In case you didn't know, Wednesday is National Skyscraper Day in the U.S. It's a day meant to admire and honor some of the great work of engineers, architects, and constructors that have helped create the glimmering towers we crane our necks up to see around the world.
Cross the globe and you'll find no shortage of iconic skyscrapers: New York City's Empire State Building. Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur.
But one stands, literally, above the rest: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. And so, to commemorate this day meant to honor some of man's greatest engineering achievements, here are eight records held by the tallest structure ever created by humans on land.
The Burj measures 828 m (2,716 ft 6 in) tall, having taken the crown of tallest building from Taipei 101 when it officially opened on Jan. 4, 2010. It was developed by Emaar Properties and concluded a construction period that lasted more than 7 years.
TALLEST MAN-MADE STRUCTURE ON LAND EVER
Not just the king of buildings, the Burj's height surpassed anything ever built by man from the ground up. The all-time height record for any structure used to belong to the guyed Warszawa Radio mast at Konstantynow, Poland. Prior to its fall during renovation work in August 1991, it stood 646.38 m (2,120 ft 8 in) tall. The mast was completed on July 18, 1974 and put into operation four days later. It was designed by Jan Polak and weighed 550 tonnes.
MOST FLOORS IN A BUILDING
To reach the highest height, you'll need a lot of floors to get there, and so it's no surprise the Burj holds this record with 160 floors abiding by GWR rules. Of course with that many floors, one would be a fool to take the stairs...
TALLEST ELEVATOR IN A BUILDING
...but luckily, there's an elevator! Unsurprisingly, the building's main lifts climb 504 m (1,654 ft) in a single ascent. Further elevators then take visitors to higher levels. The double-deck cabins travel at speeds of 64 km/h (40 mph), or 1,076 m (3,500 ft) per minute – also a world record.
HIGHEST RESTAURANT FROM GROUND LEVEL
And you can take those elevators to enjoya meal with a view unlike any other on Earth. " At.mosphere," sits on Level 122 of the building, at a height of 441.3 metres (1,447ft 10 in), and with the capacity to sit 210 people.
HIGHEST RESIDENTIAL APARTMENTS
Or you could just call the Burj your home. Floors 77-108 of the building are entirely residential, with apartments reaching as high as 385 m (1,263 ft). We're assuming the Seamless delivery guy isn't a big fan.
FASTEST TIME TO CLIMB BURJ KHALIFA UNASSISTED
Some people's first instinct when they see something tall? "I want to climb it." That's the case with Alain Robert, dubbed the " French Spider-Man," who's made a career of scaling skyscrapers. On March 29, 2011, he Aggro Cragged the Burj Khalifa in 6 hours 13 minutes 55 seconds, solo and unassisted.
HIGHEST BASE JUMP FROM A BUILDING
And then there are people who see tall things and just want to jump off them. French jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet took off from 828 m (2,716 ft 6 in) high off the Burj on April 21, making the insane video you see here.
Of course, with projects like Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower in the works, who knows how many Skyscraper Days are left before we're crowning a new tallest building. But for now, Burj is boss.
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