China could be the next country to go bust, if its headlong rush to build ever-taller skyscrapers is a guide to its future economic health. According to a study by Barclays Capital, the mania for skyscrapers over the last 140 years is a sure indicator of an imminent crash. More recently, Dubai built a forest of skyscraping offices, hotels and apartment buildings, including the world’s tallest, the Burj Khalifa, before it got into terrible financial difficulties. In 2010
10. International Commerce Center
Height: 484.0 m (1,587.9 ft)
Floor count: 108
The International Commerce Centre is a 108 floor, 484 m (1,588 ft) skyscraper completed in 2010 in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. A five-star hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong occupies floors 102 to 118. The world’s highest swimming pool and bar (OZONE) can be found on the top 118th floor. The building also contains an observation deck on the 100th floor called Sky100 which opened to the public in April 2011. The 101st floor is leased to a number of five-star restaurants.
9. Shanghai World Financial Center
Height: 492.0 m (1,614.2 ft)
Floor count: 101
Shanghai World Financial Center is a mixed-use skyscraper, consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component, containing 174 rooms and suites. Occupying the 79th to the 93rd floors, it is the second-highest hotel in the world, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai on the 53rd to 87th floors of the neighboring Jin Mao Tower.
8. Taipei 101
Height: 508 m (1,666.7 ft)
Floor count: 101
Taipei 101 ranked officially as the world’s tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. A multi-level shopping mall adjoining the tower houses hundreds of fashionable stores, restaurants and clubs.
7. Busan Lotte Tower
Height: 510.2 m (1,674 ft)
Floor count: 110
The Busan Lotte World Tower is a 110-floor, 510.1 m (1,674 ft) supertall skyscraper project in Busan, South Korea. When build it will become the fifth tallest building in the world.
Height: 515.95 m (1,693 ft)
Floor count: 122
When completed, the residential tower will be 516 m (1,693 ft) tall, with 122 floors above ground. It was designed by architects Aedas and funded by Trident International Holdings. The AED 1.46 billion (US$400 million) construction contract was awarded to Arabian Construction Company. The Pentominium has one of the deepest excavations done in the world.
5. One World Trade Center
Height: 541.32 m (1,776 ft)
Floor count: 104
The 104-story supertall skyscraper is being constructed in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, occupying the location where the original 8-story 6 World Trade Center once stood. At the time of its completion in 2013, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest building in the world by pinnacle height, with its spire reaching a symbolic 1,776 feet (541.3 m) in reference to the year of American independence.
4. Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower
Height: 601 m (1,972 ft)
Floor count: 120
Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower is a building complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The complex holds several world records, such as the tallest hotel in the world, the tallest clock tower in the world, the world’s largest clock face, and the world’s largest building floor area.
3. Shanghai Tower
Height: 632 m (2,073 ft)
Floor count: 121
The Shanghai Tower is a supertall skyscraper under construction in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China.Upon its completion in 2014, the building will rise approximately 632 metres (2,073 ft) and will have 121 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft).
2. Pingan International Finance Center
Height: 660 m (2,165 ft)
Floor count: 115
The Pingan International Finance Center is a 115-storey supertall skyscraper that is under construction in Shenzhen, China. It is expected to be completed in 2015, and will at that time be the second-tallest building in the world, as well as the tallest in China, standing a total of 660 m (2,165 ft) high. The Finance Center complex will also include a 307-m (1,007-ft), 66-story hotel building.
1. Burj Khalifa
Height: 828 m (2,717 ft)
Floor count: 163
Burj Khalifa is the tallest manmade structure in the world, at 829.84 m (2,723 ft). The total cost for the project was about US$1.5 billion. The building has returned the location of Earth’s tallest freestanding structure to the Middle East where the Great Pyramid of Giza claimed this achievement for almost four millennia before being surpassed in 1311 by Lincoln Cathedral in England.