Statistically the largest and most populated continent in the world, Asia is quite a large place to encompass in a single article, but here we are trying anyway. From the cradle of civilization to the Trans-Siberian Railway, there are a lot of things to explore within its majestic bounds – and today we are going to look at what it has to offer us in terms of modern architecture. Specifically, we are going to gawk at some of the most exquisite sky-piercing structures and rank them based on their heights. In this case, size is sure going to matter, so stay tuned and prepare to overcome your fear of heights (wink)!
4. Lotte World Tower:
South Korea kicks off the race with its Seoul-based Lotte World Tower – a massive jaw-dropper erected between the years 2009 (ground-breaking) and 2016. With a massive total of 123 floors and 6 below ground, the structure reaches a staggering maximum height of 554.5 metres (it is interesting to note, though, that it does have an antenna that extends it to 555.7 metres – however, this usually doesn’t count). Boasting a cumulative floor area of 304,081 square metres and used both as a residential establishment and a hotel, it was designed and put up by the Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates firm – a company responsible for quite a few exquisite skyscrapers around the globe. Oh, and did you know that it has a grandiose observation deck and that it has been in development for more than 13 years (including site-preparation-related issues)?
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel:
While the name Abraj Al Bait might not say much to you, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel may. Based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the centrepiece of the seven-structured mega-complex Abraj Al Bait is definitely something to be awestruck by. Possessing the world’s largest clock face and boasting a total of 120 floors, the spire reaches a maximum height of 601 metres. What’s interesting about it is that it is situated merely steps away from the largest and most important mosque in the world: the Great Mosque of Mecca. Costing more than 15 billion dollars to complete, it is the most expensive building in the world. Note, though, that you cannot visit Mecca if you are not a Muslim – people pertaining to other religions are strictly prohibited from breaching the bounds of the city.
2. Shanghai Tower:
China could not have stayed out of the competition for too long as its Shanghai Tower is simply awe-inspiring with its 380,000 square metres of floor space. But that is not why it’s so famous, is it? The height is much more important and it reaches 632 metres. With the design helmed by the master architect Jun Xia, it possesses 128 floors above ground and 5 below it. Built between 2008 and 2014, the building was inaugurated in the year 2015. What’s really exciting to know about it is that it has the world’s fastest elevators, reaching a top speed of 20.5 metres per second. There is no need to fret, though, for it accelerates gradually – you are in no danger of being slammed against the ground at any time (wink)!
1. Burj Khalifa:
Well, this is hardly a surprise, now, is it? The United Arab Emirates takes all the prizes with its Dubai-based skyscraper reaching a maximum height of 828 metres. That stature outruns and outguns all previous contestants by the light-years and deserves the first prize entirely. Adhering to the imposing and jaw-dropping standards of the Neo-Futurism architectural style and erected between the years 2004 and 2008 (with extra revisions in 2009), the structure is made primarily of reinforced concrete, glass, steel, and, of course, aluminium. Designed by the renowned American architect Adrian Smith, it has a total of 57 elevators. No child’s play this one!
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