Among the millions of brick and mortar buildings around the world, the skyscrapers are architectural marvels that rise hundreds of meters into the sky. Here is a list of world’s tallest buildings.
Burj Khalifa, known as Burj Dubai before it’s inauguration is the world’s tallest structure at 828 meters. Standing as a magnificent centerpiece of Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa is tangible proof of Dubai’s growing role in a changing world. Construction of this building began on September 2004, and was officially opened on January 4, 2010. The tower’s architecture was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and the total cost of the project was about $1.5 million. Burj Khalifa has a rich variety of amenities that provide luxury residents and corporate suites. Tourists can start their Dubai sightseeing plan by visiting Burj Khalifa at the top.
Taipei 101, formerly known as Taipei World Financial-Center is located in Xinyi-District, Taipei, Taiwan. The most proud achievement of this building is receiving the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification. Scaling at 508 meters, it can withstand earthquakes and typhoons that are common in its area of the Asia Pacific. Tourists can enjoy the night scenery of Taipei City from its top. Taipei 101 is considered as an advantageous location for multi national corporations located in Taiwan for its world class office environment.
Shanghai World-Financial Center
Shanghai World-Financial Center is a mixed-use skyscraper located in Pudong district of Shanghai, China. Soaring to a height of 492 meters, this super tall skyscraper consists of offices, hotels, conference centers and ground floor shopping malls. It acts as a global magnet attracting information and financial services, the two great currents shaping the 21st century world. With Park Hyatt Shanghai occupying the 79th to 93rd floors, every guest enjoys a magnificent view over the Huangpu River or the Shanghai skyline. Skywalk 97 makes visitors feel like walking in the sky and in Skywalk 100, you can experience Shanghai lying at your feet.
International Commerce Center
International Commerce Center is a 484 meter modern skyscraper located in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. Other than providing a business address, it also boasts of featuring luxury residents, retail stores and hotels. Sky Dining 101, on its 101st floor offer visitors aerial view of Hong Kong’s stunning landscape by day and night. The Ritz-Carlton hotel occupying from the 102nd floor to the 118th floor gives a breathtaking view of Victoria Harbor and OZONE, the world’s highest swimming pool and bar can be found on the top 118th floor.
Petronas Towers 1 & 2
A crowning jewel of Malaysia’s past and future; the Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia reaching 452 meters. A double-decker sky bridge connects the two-towers on the 41st and 42nd floors to avoid it from breaking, as the two towers sway some feet in towards and away from each other during high winds. It also serves as a safety-device, so that in case of fire or any other emergencies in one tower, the tenants could evacuate by simply crossing the sky-bridge to the other tower. On level 86, visitors can enjoy the magnificent views of Kuala Lumpur.
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