Call it the Burj Dubai or the Burj Khalifa, but call it the tallest building in the world for sure. News about opening day ceremonies and speculations beyond today are in the news, but the Taipei 101 is nipping at its heels to become the world’s tallest green building.
Tallest Building in the World: the Burj Khalifa a.k.a. Burj Dubai
Today the world’s tallest building was proudly unveiled: the Burj Khalifa stands roughly 160 stories tall — the Associated Press quoted on ABC reveals — and cost $1.5 billion to erect. Its designer is none other than Giorgio Armani. The tallest building in the world towers head, shoulders and torso above other skyscrapers that make up an eerie collection in what appears to be mostly an arid desert region.
Burj Dubai Stats
The world’s tallest building’s stats are impressive. It stands taller than 2,625 feet. Arabian Business reports that it features 162 floors that will require a daily ration of 250,000 gallons of water. During times of maximum consumer demand, the electricity needed is equal to burning 500,000 100-watt light bulbs concurrently.
The Burj Khalifa houses 1,044 apartments, 160 hotel rooms, and 49 floors of office space. Other attractions include a club, shops, pools, and a 3,000 space parking garage. For how long will the world’s tallest building be able to withstand the elements? Assistant Director Greg Sang anticipates that the Burj Dubai has a useful life of at least 100 years.
Why Does Dubai Need The Tallest Building in the World?
Dubai is one of the emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Headed by Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Burj Khalifa is a testament to the emirate’s ability of attracting excellent builders as much as it is his validation of living up to the title “visionary.” As outlined by the Khaleej Times Online, the world’s tallest building finally puts Dubai and the emirates onto the world map.
The Environmental Effect of Having the World’s Tallest Building in the Neighborhood
The Burj Dubai succeeded the Taipei 101, which marks Taiwan’s business district. Taipei 101 has a total height of 1,670 feet and features 101 floors. Taiwan News reported in November of 2009 that the managers of the Taipei 101 are not taking the feat of the Burj Dubai without fighting back, and announced that the Taipei 101 will undergo radical modifications that will make it the world’s tallest eco-friendly building. It is prepared to spend an estimated $1.8 million to accomplish its greening.
Yet no amount of energy saving light bulbs can make up for the environmental changes caused by the erecting of an abnormally tall structure to begin with. Yale University points out that skyscrapers adversely impact the climate of an area by increasing smog and decreasing precipitation. At the same time, thunderstorms increase.
While the Burj Dubai (a.k.a. Burj Khalifa) is today hailed as the tallest building in the world, the world’s tallest building from last year, the Taipei 101, may soon become the greenest. Will Dubai’s tallest building follow suit?