Burj Khalifa (Arabic: برج خليفة, “Khalifa tower”), known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).
Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010, and is part of the new 2 km2 (490 acres) development called Downtown Dubai at the ‘First Interchange’ along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district. The tower’s architecture and engineering were performed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, with Adrian Smith as chief architect, and Bill Baker as chief structural engineer. The primary contractor was Samsung C&T of South Korea.
Incredibly talented Italian artist Marcello Barenghi has a habit of creating mind-bending hyper-realistic mixed-media drawings that are sometimes indistinguishable from photographs.
While some of the drawings can be identified as drawings, others require sharp observation and attention for the illusion of photo-realism to break down. His attention to detail captures and replicates every fold, curve, reflection and shadow of his subject.