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.
Herzog & de Meuron reveals plans for "horizontal skyscrapers" in Moscow
Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled plans for two apartments blocks built on stilts, as part of its redevelopment of an abandoned brewery on the banks of the Moscow River. The Swiss architects plans to restore the Badaevskiy Brewery in the centre of the ...
The Australian Financial Review
China's century arrives in luxury skyscrapers on the Yarra
The Australian Financial Review
Two major Chinese developers, China Century Group and Exhibition and Travel Group, have joined forces to develop an $800 million apartment and hotel complex on the banks of the Yarra in Melbourne. It is the first project for the partners' Australian ...
Eileen Martin explores New York, without the skyscrapers | Ireland ...
At 87 years of age, Ralph Perlberger is not your average ski instructor. This fact alone would be astonishing even if you didn't learn he's also a Holocaust survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Ralph reveals all this while patiently and ...
Wood skyscrapers are coming. Let's build them right: Guest opinion
We have an opportunity to show builders around the world that it is possible to have it all: Wooden skyscrapers drawn from forests that store more carbon than conventional forests, protect biodiversity, boast clear streams and yield wood for thousands ...
At 55, 'French spiderman' keeps climbing world's skyscrapers
PARIS (Reuters) - Alain Robert, sometimes known as the â€śFrench Spidermanâ€ť for climbing skyscrapers world worldwide, is still defying gravity at the age of 55. He scaled the summit of the fourth-tallest building in Paris' modern business district on ...
Image shows Nairobi's skyscrapers nearly dwarfed by giraffes | Daily ...
Just four miles from the heart of the Kenyan town, lions, hyenas and giraffes roam at will in the vast reserve that is facing multiple pressures from a burgeoning city and its infrastructure demands.
Skyscrapers, Towers, And Wind Turbines May Be Causing Thunder Snow
There has been quite a bit of speculation on whether lightning in snowstorms has increased in frequency. On social media, there was speculation of everything from climate change to noticing it more because of the "Cantore Effect." Science suggests ...
Giraffes pictured next to skyscrapers as development threatens reserve
This incredible photograph shows giraffes on the outskirts of Nairobi, so close that you can pick out the windows of the skyscrapers. Photographer Paras Chandaria, 34, captured the beautiful animals in Nairobi National park, which borders Kenya's ...
Building skyscrapers will save land | General News 2018-03-21
Ghanaians should start exploring options for the construction of taller buildings to save land space, Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, Dr Wilfred K. Anim-Odame has said. He was of the view that the boundaries of the country are not movable ...
Largest Reinsurer in Talks to Buy One of London's Tallest ...
Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurer, is in talks to acquire a plot that has approval for one of the tallest towers in the City of London financial district, people with knowledge of the plan said.