The 828-metre Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower in Dubai, UAE, is the inspiration behind the design of 632-meter Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest, and the world’s second tallest tower. “In the time that I spent working on the Burj Khalifa, it became the basis for the conceptual design of the Shanghai Tower. “The lessons learned on the first project made the second project possible,” Marshall Strabala, Chief Architect of Shanghai Tower toldEmirates 24|7.
“If I had not been the studio head on Burj Khalifa, the Shanghai Tower would not look like it does today,” he reveals. The 121-storey tower in Shanghai, built at an estimated cost of Dh15.41 billion, will be inaugurated early next month, while Burj Khalifa, costing around Dh5.5 billion, was opened in 2010.