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Top 10 Most Iconic Skyscrapers around the World

Everyone know what skyscrapers are. In my opinion they are incredible and fascinating. Today I want to show you what you interesting knowledges about the skyscapers. Let’s start with starting point of them.

Until the 19th century, buildings of over six stories were rare, as having great numbers of stairs to climb was impractical for inhabitants, and water pressure was usually insufficient to supply running water above 50 m. The tallest building in ancient times was the 146 m Great Pyramid of Giza in ancient Egypt, built in the 26th century BC. It was not surpassed in height for thousands of years, the 14th century AD Lincoln Cathedral being conjectured by many to have exceeded it. The latter in turn was not surpassed until the 169 m Washington Monument in 1884. However, being uninhabited, none of these structures actually comply with the modern definition of a skyscraper. After all of that people have wanted to build higher buildings so a building race was started and it still contiunes.

The race of buildings get more interesting in 19th century and the term skyscraper became popular in this century. As a result of public amazement at the tall buildings being built in Chicago and New York City. Today, skyscrapers are an increasingly common sight in large cities because they provide a favorable ratio of rentable floor space per unit area of land. But they are built not just for economy of space. Like temples and towers of the past, skyscrapers are considered symbols of a city’s economic power. Not only do they define the skyline, they help to define the city’s identity.

Moreover sometimes this buildings are used for sending messages to World. What do you know about that? Let’s see some of this buildings. I present you Frecked list for The Top 10 Most Iconic Skyscrapers around the World. check out….

Top 10 Most Iconic Skyscrapers around the World

10 Sears Tower-Chicago

Sears Tower-Photo via civiltantragyan.com

The tenth skyscaper is Sears Tower. Sears Tower, is a 108-story 442 meters skyscraper in Chicago. At the time of its completion in 1973 it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the WTC towers in New York. The observation deck is located on the 103rd floor of the tower and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Chicago.

Tourists can experience how the building sways on a windy day. They can see far over the plains of Illinois and across Lake Michigan on a clear day. It takes about 60 seconds to go to the top in either of two elevators. Sears Tower was renamed Willis Tower on July 16, 2009.

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9 Gherkin

The Gherkin
The Gherkin–Photo via londontopia.net

The nineth skyscaper is Gherkin. 30 St Mary Axe, also known as the Gherkin is a skyscraper in London’s main financial district, completed in December 2003. It is 180 meters tall, with 40 floors. Its construction symbolized the start of a new high-rise construction boom in London. The gherkin name refers to the highly unorthodox layout and appearance of the building.

The building uses energy-saving methods which allow it to use half the power a similar tower would typically consume. The primary occupant of the building is Swiss Re, a global reinsurance company.


8 Bank of China Tower

Bank of China Tower
Bank of China Tower–Photo via worldalldetails.com

The eighth skyscaper is Bank of China Tower. The Bank of China Tower is one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in Hong Kong. At 305.0 meters it was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992. The structural expressionism adopted in the design of this building resembles growing bamboo shoots, symbolizing livelihood and prosperity.

The building has been criticized by some practitioners of Feng Shui for its sharp edges and its negative symbolism by the numerous ‘X’ shapes in its original design. A small observation deck on the 43rd floor of the building is open to the public.


7 Shanghai World Finance Center

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shanghai world financial center-Photo via maersk.com

The seventh skyscaper is Shanghai World Finance Center. Located in Pudong, Shanghai, the Shanghai World Financial Center is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls. The Park Hyatt Shanghai Hotel contains 174 rooms and suites. In 2007 the skyscraper was topped out at 492 meters and became the tallest structure in the China, including Hong Kong.

The most distinctive feature in the design of the building is the hole at the top. The original circular design received protests from some Chinese who considered it too similar to the rising sun of the Japanese flag. An alternative design replaced the circle with a trapezoidal hole, which, according to some, makes the building look like a giant bottle opener.

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6 Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building-Photo via adamkanemacchia.com

The sixth skyscraper is Chrysler Building. The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan. Standing at 319 meters, it was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. At the time of its construction there was an intense competition in New York to build the world’s tallest skyscraper. Despite a frantic pace (the building was built at an average rate of 4 floors per week), no workers died during the construction of this skyscraper.

The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York City.


5 Taipei 101

101 taipai
101 taipai–Photo via taipei-101.com.tw

The fifth skyscaper is Taipei 101 which is At 508.0 meters. The Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest skyscraper until 2007, when it was overtaken in height by the Burj Dubai. Taipei 101 is designed to withstand the typhoon winds and earthquake tremors common in Taipei and Taiwan. The height of 101 floors commemorates the renewal of time; the new century that arrived as the tower was built and all the new years that. The tower features a series of eight segments of eight floors each.

In Chinese-speaking cultures the number eight is associated with abundance, prosperity and good fortune. On the other hand, number four is unlucky number in China and generally no number four in the buildings.


4 Burj Dubai

Burj Dubai
Photo via youtube.com

The fourth skyscaper is Burj Dubai. Already the world’s tallest structure and still growing taller every day, the Burj Dubai is one landmark in Dubai you cannot possibly miss seeing. After completion at the end of this year it will stand at 818 meters. As a result there is a time difference of 5 minutes between top and bottom of skyscaper. That’s funny right?

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3 Burj Al Arab

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Burj Al Arab–Photo via innovativetravel.com

The third skyscaper is Burj Al Arab. In a city famous for its architecture, the Burj Al Arab defines the Dubai skyline. The newest building on a long list of architecture built on a grand scale, the Burj Al Arab was built in 1994 and is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.  It is currently the second largest hotel in the world.


2 The Petronas Twin Towers-Kuala Lumpur

The Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers–Photo via vincentloy.wordpress.com

Second skyscaper is The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and it were the world’s tallest buildings before being surpassed in 2004 by Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world. The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion. The towers feature a sky bridge between the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors.

It is not directly bolted to the main structure, but is instead designed to slide in and out of the towers to prevent it from breaking during high winds. The sky bridge also acts as a safety device, so that in the event of an emergency in one tower, people can evacuate by crossing the sky bridge to the other tower.

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1 Empire State

Empire State

Now No-1 is Empire State. Although no longer the tallest skyscraper in the world, the Empire State Building is still the most famous one and is featured in many movies, including the classic King Kong. For over 40 years it stood as the world’s tallest building until it was eclipsed by the WTC towers in 1972. The building’s opening in 1931 coincided with the Great Depression, and as a result much of its office space went unrented.

The building would not become profitable until 1950. The Empire State Building has one of the most popular outdoor observatories in the world offering impressive 360-degree views of New York City.

That’s enough in my idea. Maybe after 20 years this buildings will be smaller than new building and also the race of building a skyscraper still continues in the World. Moreover construction of some of them is still being run and engineers are also developing more skyscrapers. Who knows maybe you lead to build the next highest skyscraper but if you wonder for more please stay on track and research for more information about that. Because interesting articles is continued.

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