Burj Khalifa's architecture has embodied references to Islamic architecture and reflects the modern global community it is designed to serve. The building's 'Y' shaped plan provides the maximum amount of perimeter for windows in living spaces without developing internal unusable area. As the tapering tower rises, setbacks occur at the ends of each 'wing' in an upward spiraling pattern that decreases the mass of the tower as the height increases. These setbacks were modeled in the wind tunnel to minimise wind forces.
SOM also completed over two million sq ft of interior space for the residential component and an art program for the tower which placed and specified over 500 pieces of individual local and international fine art pieces. The premiere featured art piece for the tower's residential lobby was completed by the internationally renowned artist Jaume Plensa and is entitled World Voices.
Standing tall at 828m, Burj Khalifa holds the record in all three categories as recognised by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (highest architectural top, highest occupied floor and highest tip).