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World's 15 stunning buildings

Last updated on: November 14, 2011 15:19 IST

Image: Burj Khalifa.

Burj Khalifa (Dubai)

Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest structure, at a height of 829.84 metres (2,723 ft).

The construction began on September 21, 2004. The building opened on January 4, 2010.

Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, with Adrian Smith as chief architect, and Bill Baker as chief structural engineer, it cost a whopping $1.5 billion to construct this building.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Shanghai's 3 skyscrapers.

Shanghai Tower (China)

The Shanghai Tower designed by Gensler, will be the tallest of a group of three supertall buildings in Pudong, the other two being the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center.

It is expected to be completed in 2014. When completed it wil rise to a height of 632 metres (2,073 ft) with 128 stories spread and a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft).

It will be the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Taipei 101.

Taipei 101 (Taiwan)

Taipei 101 was the world's tallest building from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.

In July 2011, the building was awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest award in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system to become the tallest green building in the world.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: 1 World Trade Center.

1 World Trade Center (New York)

One World Trade Center is the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan in New York City.

The 105-storey skyscraper when completed in 2013 will be the tallest building in the United States and one of the tallest in the world, with its radio antenna reaching a symbolic height of 1,776 feet (541.3 m).


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Grand Egyptian Museum.

Grand Egyptian Museum (Egypt)

Also known as the Giza Museum, it is a planned museum of artifacts of ancient Egypt. When completed, it will be the largest archaeological museum in the world.

The $550 million museum is scheduled to open in 2013. The museum will be built on 120 acres of land near the Giza pyramids.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Abraj Al-Bait Towers.

Abraj Al-Bait Towers (Saudi Arabia)

The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, is a building complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The complex holds several world records, including 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.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Petronas Towers.

Petronas Towers (Malayasia)

The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101.

They remain the tallest twin buildings in the world surpassing the World Trade Center.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: CN Tower.

CN Tower (Canada)

The CN Tower is a communications and observation tower in Toronto, Canada.

With a height of 553.33 metres (1,815.4 ft) it became the world's tallest free-standing structure and world's tallest tower at the time.

It held both records for 34 years until the completion of the Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower.

It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Jakarta Tower.

Jakarta Tower (Indonesia)

The Jakarta Tower is a partly built tower in Jakarta, Indonesia. When completed it will be 558 metres (1,831 ft) tall up to the antenna.

It would be the tallest freestanding tower in the Southern Hemisphere.

Located in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, work started in 1997, but was halted by the Asian economic crisis.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Boeing Everett Factory.

Boeing Everett Factory (Washington)

The Boeing Everett Factory, in Everett, Washington, is an airplane assembly building.

It is the largest building in the world by volume at 13,385,378 m3 and covers an area of 98.3 acres.

Boeing 747s, 767s, 777s, and the new 787 Dreamliner are built here.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Empire State Building.

Empire State Building (New York)

The Empire State Building is a 102-storey landmark building in New York.

It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high.

It was the world's tallest building for 40 years.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Bank of America Tower.

Bank of America Tower (New York)

Bank of America Tower is a 1,200 ft (366 m) skyscraper in the Midtown district of Manhattan in New York City, in the United States.

The $1 billion project was designed by Cook+Fox Architects to be one of the most efficient and ecologically friendly buildings in the world.

It is the second tallest building in New York City, after the Empire State Building.


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Image: Time Warner Center.

Time Warner Center (New York)

The Time Warner Center designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, consists of two 750 ft (229 m) towers bridged by a multi-storey atrium containing upscale retail shops.

It has the offices of Time Warner and an R&D Center for VMware, residential condominiums, the Mandarin Oriental and New York hotel.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Grand Central Terminal.

Grand Central Terminal (New York)

Grand Central Terminal (GCT) in New York City, United States is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms 44, with 67 tracks along them.


World's 15 stunning buildings

Image: Shard London Bridge.

Shard London Bridge

A skyscraper under construction in Southwark, London, it will be the tallest building in the European Union when completed in 2012.

It will also be the second tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom.