flanges of an I-beam buttressing the other wings via a six-sided central core. The result is a tower that is extremely stiff both laterally and torsionally. The wings of the tower step back in a pattern that spirals up the building, thus changing the shape of the tower at each setback and disrupting the wind, which greatly contributes to the efficiency of the overall structure.

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Key Details

Project Type

Hospitality

Location

Dubai, UAE

Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Scope

Structure

Disclaimer: This project was designed by a current employee of KPM Engineering when they were at a previous design consultant.

Key Details

Project Type

Hospitality

Location

Dubai, UAE

Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Scope

Structure

Disclaimer: This project was designed by a current employee of KPM Engineering when they were at a previous design consultant.

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