Sunday, December 28, 2008

Shangai World Financial Center

The Shangai World Financial Center (SWFC) is located in China. It was designed by Eugene Khon and William Pedersen from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. William Pedersen is one of the best North American Architects. The structural engineers have been Leskie E. Robertson Associates (LERA).

This project has been named the 2008 Best Tall Building Overall, by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

It is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, 492.0 meters (1,614.2 ft) tall. It is currently the world's tallest completed building by roof.

The aperture at the peak was originally circular. But this changed because on the one hand it was difficult to build and on the hand it was too similar to the rising sun of their economic rival's flag: Japan. Finally, they decided chose a trapezoidal hold. Some people say that it looks like a giant bottle opener. In my opinion, it´s a really elegant and supertall skyscraper.

Its construction began on 1997 but was it interrupted by the Asian Financial crisis. Finally, the construction restarted on 2003 and it was inagurated on the 28th of August of 2008.

5 videos showing how it was constructed, 1 video showing the observatory nowadays and 1 video showing the 2 auto
shock absorbers of the skyscraper.

Shangai World Financial Center 1/5

Shangai World Financial Center 2/5

Shangai World Financial Center 3/5

Shangai World Financial Center 4/5

Shangai World Financial Center 5/5

The observatory of the Shangai World Financial Center

The 2 auto shock absorbers of the SWFC

From: Youtube and wikipedia

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is the most luxurious hotel, the only one in the world which holds 7 stars. It´s located in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum wanted it to be the symbol of Dubai. The designer was the British Architect, Tom Wright. He took the inspiration from the sail of a boat. That´s why it´s located in the sea on an artificial island 280 metres (919 ft) out of the Jumeirah beach. It became the symbol of Dubai. Nowadays, I think that the Burj Dubai, The Palm Islands and The World islands are also symbols of Dubai.

The designers and engineers behind Burj Al Arab were Atkins. The interior of the building was designed by the chinese designer Khuan Chew.

It is actually the highest building used exclusively as hotel which is 321 meters (1,053 ft) tall. But when Rose Tower, 333 meters (1,093 ft) tall in Dubai and Ryuyong Hotel 330 meters (1,083 ft) tall in Pyongyang, North Korea will open their doors, it will become the third tallest hotel.

It has got 202 bedrooms, all of them suites, between 169 square meters (1,819 sq ft) and 780 square meters (8,396 sq ft). It also has two really special restaurants. The first one, Al Mahara (Arabic meaning "The Oyster") is a simulated submarine restaurant with a very big aquarium. The second one, Al Muntaha (Arabic meaning "Highest" or "Ultimate") is located 200 metres (660 ft) above the Persian Gulf.

Its construction began on 1994 and was inagurated on the 1st of December of 1999.

There are 5 videos that teach us how the Burj Al Arab was constructed.

Burj Al Arab - Megastructures 1/5

Burj Al Arab - Megastructures 2/5

Burj Al Arab - Megastructures 3/5

Burj Al Arab - Megastructures 4/5

Burj Al Arab - Megastructures 5/5

From: youtube and wikipedia

Friday, December 26, 2008

Hydropolis - Dubai

The Hydropolis is another fantastic building of Dubai. It´s the world's first underwater luxury resort and it´s going to have 220 guest suites. It has been designed by the German architect Joachim Hauser, inspired by the Jules Verne tale 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The land belongs to His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

This project is now under construction.

Photos and a short video of the construction.

From:, official website

Space Tower

Space Tower or "Torre Espacio" in Spanish, located in Madrid, is actually the 4th highest building of Spain. It´s designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. It is 224,5 meters (736,5 ft) long and it has got 57 floors.

Its construction started in 2004 and it is being finished now.

5 videos showing how one floor on the Space tower was built during one week.

Space Tower - Extreme Engineering 1/5

Space Tower - Extreme Engineering 2/5

Space Tower - Extreme Engineering 3/5

Space Tower - Extreme Engineering 4/5

Space Tower - Extreme Engineering 5/5

From: youtube

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is in the Black Canyon of the Colorado river, between the states of Arizona and Nevada.
Its construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935.
This dam is named Hoover because Herbert Hoover played an instrumental role in its construction, first as the Secretary of Commerce and later as the President of the United States.

It´s a very intersenting video showing the hard construction of this beautiful dam. It´s composed of 5 videos.

Hoover Dam 1/5

Hoover Dam 2/5

Hoover Dam 3/5

Hoover Dam 4/5

Hoover Dam 5/5

From: youtube and wikipedia

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Palm Island - Dubai

It´s amazing. Here we can see how Dubai's Palm Island is being built. It's really interesting. It´s composed of 5 videos.

Dubai´s Palm Island 1/5

Dubai´s Palm Island 2/5

Dubai´s Palm Island 3/5

Dubai´s Palm Island 4/5

Dubai´s Palm Island 5/5

From: youtube

Do you know how to download videos easily?

It's very easy. You only have to install Realplayer free mediaplayer. Once you have installed it, you can download all the videos from the internet by going to the up-right corner of the video and clicking where it says "download the video".

1º Click on the up-right corner

2º It starts downloading

I hope you will find it useful.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Burj Dubai

I want to start with the tallest skyscraper in the world at this moment, the Burj Dubai. I have put the best 2 videos I´ve seen of its construction. The second video is composed of 5 videos.

Burj Dubai - Step by step

From: Ingenieria y construccion

Burj Dubai - Big, Bigger, BIGGEST 1/5

Burj Dubai - Big, Bigger, BIGGEST 2/5

Burj Dubai - Big, Bigger, BIGGEST 3/5

Burj Dubai - Big, Bigger, BIGGEST 4/5

Burj Dubai - Big, Bigger, BIGGEST 5/5

From: youtube


I´m Aitor Aguirregabiria de la Sen, I come from Spain and I'm 22 years old. I´m Quantity Surveyor from the University of Navarra.

This is a blog of my passions. I would like to participate in the building of such constructions in my future life or even now. In this blog I´m going to show you how the last greatest skyscrapers, bridges, dams, and other engineering constructions are built. But I´m
also going to show you how they used to be built in the past.

With this blog I only want people to enjoy learning how the best constructions in the world have been built, as I enjoy it.

I hope that one day I will be able to do my own videos showing people how we are using the latest technologies to build the greatest constructions. But I´ve to go step by step. That will be in the next stage of my life, in the blog "I am building", if God wants it.