The Burj Tower in Dubai will, when finished, be the world’s tallest building. How tall is that? Not sure. It currently stands at over 650 metres, or over 2,132 feet but architect William Baker from SOM is not letting the cat out of the bag until construction is finished, scheduled for 2011.
If, as speculation suggests, the tower is over 800 metres , 2,624 feet, it will be four times higher than London’s Gherkin and nearly twice as high as New York’s Empire State building. The trouble is when you build something that tall – for a base jumper or wingsuit flyer, it is like putting a carrot in front of a donkey. It just has to be done.
In May 2008, in the early hours of the morning, two men, one from France and the other from Britain, entered the building dressed as engineers. Security and workers presumed they were part of the construction team. They decided not to risk using the lifts and so climbed the stairs to the 160th floor, it took them an hour and 15 minutes, and then waited for dawn.
Everything was set, they launched themselves from the world’s tallest building, as Herve says ‘ What is always the best is the first time!!’, and they were the first – watch the video below to see their story and their flight – thank you mazen2k for the video.
As a side note it is worth mentioning that the planned 1,600 metre building, that was to be built in Moscow, has been stopped due to the economic crisis.