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Burj Khalifa, Dubai . This model contains 12,500+ pieces. . 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.

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