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architectural drawing - First architectural design sketch for Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Adrian Smith, design partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM): elevation, 2010
  • First architectural design sketch for Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Adrian Smith, design partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM): elevation, 2010
    Smith, Adrian D, born 1944
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First architectural design sketch for Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Adrian Smith, design partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM): elevation, 2010

  • Object:

    architectural drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Chicago

  • Date:

    2010

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, Adrian D, born 1944 (architect)
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black ink on tracing paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Adrian Smith

  • Museum number:

    CD.15-2017

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 6, shelf D

The Burj Khalifa was the tallest structure in the world from 2008, even before reaching completion at 828 metres, 154 levels, in 2009.

In this large elevational drawing, Smith uses long vertical strokes of a wide marking pen to create the effect of the bundling of the varying sized tubular wings that characterise the silhouette of the tower. In a few bold strokes, the architect simplifies the design of his famous building.

Place of Origin

Chicago

Date

2010

Artist/maker

Smith, Adrian D, born 1944 (architect)
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Materials and Techniques

Black ink on tracing paper

Marks and inscriptions

BURJ DUBAI . ADS
title and architect's initials

Dimensions

Height: 865 mm, Width: 610 mm

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First architectural design sketch for Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Adrian Smith, design partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM): elevation, 2010

Collection

Design, Architecture and Digital Department

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