Vertigo Integration: Street View Goes to the Top of the World's Tallest Building

By Megan Garber

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest manmade structure in the world. It stands at 2,716.5 feet and comprises 163 stories. The Dubai-based building also boasts the fastest-moving elevators in the world -- they run at 22 mph -- and the highest swimming pool in the world (situated on the building's 76th floor).

The Burj Khalifa, in other words, and in addition to many other things, is a prime candidate for being Google Street Viewed. It's a weird and wondrous place, and yet it's not a place most people will get to visit in person. With its indoor and outdoor twists and turns, and with its vertical orientation, the tower also proved a prime spot for testing the one-year-old technology that is Google's Trekkers: Street View cameras mounted on backpacks to allow their operators extra mobility. In this case, the car-less Street View cams allowed their users to get shots from places like the Burj Khalifa's window-washing baskets on the 80th floor and the spire at the building's tippy-top.

Even when seen through a screen, the view from the top of the world's tallest building is astounding. And just a little bit terrifying.

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