ALERT Breakout EDU:
A Brief Pause to Take Note
Breakout EDU is an educational tool of powerful potential, but it would not be responsible to rush through the puzzles and not take note of the rich architectural connections you and your teammates could make today.
Consider for a moment Burj Khalifa, one of the skyscrapers you encountered on your GeoGuessr world tour.
Photograph by Dmitry Dolzhanskiy, National Geographic
On January 4, 2010, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, opened. Soaring above the metropolis of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. The design for the 162-story tower combines local cultural influences with cutting-edge technology to achieve high performance in an extreme desert climate.
The Burj Khalifa, which simply means the “Khalifa Tower,” is named after Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates. The tower is part of a national effort by Dubai to support a strong tourist economy.
The centerpiece of a large mixed-use development, the Burj Khalifa contains offices, retail space, residential living units, and a Giorgio Armani hotel. A Y-shaped floor plan maximizes views of the Arabian Gulf. At ground level, the skyscraper is surrounded by green space, water features, and pedestrian-friendly boulevards.
The tower’s overall design was inspired by the geometries of a regional desert flower and the patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture. Built of reinforced concrete and clad in glass, the tower is composed of sculpted volumes arranged around a central buttressed core. As the tower rises from a flat base, setbacks occur in an upward spiraling pattern, reducing the building’s mass as it reaches skyward. At the pinnacle, the central core emerges and forms a spire.
Beyond its record-breaking height, the Burj Khalifa incorporates new structural and construction efficiencies to reduce material usage and waste. These include a “sky-sourced” ventilation system, in which cool, less humid air is drawn in through the top of the building. The tower also has one of the largest condensate recovery systems in the world, reducing the need for fresh water supplies for cleaning and maintenance functions.
From Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) educational materials at: http://www.som.com/projects/burj_khalifa
Walch, Louis. “Burj Khalifa.” SOM Architects, SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP, 2017, www.som.com/projects/burj_khalifa.
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Project Completion: 2010
Site Area: 104,210 m2
Project Area: 454,249 m2
Number of Stories: 162
Building Height: 829 meters
Market: Commercial + Office, Hospitality, Mixed Use, Residential
Now that you have taken some time to review the text, diagrams, and charts, you are welcome to resume your Breakout challenge. Best wishes for your observational powers in discovering your 3-digit code for the final lockbox!