Burj al-Arab

Burj al-Arab
Burj al-Arab

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Ім'я: Burj al-Arab
Місцезнаходження: Dubai, Romero, Kyle Jerome B., Kyle 3, United Arab Emirates
Тип: Hotel
Завершення: 1999
Виконавець / Проектант: Jumeirah


The Burj al-Arab (Arabic: برج العرب‎‎, Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the third tallest hotel in the world; however, 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.

Burj Al Arab was designed by multidisciplinary consultancy Atkins, led by architect Tom Wright, who has since become co-founder of WKK Architects. The design and construction were managed by Canadian engineer Rick Gregory also of WS Atkins. Construction of the Island began in 1994 and involved up to 2,000 workers during peak construction. It was built to resemble the billowing spinnaker sail of a J-class yacht. Two "wings" spread in a V to form a vast "mast", while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium. The hotel was built by South-African construction contractor Murray & Roberts and Al Habtoor Engineering. The building opened in December 1999.

Several features of the hotel required complex engineering feats to achieve. The hotel rests on an artificial island constructed 280 m (920 ft) offshore. To secure a foundation, the builders drove 230 forty-meter-long (130 ft) concrete piles into the sand. Engineers created a ground/surface layer of large rocks, which is circled with a concrete honeycomb pattern, which serves to protect the foundation from erosion. It took three years to reclaim the land from the sea, while it took fewer than three years to construct the building itself. The building contains over 70,000 m3 (92,000 cu yd) of concrete and 9,000 tons of steel. Inside the building, the atrium is 180 m (590 ft) high.

Rawlplug conducted initial testing for anchoring the facade. A total of 10 000 Rawlplug R-SPT-A4 Stainless Steel Throughbolts (predecessor of R-HPTII-A4) and R-KEM bonded anchors were installed to curtain walling throughout the project.

Burj Al Arab is the world's third tallest hotel (not including buildings with mixed use).


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