6 iconic skyscrapers

6 iconic skyscrapers

Skyscraper Day is September 3 and in honor of these towering, sky-tickling structures, Musement looks at six of the world’s most iconic.

It’s that time of year again: Skyscraper Day! These super tall structures started to pop up in the 19th century. While skyscrapers are the norm for most major cities today, they were revolutionary in those days of yore.

Chicago’s ten-story Home Insurance Building, constructed in 1884, was the world’s first, prompting other cities and architects to follow suit. Ten stories might not seem very dizzying nowadays, but it led architects to challenge themselves to reach new heights.

Chicago’s upward expansion continued as skyscrapers eventually arrived in New York City, where the Chrysler Building, constructed in 1930, held the title of the world’s tallest until the Empire State Building surpassed it one year later. However, the Chrysler Building is still the tallest steel-supported brick building.

Nowadays, you can find skyscrapers in every hemisphere and time zone. In honor of Skyscraper day, here’s a look at some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers.

1. Burj Khalifa

City: Dubai
Year opened: 2010
Height: 829.8 m (2,722 ft)
Stories: 163
Architect: Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Architectural Style: Neo-futurism
Fun Facts: The Burj Khalifa in Dubai holds a number of world records including tallest structure, tallest freestanding building, tallest service elevator, highest number of stories, highest occupied floor, highest outdoor observation deck and elevator with the longest travel distance.

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2. The Petronas Twin Towers

Year Opened: 1996
City: Kuala Lumpur
Height: 452 m (1,483 ft)
Stories: 88
Architect: César Pelli
Architectural Style: Post Modern
Fun Facts: The Sky Bridge connecting the two towers is the world’s highest two-story bridge. The Petronas Twin Towers was the world’s tallest from 1998 to 2004. Since their construction, the towers’ distinct structure has made many a cameo in films such as “Entrapment”, “Fair Game” and “Independence Day Resurgence”.

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3. The Shard

City: London
Year opened: 2013
Height: 309.6 m (1,016 ft)
Floors: 95
Architect: Renzo Piano
Architectural Style: Neo-futurism
Fun Facts: The Shard is the tallest building in the UK and the world’s 105th tallest. In 2014, it won first place at the prestigious Emporis Skyscraper Awards. The Shard is named for its inspiration, a shard of glass, and its exterior comprises 11,000 glass panels. Its elevator moves at a speed of six meters per second.

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4. Tour Montparnasse

City: Paris
Year opened: 1973
Height: 210-metre (689 ft)
Stories: 49
Architects: Urbain Cassan, Eugène Beaudouin, Louis de Hoÿm de Marien, with help from architect Jean Saubot
Architectural Style: Modern
Fun Facts: In 1995, French urban climber, Alain “Spiderman” Robert, scaled the exterior with his bare hands and feet, and no safety devices, to reach the top. He almost fell in the process. The tower has been criticized as an eyesore so after its opening, a law was passed forbidding the construction of buildings eight stories and higher in the Paris city center.

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5. Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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