Dubai’s Burj Khalifa maintains the world record, as it has since it opened in 2010. So, what does it take to build and maintain a ‘vertical city’? A lot of materials, money and technology.
829.7 meters. The Burj Khalifa’s total height, from the ground flood to the top of its spire. That’s 2,722 feet, making it the tallest building on planet earth.
163 floors. The “Burj Khalifa” holds the world record for numbers of floors. It’s also has the world’s highest observation deck (148th floor), night club (144th floor) and restaurant (122nd floor).
35,000 people. The number of people that can be accommodated in the building, dubbed the vertical city, at any given time.
95 kilometres. The maximum distance from which the Burj Khalifa’s iconic spire can be seen. That’s about 60 miles, the distance between New York City and Trenton, New Jersey.
57 elevators. Each of the Burj Khalifa’s high tech elevators can travel nearly 10 meters(32.8 feet) per second, allowing them to reach the top in about 60 seconds.
28,261 panels. The number of architectural glass panels on the Burj Khalifa. The pioneering glass provides anti-glare, solar and thermal protection against Dubai’s intense desert Sun.
137,000 litres. The volume of water the Burj Khalifa’s condensate collection system accumulates each day. That equates to 20 Olympic swimming pools every year.
11,800 metric tons. The amount of ice needed to cool the Burj Khalifa in Dubai’s blistering heat. That’s roughly 13,000 US tons, all contained within an innovative thermal storage system.
$16.3 million. The cost of the Burj Khalifa’s most expensive apartment until 2017, when a $32 million apartment in the palm Jumeirah is completed.
$1.5 billion. The estimated total cost of the Burj Khalifa, which includes nearly 22 million man hours and nearly 100,000 metric tons of concrete.
$43,000. The cost of office space per square meter within the Burj Khalifa’s. That’s about per square foot $4,000 three times higher than New York city’s average.
$135.00. The cost of an At The Top sky ticket, which will grant you access to the Burj Khalifa’s 148th floor during prime hours.