A perfect time in the global commercial real estate market to open this bad boy up.
"We weren't sure how high we could go," said Bill Baker, the building's structural engineer, who is in Dubai for the inauguration. "It was kind of an exploration ... A learning experience."
For over a billion dollars to build thats a pretty big investment. I just hope it doesn't get bombed or have an airplane flown into it. Probably not the best thing to think about but its hard not to.
I love skyscrapers, but its gotta be way easier for a company to build a a 5 story mega building horizontally in a City Suburb than going vertical in a downtown area.
You don't build this building because it's easy. You build it because it'll be the tallest in the world (for at least 6 months). You design it because you're SOM and you are one of the biggest and well-known architecture firms in the world. And why, you ask? Because you are Dubai. Because you have made your existence known to the world through projects like these. Because that is who you are.
What exactly do they do in Dubai?
People are freaking out over their debt? They should look at Americas debt.
and I boldly predict that floors 10 - 100 will be vacant.
Was talking to one of my nephews who is an architec and he said that building is crazy. The top floors are pressurized much like an ariplane because it is so high. He said the design can go gone much higher if desired. Architecs were worrried about money to build it. He also indicated the extra cost operating of a building this size are huge. (Pumping water to the top, elevators, etc.)