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Chicago architect designed Dubais Burj Khalifa

on Tuesday,January 05,2010 22:01

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Over the past several years Dubai has gained a reputation as being a haven for exotic and expensive construction products. With the completion of the recently renamed Burj Khalifa, it has gained another distinction - as the home of the world''s tallest building.

The design of the roughly 2,717 foot tall $1.5 billion building - which boasts a hearty mixture of nightclubs, lofts luxury suites and boardrooms - was the brainchild of Chicago architect Adrian Smith.

Smith has been working in architecture for more than 40 years, winning over 90 major design award and leaving his signature on several landmark structures across the globe like the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai and the Rowes Wharf in Boston.

In an interview with the Khaleej Times, Smith claims that the experience of working on the monumental structure was unique, but he is happy to have made an indelible mark on the world of architecture.

"It''s pretty awesome," the excited architect tells the Times. "When I visit, I’m still struck by just how tall it is! I am constantly evaluating it and thinking of what is special and if I would do it the same way if I were to do it all over again. I wouldn''t change a thing!"
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