Burj Khalifa, the skyscraper of records

In Dubai stands Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world. At 829 meters high, it represents the most iconic building in the city.

The building was strongly supported by the government in order to diversify Dubai’s economy: no longer just oil, but also services and above all tourism, a winning mix that continues to this day.

The famous architecture studio SOM, which has realized other prestigious buildings such as the Willis Tower in Chicago and the World Trade Center in New York, signed the project. An example of the skilful use of steel in an architectural work of great impact.

Although the shape of the Burj Khalifa refers to Islamic architecture, the building in fact uses half the steel used to build the Empire State Building in New York, thanks to a tubular construction system.

The exterior cladding consists of 26,000 panels of reflective glass and aluminum panels with stainless steel textures. Stainless steel was also used for the vertical fins.  The total weight of aluminum used for the façade is equivalent to that of five A380 aircraft, and the total length of the stainless steel fins is 293 times the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.