Dubai 101 is a landmark skyscraper located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in 2010. How long can it last?
5 Years After People: A category 5 typhoon strikes Dubai. Suspended near the top floors of the structure is a mass damper system that consists of a large spherical pendulum suspended from 8 cables, this is meant to stabilize Dubai 101 during strong winds and earthquakes. The pendulum does its job and Dubai 101, even being struck by winds at 200 miles per hour, will sustain very little damage, however water will gush inside and flood the interior, and many of the windows on the lower floors will be smashed.
75 Years After People: The cables that support the steel pendulum are now corroded. Finally they snap and the pendulum freefalls through the building, destroying its decaying floors, The mass damper has become a weapon of mass destruction. The pendulum lands below ground-level, and Dubai 101 is no more.