Hearing the World’s Tallest Building Creak in a Storm Is Terrifying

Dubai's Burj Khalifa skyscraper is a lot of things: a testament to humankind's love of building humungous stuff for the hell of it. It's very shiny! And in a bad storm, it sounds like it's about to fall apart.


Gizmodo friend (and Dubai documenter) Gerald Donovan says the city was hit with an enormous storm a few days back. And you can hear in the video up top, even a tower built with every possible luxury of modern design still moans like a rickety old boat when it's pummeled by the elements, due to the fact that it's actually swaying back and forth.

But that's a good thing—buildings like the Burj are engineered to (gently) sway and shift under duress, constructed so that the superstructure can bend a little bit in any given direction. The alternative would just be breaking in half—and all 2,722 feet of the Burj would be a terrible thing to clean up. So as much as the clanking, croaking sounds of strained metal might make you run for the elevator on a night like this, just be glad we can build impossibly-tall towers in the middle of the desert that withstand nature's worst—Donovan's friend, who recorded the video, says "you actually couldn't feel a thing." But maybe pour yourself a scotch during just in case.


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