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09-06-2015

10 Highest Skyscrapers In The World

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1 - Burj Khalifa
Standing 2,722 feet, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world. To get an idea of its size, consider that is almost twice the height of the original World Trade Centre towers and around 1,500 feet taller than Paris's Eiffel Tower. Opened in 2009, it cost more than $1.5 billion to construct and makes a huge statement about Dubai's wealth and ambitions. The building is a major draw for tourists and features 900 residences, a hotel with 160 bedrooms and 37 floors of offices. As well as being the tallest building on the planet, it holds a few other records, including world's highest nightclub (144th floor), world's highest restaurant (floor 122), and world's highest swimming pool (76th floor). The Burj Khalifa was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and its appearance is based on traditional spiralled Islamic structures like the Great Mosque of Samarra in Iraq. The building is surrounded by a 27 acre park.
2 - Shanghai Tower
This mega structure isn't quite completed yet but when it opens later this summer it will become the second tallest building in the world at a staggering 2,073 feet. Inside, it will have 128 floors, with many being used for offices. There will also be a 26 storey hotel between floors 84 and 110, sections dedicated to Chinese communications and an observatory for visitors. It was designed by US architects Gensler and has thus far cost more than $2.4 billion to build. The tower is part of a project that has radically changed Shanghai's skyline. The 1,380 feet tall Jin Mao Tower was completed in 1999, while the 1,614 feet Shanghai World Financial Center opened nine years later. The Shanghai Tower will complete the trio, but its time as the tallest building in China is set to be short-lived as the Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen, Guangdong is due to completed at some stage in 2016.
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