Monday, August 31, 2009

Buildings Breaking Boundries: Burj Dubai

Wikipedia informs us that due to varying opinions as to what differentiates a building from a tower, determining the worlds tallest building is not without its challenges. What is however straightforward is determining the world’s tallest man-made structure which although incomplete; is at present Burj Dubai. Upon completion it will officially hold the title of "Tallest Building in the World"

Construction began on the 21st of September 2004 and it will by the end of the year, be ready for occupancy. Chicago-based architecture and engineering firm SOM is in charge of the project. The primary builders are Samsung Engineering & Construction and Besix along with Arabtec. Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction manager and the projects architect is Adrian Smith.

The budget for the development is US$ 4.1 Billion, and Mohamed Ali Alabbar (CEO of Emaar Properties), speaking at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 8th World Congress, made it known that the price of office space at Burj Dubai, had reached US$43,000 per m2. Its current Height is 800m and can be seen from 95km away.

Compiled by Michelle Govender
Association Minute Secretary


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