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Design sketch for rounded stepped massing, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Adrian Smith, design partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), 2004

  • Object:

    architectural drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Chicago

  • Date:

    2004

  • 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.16-2017

  • 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 early design sketch, Smith explores three different bundling masses for the stepped wings.

Place of Origin

Chicago

Date

2004

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Black ink on tracing paper

Dimensions

Height: 605 mm, Width: 880 mm

Descriptive line

Design sketch for rounded stepped massing, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Adrian Smith, design partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), 2004

Collection

Design, Architecture and Digital Department

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