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THE WORLDS TALLEST BUILDINGS

Updated on March 24, 2013

Pile Em High........

Where will it all end. One proposed building that is proposed for Tokyo Harbor is going to be 2.3 miles high and could house up to 1 million people. Do we really need these monolythic structures or are they just an egomaniacal display of wealth and power. It makes one think of the Tower of Babel in the Bible. And yet I am attracted to them and every once in a while I feel like hopping on the elevator and riding to the top to see the magnificent view. I do have a wee bit of tingling in my toes when I visualize doing just that. This lens shows a variety of these very tall structures in cities around the globe and I sincerely hope that you enjoy looking at them.

It All Started in The USA..........

Skyscrapers originated in the USA, if we don't count the pyramids, but recently they have been popping up all over the world.

The very first skyscrapers were built in Chicago in the 1880's, but really took off in New York City, some fifty years later. The Chrysler building was completed in 1929 and was very much viewed as a symbol of the American dominance of the motor industry. This was then superseded by the Empire States Building, which was completed in 1931. It was the world's tallest building, standing at an enormous 380 metres high. It then became the tallest building in New York, when other buildings were built worldwide which were taller. However, it held this record until 1972 when the World Trade Centre was built and was taller than the Empire State Building. Sadly now the twin towers of the World Trade Centre no longer exist, due to the horrible events of 9/11.


Tall Buildings on Amazon

Best Tall Buildings 2012: CTBUH International Award Winning Projects
Best Tall Buildings 2012: CTBUH International Award Winning Projects

An interesting exhibition of the best of the tall ones.

 
Lauri Tall-Stackers - Pegs Building Set
Lauri Tall-Stackers - Pegs Building Set

A fun toy to build your own skyscrapers.

 

You can click on the chart to see a larger readable version, if you like.........



Again - you can click on the chart to see a larger readable version, if you so desire.......





The Tallest Under Construction



Even in a city of skyscrapers it dwarfs all before it. More than twice the height of Canary Wharf, the Burj Dubai has been crowned the world's tallest building. Measuring 512.1 metres (1,680 ft), it would tower over Canary Wharf at 235m and the Empire State Building at 381m if the builings were positioned side-by-side. Its dizzying 141 storeys takes it past Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which at 508 metres had held the tallest building title since it was opened in 2004.



The Dubai Finished Product



HERE IS A PICTURE FROM THE VERY TOP OF THE DUBAI SKYSCRAPER.......



The 2nd Tallest.........Tapei 101



Taipei 101 is the worlds 2nd tallest building. Towering at over 101 floors, it is so tall that it looks like a phallic symbol towering over the tallest buildings in Taipei. This building is so tall, the top has its own atmosphere and you can really get dizzy, leaning back and staring up that high.



The Chicago Skyscraper That Never Quite Happened.........



June 17, 1928.

The Chicago Apparel Mart was to be the world's tallest building,

seventy feet higher than the Woolworth Building in NYC. Unfortunately

for the promoters it never happened.

Skyscraper Poll Module

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My Personal Favorite..............



The Shanghai World Financial Center is a supertall skyscraper in Pudong, Shanghai, China. It is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component containing 174 rooms and suites. Occupying the 79th to the 93rd floors, it is the highest hotel in the world, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai on the 53rd to 87th floors of the neighboring Jin Mao Tower. On 14 September 2007 the skyscraper was topped out at 492.0 meters (1,614.2 ft) and became the second-tallest building in the world; as well as the tallest structure in the People's Republic of China, including Hong Kong. It is currently the third-tallest building in the world. It also had the highest occupied floor and the highest height to roof, two criteria to determine the title of "The World's Tallest Building by Floors." -wikipedia.org

Another One in China......



Guangzhou West Tower is a 103 story[1], 440.2 m (1,444 ft) tall supertall skyscraper under construction at Zhujiang Avenue West in Tianhe District at Guangzhou, China. The building was topped out on 31 December 2008. Construction of Guangzhou West Tower, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, broke ground in December 2005. When complete in 2009, the building and its twin will become one of the tallest highrise buildings in Guangzhou and China, and will be used as a conference centre, hotel and office building. Floors 1 to 66 are planned to be used as office, floors 67 to 68 are mechanical equipment, floors 69 to 98 as hotel and in floor 99 and 100 there will be an observation deck. There is a hotel lobby on the 70th Floor. -wikipedia.org

1973 in Chicago - Sometimes Older is Better........



Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is a 108-story 1,451 feet (442 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. At the time of its completion in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center towers in New York. Currently, Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world as well as the fifth tallest building in the world to the roof.  Although Sears' naming rights expired in 2003, the building continued to be called Sears Tower for several years. However, in March 2009 London-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings, Ltd., agreed to lease a portion of the building and obtained the building's naming rights as part of the agreement. On July 16, 2009, at 10:00 am Central Time, the building was officially renamed Willis Tower.



Building Without A Name..........(Hong Kong)



Here is a dramatic photograph of an unknown building in Hong Kong.........



NORTH KOREAN LUXURY HOTEL - (there's been a delay)



The Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, closely resembles Kim Yong Il's unstable, goliath-like, hollow regime.Even though construction of the hotel began in 1987, the government's financial difficulties meant that building ceased in 1992, leaving the building with no windows, fixtures or fittings.

This state remained for the next 16 years, until Orascom Group resumed construction in April 2008.Currently the world's 24th tallest building - and at one time would have been the world's tallest hotel - there are 105 stories reaching 330m (1083ft).The refurbishment of the hotel is estimated to be completed by 2012, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung (the Great Leader).

Then there is just one more hurdle to overcome - finding guests that will actually pay for the "luxury" of staying in the hermit kingdom's monolithic masterpiece.

ANOTHER CHART



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Shanghai World Financial Center



Shanghai World Financial Center

Location: China (city Shanghai)

Height: 492 m (1,614 ft)

Floors: 101

Date: 2008

This great building possesses 2 sightseeing bridges and is made from glass and metal, thus, creating mysterious sight effects. Because of insufficient investments it was erecting for a long time. Its height has changed from the original plan from 460m to 492m and design as well, due to extra investments and desire to make this structure safer that it was planned. There is a 6-star hotel located near the top of the building. What I like the most about this building it is rumours that it will be the tallest one and will surpass Taipei 101. Approximately $850 million of dollars were invested in it.

Death and Ghosts: The Empire State Building

Though the industry estimate for construction fatalities on skyscrapers at the time was one death per floor, there were only five to 14 fatalities during the construction of the Empire State Building depending on the source. Despite this, guidebooks and guided tours still cite a far higher casualty count, typically using the industry estimates of one death per floor or 102 in the case of this building.

When the building soon took the mantle of the "tallest building in the world," it attracted more than a few who looked at it as the optimal place to take their own lives. In fact, the first suicide at the Empire State Building occurred during its construction when a worker threw himself down an elevator shaft after receiving the proverbial pink slip. The next death occurred 6 to 18 months (again depending on the source) after the building's opening when a man in his early-thirties from Queens jumped from the uppermost observatory, ultimately coming to a rest on the roof of the 86th floor.

The 86th floor outdoor observatory was the focal point of most attempts with 16 people accomplishing the feat between 1932 and 1947. The owners did nothing to alleviate the problem until January 1947 when one of the suicide jumpers struck a pedestrian on the street below and injured her. The owners publicly proclaimed that a steel fence would be erected on the observation deck and then hired more guards to fend off any last-minute attempts. They were kept busy in early 1947, but ultimately unsuccessful when a 22-year-old man jumped on July 14. Between the dates of October 20 and November 9, the guards were able to stop five more people from making the jump and on December 14, 1947 the wire mesh fence with incurving steel spikes was finally erected. Its presence would not be a complete deterrent to more efforts, with some succeeding in scaling the fence, but most attempts have now switched to other floors. To date, over thirty people have jumped to their deaths from the Empire State Building.

Unfortunately, the story does not appear to end there for those that succeeded in taking their own lives from the building. To this day, visitors to the observatory have reported seeing someone rushing the fence, only to pass right through it as if it weren't there and disappearing. There are stories that some witnesses even encounter a woman dressed in a 1940s wardrobe and wearing red lipstick in the woman's bathroom or in the observatory area that has been crying. When they ask her if she is okay, she tells them that her lover had died in Germany during the war. She is usually later sighted passing through the fence and jumping to her death. Others have reported capturing spirit-like anomalies or other paranormal phenomenon from their photographs they took on the observatory level.



Let's Here it For Hong Kong..........



Hong Kong has an enormous amount of tall buildings including the International Finance centre, Central Plaza, and the Bank of China Tower which are all in the top 15 tallest buildings in the world.

The Bank of China and Lippo Centre:

The Lippo Centre (formerly the Bond centre) is a pair of twin towers which were dubbed the 'Koala Tree' as they resemble Koalas clutching a tree and were intentionally designed this way on request from former owner Alan Bond.

A Malaysian Beauty.......

Old Faithful - The Empire State Building

THIS WILL BE THE WORLD'S TALLEST!!!



If the enormous, 13,000 ft X-Seed 4000 structure ever gets built in Tokyo - it will win the worlds-tallest-building competition hands down and leave its puny competitors in the dirt.

Looking eerily like Mt. Doom in the above rendering, the mountain-like X-Seed 4000 represents a utopian eco-vision for a self-contained high-rise city in the Tokyo harbor - powered mainly by solar energy. Aesthetically inspired by nearby Mt. Fuji, the behemoth building would measure 13,123 feet tall with a 6 square-kilometer footprint, and could accommodate five hundred thousand to one million inhabitants.





Tallest Building in Dubai - Completion Celebration

This One Will Make Your Legs Tingle




This is an extreme dare-devil photo taken with a cel phone from the top of the tallest building in the world in Dubai. The man who took it Tweeted the experience and I quote:"My old battered shoes climbed the world’s tallest building today. What an amazing structure! Tweeting from 820 meters straight up!" I thought it would be a good one to end with. Thanks for looking at the lens. :)




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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @GupteComputer: Thanks Gupte, appreciate your looking at the lens..... :)

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @anonymous: It seems to me that the higher the building is the less safe it is....

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @anonymous: Thanks for the input on that, Ailyn. Appreciate it....:)

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @tomoxby: I'm with you Tom, my toes tingle when I look at the photos.....:)

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      GupteComputer 4 years ago

      Good lens, and finally, America is in the game with the Freedom Tower.

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      GupteComputer 4 years ago

      Good lens, and finally, America is in the game with the Freedom Tower.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens iv'e seen some high building but that is high i don't think buildings in UK are built that high i think every country wants to have the tallest building in the world is their a prize for it lol www.houseandflatstorent.co.uk

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      good lens, just to let you know that Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers are still the only tallest twin building in the world :P

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      tomoxby 4 years ago

      Amazing how high these building are and the ones in the planning stages like the one in Tokyo. Scary, I would not want to work in a building that high.

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @Deadicated LM: It would have been an interesting era to witness. Thanks for looking at the lens. :)

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Excellent Lens, I love the story of the race for the tallest between the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall Street; can you imagine the look on their faces over at 40 Wall Street when they raised the spire out of the Chrysler Building at the last minute.

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @takkhisa: Appreciate your checking out the lens. Thank You! John

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      loyddonald 5 years ago

      Enjoyed reading this. Isn't great to see all these most tallest buildings in just one place? Great lense!

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @loyddonald: It really is.....thanks for checking out the lens...:)

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @overcliffehotelkent: Thanks for checking out my lens....appreciate it. :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is great to see the world's tallest buildings together here.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @Serj: Might possibly be....thanks for the comment on my lens.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @DJam1: Thanks Djami: Appreciate your comment.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @CSSCARIBBEAN: Thanks for looking at the lens. Appreciate your comment.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @YHONG04: Thanks very much. Appreciate your checking the lens out.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @anonymous: Thanks for dropping by....appreciate your comment. :) John

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really nice and interesting Lens. Great pictures of the buildings!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The pictures of the buildings are great. We seem to go higher and higher. Thank you for sharing

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      YHONG04 5 years ago

      Thumbs up! nice lens...

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      CSSCARIBBEAN 5 years ago

      Nice and interesting Lens.

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      DJam1 5 years ago

      Good pics and comments info

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      Serj 5 years ago

      Isn't the Dubai one from Mission Impossible? I really like that one...

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @ibakir: Thanks for visiting the lens, ibakir. Have a great day! John

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      ibakir 5 years ago

      wooooow i like the old chart, Lol but i don't guess its back to Dubai

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @atomicgirl24: Hi Atomic Girl: I have to agree with you on that....there was a sense of style in that period of architecture. Thanks for checking out the lens, :) John

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      atomicgirl24 6 years ago

      For me, no building will ever be more beautiful than the Chrysler. That is a masterpiece!