10 Interesting Facts About Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is an everlasting marvel of architectural engineering genius. Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, has set many records during its execution, records which have literally mowed down the previous record holders for the same facts. Apart from breaking old world records, the Burj has set new world records, and we’re not sure they can be broken by any building in the near future. Here are 10 Interesting Facts About Burj Khalifa that you might like to know. We can see you shake your head after reading these, muttering the words ‘awesome!’ and ‘incredible!’ That’s the reaction reading about the Burj Khalifa brings out!
1. Multiple Records :
The Burj Khalifa is the current holder of the following records:
- The tallest free-standing building
- The highest occupied floor
- The maximum number of liveable stories
- Elevators with the longest travel distance
- The tallest service elevator
- The second tallest outdoor observatory deck (Note that the Burj Khalifa held the record for the tallest outdoor observatory deck till the Canton Tower, opened in December 2011).
2. Awesome Height Figures :
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in dubai, measures 829 meters from its very tip to the ground. Architecturally, the height, measured at 828.0 meters. The highest occupied floor is located at 584.5 meters. The primary observatory deck is located at 452.1 meters, on the 125th floor, where one can enjoy the Burj Khalifa at The Top experience. Moreover, the Burj Khalifa is nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building in New York.
3. Massive Number Game :
- One of the most interesting Burj Khalifa facts is that the building has a total of 163 floors located above ground and just one floor in the basement.
- The Burj Khalifa has 2957 parking spaces which include residential parking, guest parking and VIP parking
- The Burj Khalifa has 304 hotels including the bespoke Armani and the picturesque At.Mosphere Hotel
- The building consists 900 apartments, used for residential and office purposes
- The tower’s Gross Floor Area is 309,473 m2, that is, only the area occupied by the tower, without including connected buildings and adjoining podiums.
4. Fabulously Large Construction Trivia :
- The total aluminum used in the construction of the tower put together weighs as much as 5 numbers of A380 aircraft.
- The total concrete used in the Burj is as much as the weight of 100,000 bull elephants.
- The building required about 12,000 workers to be constantly engaged with construction throughout its execution. A total of 22 million man-hours, required to complete the Burj Khalifa structure.
- The building took 55,000 tons of steel rebar to build the basic shell. 15. If all that rebar were laid out end to end, they would have covered about a quarter of the total way across the globe.
- A total of 110,000 tons of concrete, used up by the Burj Khalifa during the structural phase that went on for 6 years.
- The Burj’s construction took 26,000 individually cut glass panels to create the building’s exterior. A total of 300 cladding experts from China worked on cladding the glass so it could withstand Dubai’s boiling summer temperatures. The tower’s cladding has been made to a high standard. It has a low U-Value and a high shading coefficient that’s meant to reduce the transfer of external heat gains. Moreover, the Burj Khalifa uses other energy efficiency measures including automated solar shading at the entrance pavilions to keep the building cool.
5. Elevator Trivia :
The building has 58 elevators that operate at a top speed of 10 meters per second. The specially-designed elevator system allows for controlled evacuation in the case of a security threat or fire. The building also has the longest single running elevator, goes up all the way to 140 floors without a break. It takes approximately one minute to reach the 124th-floor observation deck via the fastest elevator in the world.
6. Water Consumption :
A building that’s 829 meters tall with 3/4th occupancy definitely needs tons of water, but how many tons? The startling figure is 250,000 gallons of water each day! This water goes toward drinking and domestic purposes and also towards maintaining the extensive landscaping around the building. Furthermore, the Burj Khalifa’s maintenance people collect 15 million gallons of water sustainably each year. They use this water to irrigate the landscaping and plants, for the water supply to the Dubai Fountain and for the building’s cooling system.
7. Electricity Consumption :
If you look at the amount of electricity consumed by the building, more or less equivalent to the amount of electricity that, consumed by 360,000 bulbs of 100-watt lit and burning at the same time.The Burj Khalifa uses solar power to meet the residents’ water heating requirements, heating 140,000 liters of water within 7 hours every day. Moreover, using solar power produces energy savings of 3,200 kilowatts per day – annually, 690MWh of energy. Additionally, 378 solar energy collector panels, each measuring 2.7 sq. m, placed on the Burj Khalifa’s roof.
8. Maintenance Facts :
With its ginormous size, keeping the Burj Khalifa clean on the outside is a huge task. That’s why the building has 12 13-ton machines that move on tracks outside the building along tracks. 36 cleaners take shifts to keep cleaning the 24,000 reflective windows of the Burj Khalifa, from top to bottom.
9. The Burj Khalifa’s Design :
The beautiful design of the Burj Khalifa is based on the shape of Hymenocallis flower, which is known for its long, delicate petals extending from its center. The design of the Burj Khalifa looks so delicate, that the tip of the structure can be seen from up to 95 kilometers away.
The design of the spire, derived from Islamic architecture. Furthermore, as the tower rises from the flat base, created a spiraling design, decreasing the tower’s cross-section as it reaches towards the sky. This has been achieved by the use of setbacks, aligned to minimize vibration from eddy currents and vortices. At the very top, the central core emerges as a sculpted, finishing spire, the tip of the flower.
No other structure has come close to the Burj Khalifa’s magnificence in the last 8 years. And quite likely not in the next 8. Soon there’ll be another building that’ll score over the Burj Khalifa, but the Khalifa will remain as one of the most stupendously beautiful structures ever made by human hands. Everything about it contributes to this conclusion – The design, the sustainability, the beauty and the fact that the building looks out over one of the most captivating skylines ever – the city of Dubai.
About Author :
Neha Singh is a postgraduate in Mass Communications, who loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering. She loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.