At the beginning of the last century, the tallest building in the world measured a little over 380 feet tall. The agglomeration of big cities and the space constraints have prompted architects to find solutions to design as many offices as possible without taking up a lot of space. That’s how skyscrapers have become a trend.
However, it is not enough to just build skyscrapers – architects also want their projects to inspire the whole world. In today’s article we’ll check out the most beautiful skyscrapers in the world.
- Aqua – Chicago, United States
With a height of 262 meters, Aqua is a 82-storey residential building, dubbed the tallest skyscraper in the world designed by a woman. The construction has a wonderful facade.
- Taipei 101 – Taipei, Taiwan
One of Taipei’s main attractions, the building stands an astonishing 508 meters tall. It was named the world’s tallest building between 2004 and 2010 and is an important tourist landmark. It has 89 floors offering stunning panoramic views to the city, with a 360 degree view.
- Kingdom Center in Riyadh – Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom Center is among the world’s tallest buildings, with a magnificent architectural design. It stands 918 meters above sea level and is the most visited tourist attraction in Saudi Arabia.
- Petronas Towers – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Towers is one of the most important symbols of the spectacular transformation of Kuala Lumpur in a true financial and tourist metropolis. The towers stand at a height of 452 meters and were named the tallest skyscraper in the world from 1998 to 2004. Visitors can take an elevator to the 41st floor, where there is a corridor connecting the twin towers.
- 30 St. Mary Ax – London, United Kingdom
A symbol of London, the building is considered by locals to be the most spectacular skyscraper, even if it is only 180 meters tall, being smaller than Tower42. Its futuristic facade has made 30 St Mary Ax a modern London emblem, just as important as the Big Ben or the London Eye. The building is not open to the public for the time being.
- Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This wonder of the modern world is designed to symbolize the urban transformation of Dubai. It was built on an artificial island and stands 321 meters above the Arabian Gulf. The building is an architectural masterpiece and one of the most luxurious hotels in the world (the only seven-star hotel in the world), with 202 apartments and restaurants providing services of the highest standards.
- Empire State Building – New York, United States of America
The pride of American architecture and one of the world’s most easily recognizable symbols, the Empire State Building remains a masterpiece of creativity. The building was completed within one year and 45 days, and it is 381 meters tall, featuring 102 floors. It held the title of the world’s tallest building from 1931 until 1972. It is a huge tourist attraction, and visitors can take the elevator to the upper floors to check out magnificent views.
- Chrysler Building – New York, USA
This skyscraper is about 320 meters high and is a classic example of Art Deco architecture, and many contemporary architects consider it one of the most successful buildings in New York. The building is amazingly beautiful, and it is a huge tourist attraction.
- Burj Khalifa in Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Burj Khalifa entered the international scene in 2010 as a technical and architectural masterpiece that is an extraordinary source of inspiration. This skyscraper’s design is inspired from Islamic traditional architecture.
Burj Khalifa currently holds the following world records: the world’s tallest building, the tallest self-supported structure, the highest mosque (154th floor), the highest observation deck (124th floor), and the highest swimming pool (76th floor).