11 Amazing Pictures Of The Burj

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Check out these 11 amazing pictures from Spiegel of the newly-opened Burj, “Dubai’s newest symbol of megalomaniacal opulence [that] can be seen from Bedouin oases in the desert up to 100 kilometers away.”

I like picture #4 which describes how the so-called “Chimney Effect” would work on the massive tower:

The tower is so tall that temperatures at the very top are up to 8 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) cooler than at its base. Should a window at the top and a door at the bottom be opened at the same time — along with all the airlocks in between — a phenomenon called the “chimney effect” would unleash a storm ripping the interior of the building apart.

Okay, now that would make me want to visit this thing.

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