The human being is able to build amazing architectural structures. Throughout history it has left its mark with impressive buildings, from the Egyptian pyramids or Aztecs, to the beautiful palaces and medieval castles in Europe. However, today we have projects that challenge heights. Ospinas tells you what are some of the tallest and most ambitious in the world.
1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
This structure takes the first place as the only passing the 700 meters, being the tallest building ever made in history. This construction is a mixed-use project, where residences, offices and hotels are located. Adrian Smith is the mind behind this skyscraper. The construction began in 2004 and ended in 2010.
2. Skytree Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)
This building is the second highest in the world and the first in the country. Initially it was going to be a tower for television and radio. It opened in 2012 (the constructuion lasted 4 years) and its architect is Nikken Sekkei.
3. Tower Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
For a few meters, the skyscraper is in third position. The building is used for hotels and offices. This tower opened in 2015, with 7 years of development. Its construction is very interesting because several properties are stacked on top of each other, covered by a wall of windows. This allows to have several gardens and public spaces within.
4. Towers Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
This is a mixed-use development (residence, hotels and commercial). It was built by Dar Al-Handasah and work began in 2004 and ended in 2012. While these towers are in fourth place in this list, the complex stands out as the building with the largest bult area in the world’s, at a rate of 1,500,000 square meters, able to accommodate over 70 thousand people.
5. TV Tower Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
For a meter, Guangzhou TV Tower is the fifth tallest building in the world. It opened in 2010 and stands out as an innovative and avant-garde design created by architects Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit. It is only used for communications.