Romain Trystram is an amazing French illustrator who created an awesome project with I Like Architecture.net to illustrate the tallest skyscrapers in the worlds. Each illustration is available as a wallpaper so you can pick your favorite and save it on your desktop. Enjoy! For more from Romay Trystam visit behance.net/laylow to view the entire collection of wallpapers visit ilikearchitecture.net. Burj Khalifa is a stunning skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and as of June 2014 is the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). The tower’s architecture and engineering were performed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, with Adrian Smith as chief architect. The CCTV Headquarters is a 234 m (768 ft), 44-storey skyscraper in the Beijing Central Business District (CBD). The tower serves as headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV). This unique building was designed by OMA as a reinvention of the skyscraper as a loop, a design that defies the skyscraper’s typical quest for ultimate height. The main building is a loop of six horizontal and vertical sections covering 473,000 sqm (5,090,000 sq ft) of floor space, creating an irregular grid on the building’s facade with an open centre. One World Trade Center (also dubbed the Freedom Tower) is the name of two buildings, but commonly refers to the primary building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York. This supertall building with a total of 104 stories, a height to the top floor of 386.5 m (1,268 ft), and a height to the tip of 546.2 m (1,792 ft), made One World Trade Center the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere in May 10, 2013, when the final component of the skyscraper’s spire was installed. Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building 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 building was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition. Its postmodernist approach to style incorporates traditional design elements and gives them modern treatments. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, is the featured skyscraper in this illustration. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, this 87-storey skyscraper in London forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. Transamerica Pyramid, the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, at 260 m (850 ft), on completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world. HSB Turning Torso is the tallest skyscraper in Sweden, situated in Malmö, Sweden on the Swedish side of the Öresund strait. The project was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and officially opened on August 2005. The tower reaches a height of 190 metres (623 feet) with 54 stories – 147 apartments. Two International Finance Centre is an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong’s Central District. A prominent landmark on Hong Kong Island, IFC consists of two skyscrapers (One IFC and Two IFC), the IFC Mall, and the 55-storey Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Absolute World Towers is a residential condominium twin tower skyscraper complex in the five tower Absolute City Centre development in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The project was designed by Beijing/China architectural design firm MAD Office. Within days of announcing MAD as the winner of this competition, the taller building (Tower 1 with a height of 179.5 m – 589 ft) had been nicknamed the “Marilyn Monroe” tower due to its curvaceous, hourglass figure likened to actress Marilyn Monroe.
Some days ago I've posted about the 10 Tallest Skyscrapers in the World, and I couldn't include this one because the building was not done at that time. Well, now this list has a new top 1... it was presented in Dubai the Burj Khalifa or Burj Dubai, the tallest building in world today with 828m. Wow! Officially opened yesterday, January 04 of 2010, the Burj Dubai is the tallest building made by the humans hand. When I looked at the first pictures in the beggining of the construction in 2005, I almost couldn't believe in the enormous building they wanted to put in that place. The Burj is far taller than the previous record, the Taipei 101 Tower, in Taiwan with 509m. The building can be viewed from 95km away, is covered with 26,000 glass panels and the estimate cost for the Burj Khalifa was about US$1.5 bilion. "The tower is a global icon. It represents the determination and optimism of Dubai as a truly world city. It is a powerful symbol for the entire Arab world." Mohamed Alabbar The numbers are somewhere around 'awesomeness' and that is exactly what they like. In another post we talked about the The Unusual Architecture of Dubai, where you can see that the buildings are created to make history, no matter how architects will be see them. We have to think if we really want this as a reference to new projects, what is the reason to build stuff even taller and more expensive? Maybe the investiment on the urbanism and the planning of Dubai would be more important than those sinlge projects. The History Some Videos Take a look the latest news and the main sites about Burj Dubai: dailymail.co.uk dailyfinance.com archdaily.com news.bbc.co.uk guardian.co.uk burjdubai.com .burjdubaiskyscraper.com/ wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Dubai
What's the point of building skyscrapers? Would that be to show power? Or is it just the necessity of making more money from just one building? It definitely costs more to be build. Perhaps it's that they want to be closer to god and heaven but in reality this type of construction, the skyscrapers, has become a trend. With powerful structures in forms that resemble rockets ready to take off, this buildings scrap the sky and simply define some of the skylines of the most important cities of the world. In this post I will show you 10 of the tallest buildings in the world. I will list just the ones that already exist and are already build, not those in construction. There are so many still being constructed and also those in the project stage, but that is for another post. Taipei 101 Tower, Taiwan - 509m 2004 - C.Y. Lee & Partner Taipei 101, also known as the Taipei Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building, designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners and constructed primarily by KTRT Joint Venture and Samsung Engineering & Construction is the world's tallest completed skyscraper according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the arbiter of tall building height. Taipei 101 received the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004. Shanghai World Financial Center, China - 492m 2008 - Kohn Pedersen Fox The Shanghai World Financial Center is a supertall skyscraper in Pudong, Shanghai, China. It is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component containing 174 rooms and suites. It is the highest hotel in the world, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai on the 53rd to 87th floors of the neighboring Jin Mao Tower. Petronas Towers 1 & 2, Malaysia - 452m 1998 - Cesar Pelli The Petronas Twin Towers (Malay: Menara Berkembar Petronas) (also known as the Petronas Towers or just Twin Towers), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are twin towers and were the world's tallest buildings before being surpassed by Taipei 101. However, the towers are still the tallest twin buildings in the world. Sears Tower, Chicago - 442m 1974 - SOM Architects Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is a 108-story 1,450 feet (442 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. At the time of its completion in 1973 it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center towers in New York. Currently, Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world. Jin Mao Building, Shanghai - 421m 1999 - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill The Jin Mao Tower is an 88-story landmark supertall skyscraper in the Lujiazui area of the Pudong district of Shanghai, People's Republic of China. It contains offices and the Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel. Until 2007 it was the tallest building in the PRC, the fifth tallest in the world by roof height and the seventh tallest by pinnacle height. Along with the Oriental Pearl Tower, it is a centerpiece of the Pudong skyline. Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong - 414m 2003 - Cesar Pelli A prominent landmark on Hong Kong Island, IFC consists of two skyscrapers, the IFC Mall, and the 55-storey Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Tower 2 is the tallest building in Hong Kong, a title formerly held by Central Plaza. It is the third-tallest building in the Greater China region and the seventh-tallest office building in the world, based on structural heights; by roof height, only the Taipei 101, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Willis Tower exceed it. It is of similar height to the former World Trade Center. CITIC Plaza, China - 391m 1997 - DLN Architects CITIC Plaza is a skyscraper built in Tianhe District, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. Its structural height is 391 m (1,283 ft) 80 stories including two tall antenna-like spires on the top. Completed in 1997, it is the tallest concrete building in the world. Currently, it ranks as the fourth tallest building in China, seventh in Asia, and eighth worldwide. Shun Hing Square, China - 384m 1996 - K.Y. Cheung Design Assc. It is the 5th tallest building in China, and the 9th tallest in the world. It was the tallest building in China from its completion in 1996 until CITIC Plaza in Guangzhou was completed the next year. The building was built at the fast pace of four floors in nine days. The main tower has offices, while an accomping 35 floor annex contains apartments, car park and shopping arcade complex which has 5 floors, four sets of escalators, five passenger lifts and two service lifts, and a floor area ranging from 3450sq m to 4900sq m. On the top floor is the Meridian View Centre, an observation deck. Empire State Building, New York - 381m 1931 - Shreve, Lamb and Harmon The Empire State Building is a 102-story american landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York City and and New York State. Central Plaza, Hong Kong - 374m 1992 - Ng Chun Man Central Plaza is the second tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. With a height of 374 m (1,227 ft), Central Plaza is only surpassed by 2 IFC (415 m / 1,362 ft) in Central. The building is located at 18 Harbour Road, in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. It was the tallest building in Asia from 1992 to 1996, until the Shun Hing Square in Shenzhen, People's Republic of China, was built.