Toronto’s CN Tower held the title of the world’s tallest free‑standing structure for more than 30 years. While its height has been surpassed by other buildings and towers in recent years, Canadians can take pride in knowing that several of Canada’s innovative companies in a number of fields have made significant contributions to the development of the current record holder, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, is lit up with the Canadian flag in honour of Canada Day in 2019.
Wind tunnel testing and engineering is an essential step to ensure the structural integrity of any tower or skyscraper — especially one as tall and slender as the Burj Khalifa. A Canadian firm based in Guelph, Ontario, RWDI
, was brought in to find solutions in the early stages of the project. The result: a Y‑shaped tower designed to “confuse the wind.”
Read more about Canadian involvement in architecture, construction, design, lighting and visitor experience here.