The Burj Dubai has already passed the record for the World�s tallest freestanding structure

The Burj Dubai has already passed the record for the World�s tallest freestanding structure

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10/5/07 Skyscraper Project: Burj Dubai-Structure The Burj Dubai has already passed the record for the World’s tallest freestanding structure (surpassing the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, which is 553.3 meters) and it has not even reached completion. The Burj Dubai’s estimated height is 807.7 meters to the spire and the building will have 162 floors and over 500,000 square meters. The Burj Dubai Skyscraper is an amalgamation of aluminum, concrete, glass and steel. It takes an incredible amount of precise engineering and ingenious architecture in order to raise a building of this magnitude and have it resist the forces of live load, dead load as well as the forces of time and nature. The architect, the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP started out simply with the upside-down “V” construction in order to resist wind as well as make construction easier. The structural system is that of a “bundle” or a type of
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Unformatted text preview: buttressed core.(Which is seen in the Structure of the Sears Tower) There are six wings which each have columns and concrete cores and they buttress each other and are connected at a single hexagonal core in the center. This gives the Skyscraper incredible structure. These wings are arranges in a stepping-up style, with tiers, which go around the skyscraper spirally. This stepping up pattern is again seen in the Sears Tower, however in the Burj Dubai there are no vertical corners, and the building is very rounded. All of this is to resist the wind. The tiers and the stepping-up is a way to confuse the wind. The wind vortexes never organize and become strong because it encounters irregular building patterns. And although this pattern is made to confuse and disorient the wind it still in a pattern, which still does a great job in achieving Venustas....
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