5 World’s Tallest Skyscrapers

By | March 5, 2008 6:25 am |

After having written a post about skyscrapers I made my find to find more about them and to determine the tallest buildings n the world. So, after some efforts and searches I am ready to present you a list of the most accurate compilation of the tallest building in the world.

  1. Taipei 101

Location: Taiwan (Taipei city)

Height: 509 m (1,671 ft)

Floors: 101

Date: 2004

Interesting facts: as far as you have already understood, it is the tallest building in the world and it holds this record since 2004. This building has the tallest roof, the outdoor observation deck is the highest in the world and highest occupied floor as well. It managed to break the half-kilometer mark in height. The design was inspired by traditional Chinese architecture, so it has a strong resemblance to a typical pagoda, its project was approved by a Feng Shui master and the whole construction is based on the number 8. By the way, it possesses the quickest lifts in the world, cost for each exceeds $US 2 million.

Taipei 10 the highest skyscraper

Taipei 10 the highest skyscraper inside

2. Shanghai World Financial Center

Location: China (city Shanghai)

Height: 492 m (1,614 ft)

Floors: 101

Date: 2008

This great building possesses 2 sightseeing bridges and is made from glass and metal, thus, creating mysterious sight effects. Because of insufficient investments it was erecting for a long time. Its height has changed from the original plan from 460m to 492m and design as well, due to extra investments and desire to make this structure safer that it was planned. There is a 6-star hotel located near the top of the building. What I like the most about this building it is rumours that it will be the tallest one and will surpass Taipei 101. Approximately $850 million of dollars were invested in it.

Shanghai World Financial Center

3. Petronas Twin Towers

Location: Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

Height: 452 m (1,483 ft)

Floors: 88

Date: 1998

These towers were named the tallest in the world in 1997 and they were in the head of it till October 2003. There is a sky bridge between the 2 towers at the level of 41st and 42nd floors, it weighs 750 tons. In general, both towers possess 32.000 windows and their erecting cost $ 1,2 billion. Main aim of their building was to irradiate power and strength and to emphasize the principles of Islamic architecture. These towers include: an art gallery, a parking lot (no doubts, underground), the national oil-company, a concert hall.

Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur

4. Sears Tower

Location: USA (Chicago, Illinois)

Height: 442 m (1,451 ft)

Floors: 108

Date: 1974

First of all, due to 2 antennae on the roof, this skyscraper possesses the status of the highest “tip height” skyscraper in the world. For many years people were thinking of this building to be of 1,454 feet height, but, actually, it was a misprint. It was designed by Skidmore, it took 3 years to construct it and sometimes approximately 1, 600 people worked there. There is a cool moving sculpture “The Universe” right in the middle of the lobby. Elevators belong to one of the most quickest in the world. The tower has an observatory at the 103 stories level, more than 1,5 million of people visit it each year. All this pleasure cost over $150,000,000.

Chicago Sears towers

Chicago Sears towers

5. Jin Mao Tower

Location: China (Shanghai)

Height: 421 m (1,380 ft)

Floors: 88

Date: 1999

Bregman + Hamann Architects took part in its designing. It boasts a great observatory on the 88th floor and it is the largest observation deck in China. As to the styles, it is a typical Chinese one with the tiered pagoda. The building is made in such a way to withstand earthquakes (till 6 on the Richter) and typhoons. It has the world’s highest hotel rooms.

Jin Mao tower

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