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Burj Khalifa, Dubai
This model contains 12,500+ pieces.
About this creation
This is my third skyscraper based off the original design by Spencer Rezkalla. I did, however, correct the mistakes he made on the tiers' positions during his construction period. The building is designed to look like a three-leaved hymenocallis flower when looked at from above. To accomplish this shape, there are three seperate wings that connect to a triangular central core. Structurally speaking, the taller the structure, the wider the footprint required. As the developers kept increasing the building's final height, the architects had to enlarge the base of the tower to increase its stability. The final width of the base is over three city blocks wide. The Burj Khalifa returned the status of world's tallest man-made structure to the Middle East. The region's previous title holder was the Pyramid of Giza which held the status for over four millenia.

The model took near four months to complete with an estimated 100 hours of design time. Model completed December 14, 2009.

More photos on Brickshelf

Design techniques photos here


The model uses over 1,000 2x2 round plates and more than 2,000 1x1 round plates. In reality, the diminishing convex curves on either side of the three wings are closer to one-and-a-half studs in diameter as opposed to the 2x2 used in the model. Because of this, the model does appear slightly stretched horizontally.




Looking down. The visual effect of subtracting the mass of the three wings at staggered intervals visually stretches the building so that it appears taller.






Another view of the wings, which enclose the core for close to two-thirds of the building's total height.







The multi-tiered base. The deliberate lengthening of the bottom-most wings serve to support the staggering 2,717 ft height by anchoring it to a wider area of bedrock.




The upper floors, some of which are so small in floor area, they can only be used for maintenance purposes.







The hymenocallis flower shape is revealed directly overhead.



Comments

 I like it 
  April 5, 2014
great replica of the Burj Khalif! it's interesting that even though yours and Spencer's models are a smaller scale than mine are, this vertical monstrosity looks to be every bit as tall as my towers which are all a larger scale! I especially like that you built this one modularly. I think you might have been at a BrickFair convention in Tysons Corner, VA in either 2008, 09, or 10. Were you?
 I made it 
  February 22, 2013
Quoting Sergei Shabunin How high is the building?
The Burj Khalifa is 2,717 ft to its pinnacle. The model is about 1.3 m or 4.1 ft.
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
How high is the building?
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  June 11, 2012
:( i want it
  June 10, 2012
like it so MUCH i want one of those please please please
 I made it 
  September 1, 2011
Quoting ben goldberg hey rocco how can I download this on ldd I cant find the model anywhere
Unfortunately, I don't make the Burj Khalifa files available. They're not very representative of the actual model and would really only make sense to me. It is definitely possible to build based off my photos though. If you need any help, please email me at rjbuttliere@yahoo.com.
 I made it 
  September 1, 2011
Quoting ben goldberg hey rocco how can I download this on ldd I cant find the model anywhere
Unfortunately, I don't make the Burj Khalifa files available. They're not very representative of the actual model and would really only make sense to me. It is definitely possible to build based off my photos though. If you need any help, please email me at rjbuttliere@yahoo.com.
 I like it 
  August 30, 2011
hey rocco how can I download this on ldd I cant find the model anywhere
 I like it 
  February 12, 2011
This is fantastic, even in micro scale it looks massive.
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  January 2, 2011
you should make instructions of some sort. i would build that in LDD and upload it for you :D
 I like it 
  November 15, 2010
Seriously, this is incredible. You are extremely good at replicating real architecture. Kudos.
Rocco Buttliere
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Manthan Dutta
  October 21, 2010
Marvellous
 I like it 
  October 20, 2010
Great job but honestly I think the (real) building is too tall and shouldn't have been built.
 
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