The structure will on completion in 2020 be the world’s tallest building
Today marks the eighth anniversary of the Burj Khalifa. The building was officially opened on January 4th, 2010, and soars to a height of 828m above the ground making it the tallest building in the world – a record that it has held ever since. On New Year’s Eve, the Burj Khalifa put up a spectacular light show and snagged another Guinness World Record for the largest light and sound show on a single structure in the process.
While the Burj Khalifa has our undivided attention for now, the construction of a new structure that will be even taller than the Burj Khalifa is well underway not far away from downtown Dubai. The Dubai Creek Tower is located near the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Recently, Dubai Media City posted aerial images of the under-construction tower on its Twitter page. The tower itself will be part of a larger waterfront Dubai Creek Harbour development which includes 679 million square metres of residential space as well as 851,000 square metres of commercial property and a total of 22 hotels.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) December 26, 2017
Designed by Spanish/Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls the megastructure is expected to be ready by 2020. It borrows its design from a lily. The exact height of the tower is not yet known, but is expected to be approximately 100 metres taller than the Burj Khalifa. As a result, it should be about 928m tall.
To build the world’s tallest building is an epochal engineering feat. It will reportedly use 110km of cables weighing a total of 18,000 tonnes. The tower “bud” will use 12,000 tonnes of steel while the “stem” of the structure will require 240,000 cubic metres of concrete – or 40,000 truckloads, enough to construct a sidewalk that extends from London to Barcelona.
For now, watch the video below of the construction of the foundation of this superstructure.