Cubic Fun Burj Khalifa – World’s Great Architecture Overview
This model comes in flat-packed sheets with insane levels of detail. It’s a unique and fulfilling challenge for dedicated model enthusiasts to pop out the pieces and slot the pieces within the tabs to assemble a large scale model of Burj Khalifa, one of the World’s Great Architectural icons for their display box or collection.
You won’t require glue or scissors to complete this kit, all you’ll need is a keen eye, a steady hand. If you wish, a pair of tweezers or magnifying glass can be used to assist in removing the pieces from their backing, but the most important thing you’ll need is patience. It may take a few days!
An instruction leaflet is included which provides instructions on how to construct the model, as well as interesting facts about the model.
Cubic Fun Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa, Arabic for “Khalifa Tower”, known as the Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a megatall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) including the antenna and a roof height of 828 m (2,717 ft), the Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest structure in the world since topping out in late 2008.
Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, with the exterior completed 5 years later in 2009. The primary structure is reinforced concrete. The building was opened in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai. It is designed to be the centrepiece of large-scale, mixed-use development. The decision to construct the building is reportedly based on the government’s decision to diversify from an oil-based economy, and for Dubai to gain international recognition. The building was named in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Abu Dhabi and the UAE government lent Dubai money to pay its debts. The building broke numerous height records, including its designation as the tallest tower in the world.
Burj Khalifa was designed by Adrian Smith, then of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), whose firm designed the Willis Tower and One World Trade Center. Hyder Consulting was chosen to be the supervising engineer with NORR Group Consultants International Limited chosen to supervise the architecture of the project. The design is derived from the Islamic architecture of the region, such as in the Great Mosque of Samarra. The Y-shaped tripartite floor geometry is designed to optimize residential and hotel space. A buttressed central core and wings are used to support the height of the building. Although this design was derived from Tower Palace III, the Burj Khalifa’s central core houses all vertical transportation with the exception of egress stairs within each of the wings. The structure also features a cladding system which is designed to withstand Dubai’s hot summer temperatures. It contains a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators.
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