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Burj Khalifa

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
location Dubai
function housing, mall, mixed-use development, office, retail, shopping centre
contributed by blotpad

The architecture features a triple-lobed footprint, an abstraction of the Hymenocallis flower. The tower is composed of three elements arranged around a central core. The modular, Y-shaped structure, with setbacks along each of its three wings provides an inherently stable configuration for the structure and provides good floor plates for residential. Twenty-six helical levels decrease the cross section of the tower incrementally as it spirals skyward. The central core emerges at the top and culminates in a sculpted spire. A Y-shaped floor plan maximizes views of the Arabian Gulf. Viewed from the base or the air, Burj Khalifa is evocative of the onion domes prevalent in Islamic architecture. (Extract from

peteshep says:
A Set in flickr on the Burj Khalifa and others on Sheik Zayed road:
Auckland, New Zealand 10-Jun-11
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Burj Khalifa
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd 1
United Arab Emirates
Project is public!
Opening hours Sunday - Wednesday 10AM - 10PM Thursday - Saturday 10AM - 12AM
Completion 2009
Project ID 5750
Latitude/Longitude 25°11'49N 55°16'27E
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