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Burj Khalifa, Dubai . This model contains 12,500+ pieces. . This is my third skyscraper based off the original design of 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. In architecture, the taller the structure, the bigger the footprint required. As the developers kept increasing the building's final height, the architects had to enlarge the base of the structure to increase its stability. The final length of the footprint is over three city blocks in length. 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. Due to it's complicated nature, I will be able to post LDD files for this model. Model completed December 14, 2009. More photos on Brickshelf Design techniques photos here This building uses over 1,000 2x2 round plates. Details of the lower setbacks. View from the tip of one of the three wings. Shade and sunlight This view shows the one side of the upper floors that has two higher tiers on either side of the middle one, creating a cool visual effect. At this point of the building, I found it hard to find a picture in Spencer's folder that showed this part close up. After looking over several pictures of the real thing, I decided this would be the best way to fill in the open spaces where the semi-final series of tiers ends. Looking down, the wings of the building look like the pipes of a pipe organ. Looking up Straight up A long way down from one of the upper tier's balconies. The hymenocallis flower shape is revealed directly overhead. A view of the entire Burj Khalifa: The tallest man-made structure in history. Curved guard rails line the edge of each setback at the lower floors. The model seperates into four different sections to provide easy transportation. The upper floors can be seperated even further if you remove the assortment of technic pieces holding it all together up there.

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