Burj Khalifa to get dramatic makeover? Dubai-based designers are trying
Designers are petitioning for a project to cover the tallest building in the world in reflective material
As if the tallest building in the world standing at a record 2,716.5 feet wasn’t special enough, a think tank has found another way for Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to gain attention.
Designers from Op-En, a Dubai- based interdisciplinary creative practice and think tank, are suggesting the 160-storey building be covered in a cling-film like substance, The Huffington Post reported on Sunday.
Claiming the reflective fabric would “complement the reflective façade” of the building, designers said the project would “aim to create a fluid ambience by suspending a reflective fabric material.”
Ahmed Salman from Op-En told new website that it was still in the development stage and they were discussing the plans with interested parties.
The plans come after residents of the Burj Khalifa have been threatened with having to haul themselves up as many as 2,900 stairs after the developers warned it might cut off the lifts in a dispute over unpaid fees.
Emaar Properties, which runs the largest free standing tower in the world, says some residents have failed to pay their service charges in 2012; fees which can reach as high as $25,000 a year.
On Sunday, it carried out its pledge and prevented tenants who owed money to the properties from accessing communal areas such as the garage, gym, pool and tennis courts.
The Burj Khalifa contains nearly 1,000 apartments.
One-bedroom flats fetch around $55,000 in rent a year, while service charges can add a further $25,000 to the total.
Construction for the building began in 2004 with the exterior of the structure completed in Oct. 2009. The building officially opened in Jan. 2010.
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