Swimming and Leisure Areas at Burj Khalifa

Interior Architecture Award Submission

Located at the 43rd and 76th Skylobby levels are two identical indoor/outdoor swimming pools and sundecks – amenities to 100 residences in the Burj Khalifa. In addition to the silver travertine and Brazilian Santos Rosewood materials found throughout the building, designers used small mosaic tiles to create an overall “skin” that envelopes every surface of the two-story pool areas, contributing to the sense that the space is larger than it is. The tiles are highly reflective with a pearlescent hue, representing the pearl harvesting tradition in the region. The swimming pools were each carved into extended points of the building and are unique not only because of high-rise locations, but also in their engineering. Residents can “swim through” from indoors to outdoors under a suspended curtain of glass. These swimming and leisure areas are luxurious amenities of the most unique residences in the world and intended to visually extend the atmosphere of the public areas with the same ambiance, implying that they are simply extensions of the private residential units.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Associate Architect
Hyder Consulting
  • Crystal Fountains
  • Emaar Properties PJSC
  • Fisher Marantz Stone
  • Jaume Plensa
  • PA EMS, Ltd.
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • SWA
  • Turner International
General contractor
Samsung Corporation / BESIX / Arabtect
Dubai, N/A