At more than 828 meters or 2,716.5 feet, the 160-story Burj Khalifa, formerly Burj Dubai, is the tallest building in the world and features more than 167,000 square meters or 1.8 million square feet of glass.
About twice the height of New Yorks Empire State Building, the tower is sheathed in close to 26,000 glass panels over a total curtain wall area of 132,000 square meters.
The Burj opened on Jan. 4, 2010, and took 5 years to build at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion, according to an article in The New York Times. More recently, its become iconic, the star of a holiday blockbuster and many commercials, as well as an oft-photographed demonstration of build with light, the architectural glass slogan of Guardian Industries of Auburn Hills, Mich., the global glass maker that provided the glass for the project.
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