Tall Buildings and Skyscrapers

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Matthew Cullum Blog- The Biggest and Most Impressive Skyscrapers in the World

Since the first skyscrapers in the 1930s, the architectural and construction industry has evolved to a great extent. Modern technology has enabled architects to design and build buildings that continuously break the world’s record. These buildings are masterpieces not only in design but also in capacity. To give you a glimpse of some of the most striking buildings in the world, here are the top three and what makes them stand out.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

Burj Khalifa, also known as Burj Dubai, stands tall at 2,722ft, the world’s tallest building. The skyscraper has held this title since 2009. It was constructed for five years. The tower incorporated stunning Islamic design elements. 

Besides being the tallest building in the world, the building has received other recognitions, including the world’s tallest skyscraper, the highest elevator installation, the most elevated observation deck, and the building with the most floors in the world. Burj Khalifa has 163 floors with 900 apartments. After its official opening in January 2010, Dubai saw an influx of tourists as the skyscraper is one of a kind. 

The tower hosts high-end restaurants, apartments, corporate suites, offices, and luxurious hotels. The famous Arman hotel is hosted in this tower. 

Shanghai Tower, China

The Shanghai tower holds the title of the world’s second tallest building. It stands out as the tallest building in Asia. The tower took eight years to build and cost 2.4billion. Its unique design is a tribute to Chinese mythology. 

The skyscraper is 2073ft. The building has 128 floors, which hosts shopping malls, retails, exhibition centres, restaurants, and offices. It is also a tourist attraction site. 

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The tower’s highest observation deck is located on the 118th floor, which opens up to Pudong’s stunning view in Shanghai’s financial district. The skyscraper has one of the fastest elevators. It held the title of the world’s second fastest elevator with a speed of 20.5 meters per second until it was overtaken by the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, which has elevators with a speed of 21 meters per second. 

The building was recognized for its elegant spiraling cylindrical shape and its unique design that reduces wind pressure, enhancing energy efficiency. 

Taipei 101 tower, Taiwan

Taipei 101 was initially called the Taipei World Financial Center. In 2003, it was named the world’s tallest building. The skyscraper is located in the Hsin Yi district in Taiwan and contains 91 floors. The building is 439.4m tall. It has offices, restaurants, shops, and retail, among others. 

The skyscraper boasts two of the fastest elevators at a 1010m/min, which is 60.6km/h. The Taipei 101 tower is built with state-of-the-art technology that withstands earthquakes, vibrations, and high wind. 

The world is yet to see some of the most tallest and grander buildings. The Dubai Creek Tower is one such building that will surpass the height of Burj Khalifa if completed. Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower is also threatening to take the title of the tallest building in the world if it is completed before Tokyo’s Sky Mile Tower, whose architectural plans are underway. 

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