Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Tallest Buildings in the World

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Centuries ago, the greatness of cities were measured based on the unique artistic values of their buildings, among others. But now, that is not the case anymore. It seems that to be a classy city, the city has got to have high-rise buildings.

So, as the competition of high-rise buildings and towers has stiffened over the years, we see more and more records of such structures tumbling, and faster than ever that is. Here, I have compiled a list comprising of five of the tallest buildings in the world. I am sure you would be amazed after reading about the following mega-structures.

Burj Khalifa

This is by far the tallest building on planet Earth. It measures a staggering 828m and the building is located in downtown Dubai. The project reportedly cost US$1.5 Billion! The ‘Burj’ functions as a hotel, residential unit, tourist spot and also houses corporate offices. All in all, it took about six years for the completion of the building. The building has undoubtedly become the image of the wealthy United Arab Emirates.

Taipei 101

This building sports a unique design, and also not forgetting that it is the second-tallest building in the world, measuring 509m in length, though some 300m lesser than the Burj Khalifa. It has become an icon of the modern Taiwan. The building was officiated on New Year’s Day in 2005 and cost some US$1.76 Billion. Among its uses are as a communication hub and observation deck. Additionally, the Taipei 101 is able to withstand strong earthquakes and typhoons.

Shanghai World Financial Centre

This is another structure with a distinctive design. Located at the populous city of Shanghai in China, this building has multi-purposes. It was opened to public in April 2008 and its length is 492m.One record it holds is that it houses the tallest hotel in the world, which is the Park Hyatt Shanghai hotel. The expenditure of this project amounted to some US$1.2 Billion. As proof of its grandeur, it has won numerous international awards.

Petronas Twin Towers

This was once the tallest building in the world. Though it still is the tallest twin towers, it has now dropped to fourth placing for the overall category. Opened in the year 1998, the Petronas Twin Towers has been a constant source of pride for Malaysians. Standing at 452m, it took six years to be completed, and cost US$1.6 Billion. The building mainly leases office spaces to many global companies, besides serving as the headquarters of Petronas.

Willis Tower

Previously known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower was erected in the year 1973. For more than two decades, it held the recognition as the world’s tallest building. It is located in Chicago, USA, and could have been taller but for the limitations imposed to protect air traffic. In 2006, the authorities foiled a plot by terrorist organisations to destroy the tower.

Which is your pick as the best tallest building? Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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