Living in the Sky
The Burj Chalifa in Dubai (Burj means ‘Tower’ in Arabic) is the tallest building in the world at 828 meters. It’s the first time that the world’s tallest building has been in the Middle East since 1300 when Lincoln Cathedral snatched glory from the great pyramid of Giza.
Discerning people looking down on the Burj from the air will notice that the shape of the tower seems strangely familiar. The geometric shape of the building is taken from the flower of the Hymenocallis, a plant widely cultivated in Dubai and elsewhere in the Middle East. Other subtle details reflect the influence of Islamic culture and architecture.
But that’s only part of the story. It’s not just a super high-rise block of luxury flats; living there will mean a whole new way of life for its residents. There will be exclusive restaurants, luxurious pools, a fitness center, a library and relaxation areas and, of course, the best views on the planet.
Splendor and Luxury in a Building of Superlatives
The Tower was designed by celebrity architect Adrian Smith from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; the company was also responsible for the Olympia Center in Chicago, Rowes Wharf in Boston and the United Gulf Bank Building in Bahrain. One of the many challenges was controlling the building’s interior temperature. A huge air conditioning plant will cool outside air temperatures of up to 45°C and provide an ideal climate for the building’s residents and visitors.