As a staple in modern, thriving metropolises, skyscrapers are huge structures towering over the city at record breaking heights. Since the 1930’s, when the first skyscraper was built, we have continuously been building higher and higher improving our technology and engineering capabilities like never before. The experts at Property Turkey have whittled it down to the top 7 skyscrapers in the world, so you can see a city’s skyline from one of these awe-inspiring structures.
1) Burj Khalifa, Dubai (pictured)
It is no surprise that the Burj Khalifa is on this list. Also known as the Burj Dubai, this has been the tallest structure in the world since 2009. Built to boast a jaw-dropping height of 829.8m (2722 ft), this building took five years to construct and with it, Dubai gained international recognition and saw a huge tourism boost. Today, Burj Khalifa has set several world records including the world’s tallest existing structure, tallest skyscraper, building with most floors (163) and highest elevator installation.
2) Shanghai Tower, China
As the second tallest building in the world, the Shanghai Tower took eight years to construct. Located in the heart of Shanghai’s financial district, this 128-story skyscraper is not only a space for tourism, but functions as offices, hotels, exhibitions and retail. Costing $2.4 billion to build, the Shanghai Tower boasts an incredible height of 632m.
3) One World Trade Centre, NYC
As one of the most significant buildings in the United States, the One World Trade Centre is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Centre that came under attack in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At 541m, this is the seventh tallest structure in the world featuring skypod elevators, a restaurant on the 101st floor and of course, an impressive skyline that will take your breath away.
4) Taipei 101, Taiwan
Originally known as the Taipei World Financial Center, Tapei 101 was once the tallest building in the world until trumped by the Burj Khalifa. This skyscraper stands tall at 439.4m and is built to withstand high winds, earthquakes and damaging vibrations. Visitors of this office can be transported from the 5th to the 89th floor in just 37 seconds and the building is where Taiwan’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display broadcasts.
5) Empire State Building, NYC
Arguably the world’s most famous building, The Empire State Building attracts over 4million visitors annually. With 103 stories, the building has been featured in several famous movies such as ‘Elf’, ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ and ‘An Affair to Remember’. Visiting this 1250ft structure is an immersive experience, with a museum detailing its construction and history on the lower floors to a beautiful observatory on the 102nd floor.
6) Istanbul Sapphire, Turkey
Located in the central business district in Istanbul, the Istanbul Sapphire is the 4th tallest building in Europe. As a shopping mall and luxury residence, this project brought modernity to Istanbul’s beautiful, ancient city. Whilst getting a stunning view of the city, you can also enjoy the Skyride- a 4D helicopter stimulated journey of Istanbul.
7) Lotte Tower, South Korea
After 13 years of planning, Lotte Tower finally gained approval to start construction in November 2010. Building this 555m tower was no easy task, but South Korea now boasts a 123-floor incredible structure that is the 6th tallest building in the world. Designed with traditional Korean art forms in mind, the sleek skyscraper stands out in Seoul’s mountainous lands.
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