Saturday, January 15, 2011

World's Tallest Buildings Part I

Human being are amazing creature which capable of doing things that seem impossible. Human don't have powerful physical body but are gifted with the most powerful tools in all living things - the Mastermind. Over the century, human civilization had build skyscrapers as symbol of power and development of a culture or country. Now we look at these amazing building...

1. Burk Khalifa

This residential and office tower officially became the world's tallest building when it opened its doors on Jan. 4, 2010.

Piercing the Dubai landscape at a height of just over 828 meters (2,716 feet) tall, the United Arab Emirates landmark and has more than 160 stories, the most of any building on Earth.

 2. Taipei 101

Topping out at 1,676 feet tall, the Taipei 101 building in Taiwan reigned supreme as the world's tallest tower for seven years after it opened in 2003.

The design of Taipei 101 borrows heavily from Chinese culture. Both the building's interior and exterior incorporate the Chinese pagoda form and the shape of bamboo flowers. The lucky number eight, which means blooming or success, is represented by the eight clearly delineated exterior sections of the building.
This skyscraper is approximately 165 feet taller than the Petronas Towers.

3. Shanghai World Financial Center

This night view of the Shanghai World Financial Center shows China's tallest skyscraper front and center in the Pudong, with the smaller Jin Mao Building behind it.

Coming in as the third tallest building on Earth, the 492-meter (1,614-foot) landmark tower hosts the world's highest Chinese restaurant on the 93rd floor.

The Shanghai World Financial Centre, or Center, is a soaring glass skyscraper with a distinctive opening at the top. The original plans called for a 46 meter (151 foot) circular opening that would reduce wind pressure and also suggest Chinese symbolism for the moon. Many people protested that the design resembled the rising sun on the Japanese flag. Eventually the opening was changed from circular to a trapezoid shape.
The ground floor of Shanghai World Financial Centre is a shopping mall and an elevator lobby with gyrating kaleidoscopes on the ceiling. On the upper floors are offices, conference rooms, hotel rooms, and observation decks.

4.  Petronas Twin Tower
Petronas Twin Towers 1 and 2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were the largest towers in the world when they first opened in 1998.
Standing at 452 meters (1,483 feet) each, they've since fallen to fourth and fifth place.

Traditional Islamic design inspired the floor plans for two Petronas towers in Kuala Lumur, Malaysia. Each floor of the 88-story towers is shaped like an 8-pointed star. The two towers have been called cosmic pillars that spiral heavenward. At the 42nd floor, a flexible bridge connects the two Petronas Towers. 

5. Willis Tower

Once the tallest in the world, the Willis Tower in Chicago was built in the 1970s under another name -- the Sears Tower -- to house the offices of the largest retailer in the world at the time, Sears, Roebuck & Co.

The name was changed in 2009 when London-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings moved into the 108-story-tall building.

To provide stability against high winds, architect Bruce Graham used a new form of tubular construction for Sears Tower. Two hundred sets of bundled tubes were laid into the bedrock. Then, 76,000 tons of prefabricated steel in 15-foot by 25-foot sections were put into place. Four derrick cranes moved higher with each floor to lift these steel "Christmas Trees" into position.


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