The highest buildings in the world
There are several types of buildings, but without any doubts, the most amazing ones are the high buildings, known as skyscrapers.
In cities around the world, it is becoming more and more common seeing new constructions that amaze us because of their original designs and height.
However, we never stop to think of the fact that these buildings started to proliferate sometime ago.
The first building that was considered as a skyscraper was the Home Insurance Building, designed by American William Le Baron Jenney.
It was constructed in 1885 and had 10 floors and 42 meters tall. This height is not a big deal, in modern times.
Nowadays, skyscrapers have more than 100 floors, tall “towers” that truly touch the sky.
In almost every continent we can find these kinds of buildings, outlining the architectonical scenery in the cities that host them.
In the following lines, we will describe some of the highest and symbolic buildings:
The Burj Khalifa is the highest building in the world. It was designed by Adrian Smith; it is 828 meter tall and is located in the city of Dubai.
The budget was over $4000 millions and its official inauguration was on January 4th 2010.
432 Park Avenue
The Park Avenue building, in the city of New York, is 425.5 meter high.
It was designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects and due to its thin appeal, it is called “skinny”.
432 Park Avenue is the highest residential building in the world and the property’s prices start at $7 millions.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building, located in 5th avenue with West 34th, in New York, is one of the most known buildings around in the world.
Furthermore, it is one of the most symbolic characteristics of the city, defining the New Yorker skyline.
It is 381 meter tall and was designed by William F. Lamb, becoming the highest building in the world from 1931 till 1972.
It is also famous because it was built within record time, done in 410 days.
These towers were built in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
They were finished by 1998 and have 451.9 meters, designed by Cesar Pelli, as a reflection and tribute to the Islamic culture in Malaysia.
They are joined by a bridge known as the “Sky Bridge”, located between the 41st and 42nd floor, also provides stability thanks to a bearing system.
Only the bridge weights about 400 tons; plus between 1998 and 2004 the Petronas Towers were the highest buildings in the world.
Shanghai World Financial Center
The Shanghai World Financial Center is a building located in Shanghai, China.
It is around 492 meter tall, hosting 101 floors distributed among a hotel and office spaces.
It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Morie Building and Irie Miyake Architects and Engineers and was finished in 2008.
Lotte World Tower
The Lotte World Tower is one of the highest buildings in the world, located in Seoul, South Korea.
It is 554.6 meter tall with 123 floors for hotel and office spaces.
It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and was finished by 2017.
This dizzy construction has the fastest elevator in the world, able to go from the street to the top in less than a minute.
One World Trade Center
The One World Trade building, located in New York was previously known as the Freedom Tower or Liberty Tower.
It is a 542 meter high skyscraper designed by Thomas Boada and David Childs.
Its construction cost around $2000 millions, it is replacing the Twin Towers destroyed by 9/11 terrorist attack.
It was done by 2014 and hosts offices.
Vincom Landmark 81
Vincom Landmark 81 is a skyscraper located in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
It is 462 meter high and has 81 floors for a hotel and apartments.
It was designed by the British designing, consulting and engineering firm Atkins and it was finished in 2018.
The building is located in the heart of the city and is the highest building in Vietnam.
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