This site is a showcase for the Tallest Skyscrapers and buildings in the world. The word skyscraper was first applied to such buildings in the late 19th century, reflecting public amazement at the tall buildings being built in New York City.
#1 - Burj Khalifa in Dubai 828m/2716ft, 162 Floors
#2 - Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel
#3 - Taipei 101 in Taipei 509m/1671ft, 101 Floors
#4 - Shanghai World Financial Center 492m/1614ft
#5 - International Commerce Center,484m/1588ft
#6 - Petronas Towers 1+2 452m/1483ft
The structural definition of the word skyscraper was refined later by architectural historians, based on engineering developments of the 1880s that had enabled construction of tall multi-story buildings. This definition was based on the steel skeleton—as opposed to constructions of load-bearing masonry, which passed their practical limit in 1891 with Chicago's Monadnock Building. Although Philadelphia's City Hall, completed in 1901, is the world's tallest load-bearing masonry structure - a title to which it still holds claim.
The steel frame developed in stages of increasing self-sufficiency, with several buildings in New York and Chicago advancing the technology that allowed the steel frame to carry a building on its own.
Today, however, many of the tallest skyscrapers are built more or less entirely with reinforced concrete. In the United States today, it is a loose convention to draw the lower limit on what is a skyscraper at 150 metres. Elsewhere, though, a shorter building will sometimes be referred to as a skyscraper, especially if it is said to "dominate" its surroundings. Thus, calling a building a skyscraper will usually, but not always, imply pride and achievement.
More and more skyscrapers, towers and buildings are being built in China and East Asia as there population grows and the race for every city to have more impressive space and buildings takes off.
Saplings vie with skyscrapers to transform London horizon
Thomson Reuters Foundation
By Adela Suliman. LONDON, Aug 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Home to 8 million trees and hundreds of high-rise towers, London is adding 40,000 trees to its skyline in a bid to turn the sprawling British metropolis into a "national park city".
'Australia's tallest skyscraper' risks turning Melbourne into 'Asian ...
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UNStudio to design Australia's tallest building
Will skyscrapers sink to new depths in British cities?
British cities are facing the development pressures that, all around the world, push for building high. The tsunamis of skyscrapers in the Gulf and south-east Asia send out waves that wash the banks of the Avon and even inland Norfolk. There are ...
Pleated facades cover pair of Shenzhen skyscrapers by BIG
BIG has completed a pair of towers with rippling and folded facades to house the offices of a state-owned energy company in Shenzhen. The Shenzhen Energy Mansion development is formed of two towers, one 220 metres high and one measuring 110 ...
Seven megatall skyscrapers reaching new heights
Following the release of the movie Skyscraper, which centres around a fictional megatall tower in Hong Kong, we've pulled together more examples of buildings that reach over 600 metres (1,969 feet) in height that are either completed, under ...
Eight-storey sky atriums top a pair of skyscrapers by GMP in Zhengzhou
Gerkan, Marg and Partners has completed twin 284-metre skyscrapers that dominate the skyline of Zhengzhou, China. Two glass towers, which rise from L-shaped plinths either side of a square, have recessed "sky lobbies" positioned on alternating sides of ...
Did you solve it? Rise to the Skyscrapers challenge
Earlier today I set you three Skyscrapers puzzles. You can read the explanation of the puzzle in that article, or print out the puzzles here. The solutions are below: Puzzle 1. Puzzle 2. puzzle 3. Thanks to Toketa for today's puzzles. undefined ...
Can you solve it? Rise to the Skyscrapers challenge
A number outside the grid describes how many skyscrapers can be seen along that row or up/down that column from the perspective of that number on the ground. You can only see a skyscraper if smaller skyscrapers are in front of it; you cannot see a ...
Beyond skyscrapers and parks, little has changed in Chechnya
Flying into Grozny, the Chechen capital dominated by brand-new skyscrapers and a massive four-towered mosque, it's hard for me not to reflect on the other times I'd travelled here. In the past, I always arrived in Grozny by road. Sometimes I would come ...
Miami â€” less vice, more luxe living
When Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs appeared on our screens in the hit television show Miami Vice in 1984, the south Florida city seemed impossibly glamorous as the sharp-suited detectives raced plush speedboats past shiny skyscrapers in pursuit of ...