There’s no better way to take in the beauty of any city than to look down from a great height. That’s why, first and foremost, when visiting a new place, you should go to the tallest building in the area.
Architects are designing incredible and creative looking skyscrapers. The tallest buildings in the world not only have great heights but also possess sophisticated designs. Join us to discover a list of unique architectural masterpieces, where man conquers new heights of the sky!
1. Burj Khalifa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) – 828 meters
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building ever built, this tallest skyscraper in the world is located in the center of Dubai with a height of 828 meters. According to the builders, the investment cost for this skyscraper is up to 1.5 billion USD. Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the architects drew inspiration from Islamic architecture, specifically the Great Mosque of Samarra.
2. Shanghai Tower (Shanghai, China) – 632 meters
The tower is 632 meters (2,073 ft) tall or 128 stories. The 128-story tower’s tiered exterior was designed to be energy efficient with aspects that include a double layer of glass to reduce heat absorption. The building has a total investment capital of up to 2.4 billion USD. Gensler’s Shanghai Tower earned the title of “greenest skyscraper” for its efforts.
3. One World Trade Center (New York, New York) – 541 meter
One World Trade Center, abbreviated as 1 WTC and also known as Freedom Tower, is a 541 meter high tower (to the top) and with a construction cost of about 3.8 billion USD. The mirrored building holds a special meaning to Americans, signifying resilience and strength. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
4. Petronas Twin Towers (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – 452 meters
Petronas Twin Tower was completed in 1998 with a total height of 452m and 88 floors. It took 4 years of construction at a cost of up to 1.6 billion USD. Standing at 88 stories high, the numeral eight theme used throughout the building is symbolic of good fortune. The two towers, which were designed by the late César Pelli, connected by a flying bridge are grounded in Islamic architecture. Because of the soft ground on which the towers were built, the foundations reach up to 374 feet deep to support the structures.
5. Maria Bay Sands (Singapore) – 200 meters
Marina Bay Sands is a famous project with a swimming pool and a giant garden located on the roof connecting 3 skyscrapers; located 200 meters in the air, with an infinity pool and an observatory. The cost of the entire project is 8 billion USD and is one of the most expensive constructions in the world. It has typical architecture in modern urban Singapore. The most special at Maria Bay Sands is the Sands Sky Part park like a giant ship located on top of 3 towers of the hotel. Extremely unique design in the shape of a giant ship with more than 600 species of plants, a large and tallest outdoor swimming pool in the world located right in front of the seaport area is a lotus museum with works of art mighty.
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