Posted by: Steven | 2010/01/09

Day 13 – Burj Khalifa : thoughts on design

Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Burj Khalifa in Dubai

The Burj Khalifa is an impressive building. Other high-rise buildings in Dubai are fun to look at, with ornate designs, and various colors and textures, even ones that appear to change shape as you move past them. The Burj Khalifa, on the other hand, needs no superficial artistry to draw in the eye. It’s beauty is in it’s concept. From anywhere close to the building, trying to observe it’s height is meaningless. That would be like trying to learn the distance across an ocean by looking out over it from the shoreline.

The tower’s design makes it seem almost infinitely tall as it tapers into narrower sections all the way to the top. The exact opposite is true from a distance. The sheer height is impressive from miles away, viewable anywhere in the city. Even when standing among other tall buildings, the scale of the Burj Khalifa isn’t lost. After a few days of being able to see this amazingly tall building at all times, I finally realized that this tower isn’t just tall. it’s really tall. More than half a mile tall. This building is the definition of “skyscraper”

The height was even more amazing from the observation deck, where nothing in Dubai comes close to interrupting the view of the horizon. It’s like looking down at a really big map. From other tall buildings, the people below looks like little bugs.

From the Burj Khalifa, it’s the cars and trucks that look like bugs.
The Scale of the Burj Khalifa was finally understandable. When everything else appeared to be small and insignificant, I could understand how how far this building towers over reality.

Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Burj Khalifa in Dubai

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