For this blog post I thought I would talk about the tallest multi-use building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Standing at 829.8 meters tall or 2722 feet it is the tallest man made structure of all time. It has 163 floors of professional offices, restaurants, a nightclub, and residential apartments. The construction for this skyscraper started on September, 21, 2004 and was opened by January 4, 2010. The project as you can imagine was very costly, it is estimated that it cost 1.5 billion dollars to build this structure. The office space cost 4,000 dollars per square foot while the residential (Armani Residences) cost 3,500 dollars per square foot at opening. A one bedroom 986 square foot apartment cost you 3,451,000 dollars, not surpring the costs plummeted 40 percent 10 months after its opening. Now they have something of the same size for the same amount but in AED (Arad Emirated Dirham) which is a little more than a quarter of the dollar (27 cents). So if you were thinking of buying an apartment after college know they’ll probably be one open for around 931,770$ at the Burj Khalifa.

Although the building itself is outstanding it’s only part of the whole show. The Burj Khalifa was designed to be the center piece of a larger mix- use development project. The project itself contains 30,000 homes, 8 hotels, 7.4 acres of parkland 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall, and the 30 acre Burj Khalifa artificial lake. The coolest places to go in my opinion are inside the Burj Khalifa itself though, since the skyscraper is mixed use (although in the planning stages it was planned to be all residential) there are some really cool places to check out. The AT. Mosphere restaurant and lounging area for example is ranked the highest restaurant from ground floor with fine dining and breathtaking views it is definitely a nice addition to the building. What makes it even more unique is the lounge area 2 floors below at The Top, so you can either choose to eat at the restaurant or have your food in the lounge area. Another cool addition to the Burj Khalifa is the Armani night club in the 144 floor, with bar tabs ranging from 30,000$ to more than 100,000$ there really isn’t much to say here other than wow. Outside the skyscraper however all the smaller parts of the multi-use plan have their own activities for everyone who goes. The Burj Dubai Boulevard or Emerald Necklace is a 3km boulevard where you can shop, dine, or just walk around in the complex. The Burj Dubai Mall is itself a grand facility although since it’s next to the tallest building in the world it doesn’t get the hype it deserves. Calling it a mall is an understatement since it itself is also a multi-use building, it has a5 million square foot mall but also is equipped with residential. The best aspect about this multi-use building though is that it has an aquarium inside the retail area filled with exotic fish. So if you were ever wondering where is the coolest multi-use project in the world look no further than the Burj Khalifa complex in Dubai.

http://www.designbuild-network.com/projects/burj/burj3.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Khalifa#The_Dubai_Fountain

http://www.designbuild-network.com/projects/burj/

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