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Burj Dubai Height Overtakes Taipei 101

Burj Dubai, the supertall tower designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill for developer Emaar being built in Dubai, is now the tallest building in the world. Sort of.

Speaking to skyscrapernews.com, the head of the Committee for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Antony Wood, has confirmed that it "has now surpassed the height of Taipei 101 structurally (concrete)."

Whilst this is an important step in terms of absolute metres setting a new engineering record this doesn't mean it is the worlds tallest yet as the scheme has to be completed and ready for occupation before it is officially entered as a record holder of the worlds tallest building.

Explaining the reasoning behind this, Antony Wood says, "We will not classify it as a building until it is complete, clad and at least partially open for business to avoid things like the Ryungyong project. Taipei 101 is thus officially the world's tallest until that happens."

The Ryungyong Hotel is the infamous 330 metre tall concrete pyramid partially built in Pyongyang, the capital of communist North Korea, that remains a structural shell thanks to the scheme running out of money.

The Burj Dubai will however take at least one record before completion - if the rumoured final height of 818 metres proves correct then it will become the world's tallest structure before it is finished.

To put this sheer height into perspective the difference between what the Burj Dubai stands at now having beaten the 509.1 metre world record and it's eventual final height is roughly equivalent to placing an Eiffel Tower on the top of what has already been constructed.

Eventual completion of the Burj Dubai is set for December 2008. Once finished it will have an estimated 160 floors, lifts whizzing up at speeds of 40 miles per hour, and a total of 344,000 square metres of floor-space.

This equates to a little over three Chrysler Buildings worth of space and means it will be as tall as 188 double-decker London buses stacked upon each other. Imagine spitting off the top of that...
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