Interesting Facts on Tallest Skyscrapers

Artist impression of Sky City

In the past, the temples and palaces were considered as the symbol of power in the various places in the world.

These days, big cities in the world have skyscrapers to symbolize economic power and also to build their identity.

The boom in the construction of tall buildings is also noted in places where the cost of land is high.

Before the 19th century, only few buildings were more than 6-storey high.  During the ancient times, one of the tallest buildings was the Great Pyramid of Giza which measured 479 feet tall.

In 2014, the new tallest building in the world will be found in Changsha, China.

If everything goes as planned, Sky City will “herald a new age” in the construction industry in China.

The 838-meter skyscraper is expected to be completed in 10 months and will be the tallest in the world surpassing the current highest building, the 828-meter Burj Khalifa  in Dubai.

The Sky City is one of the skyscrapers in the world which aims to promote the “futuristic urban style”.

The project has been developed  to save on land and energy according to  Yue Zhang, CEO of the Broad Group.

Interesting Facts about Sky City

  • Expected cost of the 1.05 million-square-meter structure is US$628 million.
  • Around 95% of the building will be prefabricated components.
  • When the 202-storey structure is completed, it will have shopping malls, schools, hotel, hospital, offices, recreation and sports facilities and vertical garden.
  • Features a “walking street” from the ground to the 170th floor.
  • Has the capability to sustain magnitude 9 earthquake.

Top 10 tallest skyscrapers in the world

  1. Burj Khalifa  (Dubai); built in 2010; 828 meters; 163 floors
  2. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel (Mecca); built 2012; 601 meters; 120 floors
  3. One World Trade Center (New York); built in 2013; 541.3 meters; 104 floors
  4. Taipei 101 (Taipei); built in 2004; 509 meters; 101 floors
  5. Shanghai World Financial Center (Shanghai); built in 2008; 492 meters; 101 floors
  6. International Commerce Center (Hong Kong); built in 2010; 484 meters; 118 floors
  7. Petronas Tower 1 (Kuala Lumpur); built in 1998; 452 meters; 88 floors
  8. Petronas Tower 2 (Kuala Lumpur); built in 1998; 452 meters; 88 floors
  9. Zifeng Tower (Nanjing); built in 2010; 450 meters; 89 floors
  10. Willis Tower (Chicago); built in 1973; 442 meters; 108 floors

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