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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, completed 2010
828 m/ 2717 ft/ 160 floors
Developer: Emaar Properties
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Structural Engineer: SOM | Hyder Consulting
G.F.A.: 3.0 million sq ft
At 828 meters/ 2,717 feet, the 160-story Burj Khalifa is nearly 1,000 feet taller than Taipei 101. Inaugurated in January 2010, the 160-story tower is the centerpiece of the 500-acre Downtown Burj Dubai commercial and residential complex. Principally residential, the tower includes a boutique hotel on its lower floors and apartments above, a restaurant and tourist observation deck, and corporate suites on the top 37 stories.
The Burj Khalifa is constructed of concrete, as are most 21st-century supertalls. William F. Baker, the building's structural engineer, wrote of the contrast between 20th- and 21- century towers: "If skyscraper construction had stopped in 1975, one would say that the tallest skyscrapers are made of steel; in the United States; and are office buildings. Today, one would say they are composite, or all concrete; in Asia or the Middle East; and likely to be residential."