High-Rise Building Stars in Latest Movie from “The Rock”

  July 13, 2018

By Ryan Berlin

Facility managers need to be ready at the drop of a hat when an emergency strikes in a commercial or institutional facility. In today’s world, crises and attacks of all kinds have become common. Now the issue of attacks on buildings is the subject of the upcoming blockbuster “Skyscraper” featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, which hits the box office today.

Johnson turned to world-renowned architect Adrian Smith to help design the high-rise building that is the true star of the movie. The wrestler-turned-actor portrays former FBI agent and amputee Will Sawyer. In the movie, Sawyer has to save his loved ones inside their home in Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper after it comes under attack from terrorists.

The building in question is called The Pearl, and Johnson refers to it as "The Perfect Building."

The new project was written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, with Johnson also serving as a producer. The team of filmmakers called in one of the field's best experts to turn their building design dreams into a reality onscreen.

"Cool SKYSCRAPER movie fact," Dwayne shared on Instagram. "We hired Adrian Smith - one of the most notable architects in the world - to help us consult and design the tallest and most advanced building on earth. THE PEARL."

Sharing Smith's credentials, he boasted, "Adrian famously designed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (legit tallest building in the world) as well as the building that will eventually surpass that - the Jeddah Tower, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia."

This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions.


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