We would be willing to pay almost any amount of money to see a time lapse of all the largest cities in the world as they developed into the juggernauts that they are today. The greatest cities in the world have undergone complete overhauls and evolution for both social and political reasons. One unique addition to the architecture of these giant populaces has been that of the skyscraper. Designed to wow the eye and reach toward the sky, these massive buildings are indicative of modern architecture done right. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most impressive and tallest skyscrapers in the world.
Formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, this landmark building sits in the Xinyi District in Taipei, Taiwan. The building was designe dby KTRT Joint Venture with CY Lee as the lead architect. The building took over five years to build, from 1999 to 2004, and it sits at 1,667 feet tall. With 101 flowers, 61 elevators, and engineering tricks to make it withstand typhoons and earthquakes there might not be a better way to kick off our list. The reason that the Taipei 101 sits at 101 floors is due to the Taiwanese belief in the ‘renewal of time’. Every 101 years time resets so this makes it always on a ‘fresh start’ so to speak.
Trump International Hotel & Tower
Donald Trump may be one of the least convincing politicians of our time but he is decidedly glamorous when it comes to putting his name up in lights. The Trump International Hotel & Tower is the tallest building in Chicago with its roof tip hitting 1,170 feet. The building is located alongside the Chicago River and it demands a view over both the city, the river, and Lake Michigan out to the east. The building cost $1,847 million dollars and it took almost five years of constant construction to complete. If you wanted to make your way into one of the nicer penthouses in the tower you would have to fork over upwards of $20 million for the right. This is the tallest building in Chicago, the fourth tallest building in the US, and the 18th tallest building in the entire world. Par for the course, Trump has combined both style and lavish in order to make something spectacular.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building makes our list for a number of different reasons. Not only is it one of the most iconic buildings in New York City, next to the now destroyed World Trade Center, but it is also one of only three American buildings to rank in the Top 25 of the tallest buildings world wide. The Empire State Building was built from 1930 to 1931 and it cost $635 million dollars. Not only was this building constructed quickly, but it was also made well as it ranks at the top of the LEED Rankings (energy and environmental design) list. The building stands at 1,454 feet and it has 103 floors, 73 elevators, and over 2 million square feet of traversable mass. You can find the Empire State Building playing a central role all over film and television as well as in the history books. After 9/11 occurred, taking down the World Trade Center, many feared for the Empire State Building. However, there has only ever been one plane crash, back in 1945, and it was incidental.
Russia finally gets represented on our list with their Vostok Tower, otherwise known as the Federation Tower. The Vostok Tower is located in Moscow, Russia and it was built over a 12 year time span ranging from 2003 to 2015. The building cost $1.2 billion and it rates at 1,227 feet tall. There are 95 floors, 66 elevators, and over 4.7 million square feet of area that you can walk through. The building isn’t just functionally used by the company Potok, it is also used by extreme sports fanatics as a location to climb and even base jump off of. A special quirk of this building, which is the tallest in al of Europe, is that it consists of two towers located on a single platform. It is made of grade B90 concrete which is twice as strong as normal concrete and can safely take a direct hit by an aircraft.
Jin Mao Tower
China, and Shanghai specifically, is rather well represented on the list of tallest buildings in the world. The reason is that their population density demands the motivation of upward building. The Jin Mao Tower is an 88 story skyscraper located in Shanghai, China. This is the 18th tallest skyscraper in the world and it is a vital part of Shanghai’s tourism. The building was constructed from 1994 to 1999 and it sits at 1,380 feet tall. There are 95 total floors if you count the basement and over 3 million square feet of coverable areas that can be accessed by the 61 elevators in the building. Adrian Smith designed the building in the style of Neo Futurism, making it stand our starkly against some of the more traditional element sof the Shanghai skyline. The Jin Mao Tower has a shopping mall, a Grand Hyatt Hotel, and various offices inside of it.
We are heading back to China once more only this time we will be in Nanjing, in the Jiangsu province of China. Here we will find Zifeng Tower, formerly known as the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center. The Zifeng Tower was built over a period of five years between 2005 and 2010 for an estimated 5 million RMB (the official Chinese currency). The Zifeng Tower was built by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill with Adrian Smith sitting as the lead architect. The tower sits at 1,480 feet tall and its highest point and it has 71 total floors with 54 elevators. The building is steeped as it elevates upward, allowing for specialized sections of the building. it is the 12th tallest skyscraper in the world and features a hotel, dining, offices, and an observatory.
One World Trade Center
While Enterprise Social Investment Corporation does quality work developing small buildings for the people of New York, the One World Trade Center stands above all. Also known as 1 WTC or the ‘Freedom Tower’, the One World Trade Center is a 104 story structure that shares a name with the original World Trade Center that was destroyed during terrorist attacks on 9/11. The 1 WTC was built from 2006 to 2013 and cost almost $4 billion dollars to develop. The building is 1,776 feet tall and it is one of the tallest building son the planet. There are 94 total floors that span over an area of 3.5 million square feet. The building was designed by David Childs and Dniel Libeskind and developed by the Port Authority of New York.
Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel
Now we are heading to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to pay homage to the Makkah Clock Royal Tower. The Makkah Clock was built over time from 2004 to 2010 and it sits at an impressive 1,972 feet tall. There are over 1,500 rooms for rent in the building as well as 10 different restaurants. The building was designed by Richmond International and it is managed by the famous Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. This is the among the tallest towers in the world but one of the least optimized due to its primary faculties as a hotel. The Makkah has won numerous World Travel awards and it is revered as the best hotel in all of the Middle East.
The Shanghai Tower is one of the most aesthetically pleasing building son this entire list. Located in Shanghai, China, the Shanghai Tower was built over a seven year period from 2008 all the way to 2015. The building cost $2.4 billion to construct and it lands on our list as the tallest building in all of China and the second tallest building in the world. There are 128 total floors and over 4 million square feet of area to walk through. Jun Xia led the design team while an American architectural firm by the name of Gensler was hired to spearhead the project. The building hosts an elaborate spiraling design that looks like nine cylinder buildings stacked on top of one another. There are gardens, cafes, restaurants, and a wide view of the city inside.
The Burj Khalifa leads our list thanks to its iconic structure, stunning height (2,722 feet) and iconic place inside of Dubai. This is the true tallest tower on the planet and it showcases more than 154 floors. To construct the stunning building it cost developer Emaar Properties almost $1.5 billion and took five years of constant work. The tower gained some more free publicity when it was featured in the American movie ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ with star Tom Cruise climbing the actual building himself.