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Burj Khalifa Gatehouses

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Burj Khalifa Gatehouses

This collection of six gatehouses for the Burj Khalifa were designed to be small, elegant structures that provide key security checkpoints, while maintaining a strong visual connections to the tower.

As the world’s tallest building and Dubai’s top tourist destination, Burj Khalifa has thousands of visitors daily, most of whom arrive in automobiles—each of which must undergo security inspection.

Each of the six gatehouses is unique, with its own function and identity, including the main hotel entrance, the main residential entrance, the hotel entrance, a taxi stand, the office annex entrance and the truck service entrance. Stylistically the gatehouses’ curving lines relate to the undulating form of the tower massing and site design. The stainless steel cladding is similar to that used in the tower’s mullions and spandrels, while the panelization echoes the modular framing of the curtain wall.

Some of the gatehouses have electronic automobile scanners, the housing for which was designed by AS+GG. All of the gatehouses feature teak louvers and ceilings for added functionality and contrast with the stainless steel exterior walls and columns, as well as offices with observation rooms for the security checkpoint staff.

Emaar Properties

Main Contractor
Turner Construction

Structural and MEP Engineering
Hyder Consulting Middle East, Ltd.

Security Consultant
SKM Consulting

Scanner Technologies
American Science and Engineering, Inc.

Fisher Marantz Stone

Landscape Design
SWA Group

Pelton Marsh Kinsella

Opening Solutions, Inc.


The Chicago Anthenaeum, International Architecture Award, Burj Khalifa Gatehouses