Essay On Skyscrapers

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Nowadays it is commonly believed that skyscrapers are related with New York because tall buildings surround it. Also the first picture of skyscrapers comes from New York and Chicago. The term "skyscraper" was first applied to buildings of steel framed construction in the late 19th century, as result of public amazement at the tall buildings being built in large cities like Chicago, New York City. The first steel frame skyscraper was the Home Insurance Building, 10 floors with a height of 42 m in Chicago in 1885. The structural definition of the word "skyscraper" was refined later by architectural historians, based on engineering developments of the 1880s, which enabled the construction of multistory buildings. This definition is based on the steel frame. First implemented in buildings of 10-20 floors, but by the late 20th century the definition used to describe high-rise buildings of unusual height, greater than 40 or 50 stories. After the increase of need for city business space in the USA during the second half of the 19th century, the installation of the first secure passenger elevator in 1857 did…show more content…
In fact though, the glass is double-sided. A thin metal coating on the outer surface refracts the sun's ultraviolet rays and hence prevents the interior from overheating. The inside face is coated with a thin silver layer that protects the building from the infrared radiation of the desert sands. In other words, generous admission of light is permitted, but not of heat. Moreover the exterior cladding is comprised of reflective glazing with aluminum and textured stainless steel spandrel panels and stainless steel vertical tubular fins. Close to 26,000 glass panels, each individually hand-cut, were used in the exterior cladding of Burj

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