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China plans to build world's tallest building in 10 months

July 30, 2013 09:53 IST

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While usually it takes years to construct a skyscraper, a Chinese company is planning to build the world's highest tower in just 10 months. If it is able to complete it in that time, it will be a big achievement as the average time of world's top 20 highest towers is more than five years.

Let's have a look at 20 tallest buildings and the time it took to construct them.

Source: The Economist

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Sky City One

City: Changsha

Country: China

Height: 838 metres (2,749ft)

Completion time: 10 months (proposed)

Year of completion: April 2014 (estimate)

Overall rank in height: 1 (projected)

Broad Group, the company behind the project, plans to construct Sky City One in record time thanks to technology that makes it possible to build most of the parts prefabricated and then hoist and pack them into position.

It estimates the 202-storey, 1.05 million-square-metre project will cost $1.47 billion, house 30,000 residents and will have all facilities, including shops, school, recreational areas, offices and hotels. Can the company deliver the tower in 10 months? Only time will tell.

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Image: Artist conception of Sky City One in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, China.
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Burj Khalifa

City: Dubai

Country: The United Arab Emirates

Height: 829.8 metres (2,722ft)

Completion time: Six years

Year of completion: 2010

Overall rank in height: 1 (current status)

Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made building in the world, took nearly six years to complete at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion. It has offices, hotel rooms and residences and is famous for its $217 million fountain, world's third-highest observation deck and 27-acre park.

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Image: A view of Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
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Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower

City: Mecca

Country: Saudi Arabia

Height: 601 metres (1,972ft)

Completion time: Eight years

Year of completion: 2012

Overall rank in height: 2

Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower holds many world records, including tallest clock tower, largest clock face, building with the largest floor areas and second-tallest building, a hotel operated by Fairmont Group. Apart from the five-star hotel, it has a 20-storey shopping mall, a parking garage that can accommodate more than 1,000 cars, residences, conference hall and heliports.

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Image: Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
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Taipei 101

City: Taipei

Country: Taiwan

Height: 509 metres (1,669.9ft)

Completion time: Five years

Year of completion: 2004

Overall rank in height: 3

Taipei 101, which has 101 floors above ground and five underground, has a multi-level shopping showcasing several outlets, restaurants and clubs. Apart from that it also has residences, offices and a private club called Summit 101.

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Image: Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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Shanghai World Financial Centre

City: Shanghai

Country: China

Height: 492.0 metres (1,614.2ft)

Completion time: 11 years

Year of completion: 2008

Overall rank in height: 4

Shanghai World Financial Centre, the current holder of tallest structure title in China, has shopping malls, offices, conference rooms, observation deck and a hotel. The observation deck is located 1,555 ft above ground and the hotel, the second-highest in the world, has 174 rooms and suites.

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Image: Shanghai World Financial Centre in Pudong District.
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International Commerce Centre

City: Hong Kong

Country: Hong Kong

Height: 484.0 metres (1,587.9ft)

Completion time: Eight years

Year of completion: 2010

Overall rank in height: 5

International Commerce Centre, a 118-storey commercial tower, has offices of Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, a shopping mall, a five-star hotel and highest swimming pool and bar in the world. The tower has an observation deck at the 100th floor, while the hotel's express elevators take just 50 seconds from ground floor to 103rd floor.

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Image: Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats at Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, with the International Commerce Centre in the background.
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Petronas Towers

City: Kuala Lumpur

Country: Malaysia

Height: 451.9 metres (1,483ft)

Completion time: Six years

Year of completion: 1998

Overall rank in height: 6

Petronas Towers, the landmark of Malaysia, house a number of companies, including Huawei Technologies, Aveva, Al Jazeera English, Carigali Hess, Bloomberg, Boeing, IBM, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, McKinsey & Co, TCS, HCL Technologies, Krawler, Microsoft and Reuters. It also has a double decker skybridge, the world's highest two-storey bridge, connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, according to Wikipedia.

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Image: Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
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Zifeng Tower

City: Nanjing

Country: China

Height: 450 metres (1,480ft)

Completion time: Five years

Year of completion: 2009

Overall rank in height: 7

Zifeng Tower, a skyscraper completed in 2009, has offices, outlets, restaurants and observatory deck. It also has a 500-room hotel that has an outdoor swimming pool on the roof.

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Image: Workers wash windows of the Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, Jiangsu province.
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Willis Tower

City: Chicago

Country: United States

Height: 442.1 metres (1,450ft)

Completion time: Four years

Year of completion: 1974

Overall rank in height: 8

When it was constructed in the 1970s, the tower, also known as Sears Tower, used to be the tallest building in the world and held the record for nearly 25 years. The 108-storey building is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Chicago, attracting more than a million visitors every year.

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Image: Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois.
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Kingkey 100

City: Shenzhen

Country: China

Height: 441.8 metres (1,449ft)

Completion time: Four years

Year of completion: 2011

Overall rank in height: 9

Kingkey 100 is a skyscraper in Shenzhen, China, with 100 floors for office space and a hotel. The majority of floors have been taken up by offices, while the rest house a five-star hotel and several restaurants. It also has an observation deck and a water fountain.

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Guangzhou International Finance Center

City: Guangzhou

Country: China

Height: 438.6 metres (1,439ft)

Completion time: Four years

Year of completion: 2010

Overall rank in height: 10

Guangzhou International Finance Center in Guangzhou, China, is a 103-storey landmark with space for offices, hotel, conference centre and an observation deck.

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Image: Guangzhou International Finance Center.
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International Finance Centre

City: Hong Kong

Country: Hong Kong

Height: 412.0 metres (1,351.7ft)

Completion time: Three years

Year of completion: 2003

Overall rank in height: 11

International Finance Center, a major landmark of Hong Kong, has two towers, IFC Mall and Four Seasons Hotel. Some of the biggest companies, such as Bank of America, Financial Times, BNP Paribas, have offices in these towers. The hotel has 399 suites, and 519 apartments.

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Princess Tower

City: Dubai

Country: The United Arab Emirates

Height: 413 metres (1,355ft)

Completion time: Four years

Year of completion: 2003

Overall rank in height: 12

Princess Tower, a 101-storey skyscraper in Dubai, has residences, outlets and parking area spread over six floors.

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Trump International Hotel & Tower

City: Chicago

Country: United States of America

Height: 423.4 metres (1,389ft)

Completion time: Seven years

Year of completion: 2009

Overall rank in height: 13

Trump International Hotel & Tower has 92 stories, 486 luxury apartments, a five-star hotel, retail space and health club and spa among other facilities. It is named after billionaire developer Donald Trump.

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Image: Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.
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Al Hamra Tower

City: Kuwait City

Country: Kuwait

Height: 412.6 metres (1,354ft)

Completion time: Six years

Year of completion: 2011

Overall rank in height: 14

Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait has commercial and office space, theatre, 11-storey parking area and connects to a shopping mall that is spread on five stories.

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Image: Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait.
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23 Marina

City: Dubai

Country: United Arab Emirates

Height: 392.8 metres ((1,289ft)

Completion time: Seven years

Year of completion: 2012

Overall rank in height: 15

23 Marina in Dubai has 57 swimming pools, private elevator for each duplex and was until recently the tallest all-residential building in the world, according to Wikipedia.

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China International Trust and Investment

City: Guangzhou

Country: China

Height: 390.2 metres (1,280ft)

Completion time: Four years

Year of completion: 1997

Overall rank in height: 16

China International Trust and Investment's two antenna-like spires are its most prominent features. It has 38 stories, is near to a Metro station and is located in the booming part of Guangzhou.

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Shun Hing Square

City: Shenzhen

Country: China

Height: 384 metres (1,260 ft

Completion time: Three years

Year of completion: 1996

Overall rank in height: 17

Shun Hing Square, which was constructed at break-neck speed of four floors in nine days, has offices, residences, mall and an observation deck.

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Empire State Building

City: New York City

Country: United States of America

Height: 381.0 metres (1,250 ft)

Completion time: One year

Year of completion: 1931

Overall rank in height: 18

Empire State Building remained the tallest building in the world for 40 years until 1970s. The building, a cultural icon, is now owned by 1,800 investors.

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Image: The Empire State Building is seen from the Top of The Rock in New York.
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Elite Residence

City: Dubai

Country: United Arab Emirates

Height: 380.5 metres (1,248 ft)

Completion time: Six years

Year of completion: 2012

Overall rank in height: 19

Elite Residence located in Marina district in Dubai has 91 floors, with majority of them residences. It has several facilities, such as spa, gymnasium, recreation area and swimming pools.

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Central Plaza

City: Hong Kong

Country: Hong Kong

Height: 373.9 metres (1,227 ft)

Completion time: Three years

Year of completion: 1992

Overall rank in height: 20

Central Plaza has some of the world's biggest companies as tenets, including Sun Microsystems, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Swiss Reinsurance Company. It also houses the world's highest church inside a skyscraper, Sky City Church, according to Wikipedia.


Image: Fireworks explode in front of Central Plaza in Hong Kong.
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