Skyscrapers are the buildings built with a super tall height. These skyscrapers are standing proudly with multi-storey. There is no official definition to describe the height of the skyscrapers. The concept of the skyscrapers evolved only in the 19th century. These skyscrapers grabbed the attention of the peoples all over the world. Many architects turned their attention towards these skyscrapers. As a result of this, many skyscrapers starts residing in the world. Most of the skyscrapers are also playing the role of green and eco-friendly buildings. A symposium about the gorgeous skyscrapers called Mixed Green was also held in 2006. Let us go through few of the top most skyscrapers in the world.

Burj Dubai

burjdubaiBurj Dubai, a popping skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is the present tallest man-made building, which is under construction. The construction of this building began on 21st September 2004 and the construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year 2009. The height of the building is 818m, which is equal to 2,684 ft. The total budget of the Burj Dubai is about US $4.1 billion. This tower is composed of three elements arranged around a central core and it contains 26 terraces.

As the tower is residing in a flat desert base, setbacks occur at each element in an upward spiraling pattern to decrease the cross section of the tower as it reaches towards the sky.This dazzling building contains totally 162 floors. Notably the exterior cladding of this massive tower is of reflective glazing. The cladding is designed in such a manner that it can withstand even Dubai’s extreme summer temperatures. The 56 elevators with double-deck elevators will be installed. The speed of the elevators would be 700m/min. 

Taipei 101

taipei101Taipei 101 is stunning skyscraper located in Xinyi district, Taipei, Taiwan. This skyscraper received the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004. This building contains 101 buildings above the ground and 5 floors as underground floors. It is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. This skyscraper is flexible against the strong winds. Its flexibility prevents the structural damages of that building. Its resistive capacity gives the occupants a comfortable environment to work and protection to the glass and to the curtain walls. The transparent and non-reflective curtain walls are made up of double glazed blue-green (solar control) glass, which offers required heat and UV protection, and it is sustainable to impacts of 7 metric tons.

The few highlights of this building are its expansive area of energy efficient double glazing and column-free corner views. The elevator in this building runs with the speed of 1010m per minute sweeps the peoples from 5th to 89th floor within 37 seconds. The indoor observatory provides a very pleasing environment, large glass windows with UV protection, recorded voice tours in eight languages and informative display and special exhibits. This roof of this stunning skyscraper is powered by the solar, makes it to take part as one of the green buildings.

Shanghai World Financial center

ShanghaiShanghai World Financial center in Pudong, china stands with a height of 492m and it contains 101 floors. This financial center occupies a ground area of about 377,300 square-meters. This energy saving building includes 30 elevators and 33 escalators. The circular aperture in the top reduces the stress of the wind pressure. This center encloses energy efficient LED displays on the external walls of the building. Water recycling tanks are used to recycle the waters used all over the building. This building provides more space for the bicycle parking to encourage the peoples to reduce driving the vehicles, emitting more carbon. UV resistant windows are used to save energy. It was awarded with the LEED gold pre-certification by the USGBC.

International Commerce Center

internationalccInternational Commerce Center will be the tallest building in the Hong Kong. This building earned the platinum rating under the Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Methods (HK-BEAM). The height of the building is 483m and the total number of floors present in the building is 118. At this commercial center, Credit Suisse will become the first office world wide to introduce the “thin client” computer terminals for its employees replacing the individual Personal computers. This elimination of PCs led to the cost and energy savings, resulting 20 percent power consumption.

Petronas twin towers

petronasPetronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were the world tallest building from 1998 to 2004. As the bedrock was in a great depth, this twin towers were built on the world’s deepest foundation. Petronas tower 1 and Petronas tower 2 are collectively known as Petronas twin tower. Each of the two towers holds 88 floors and the façade includes steel and glass. The underscore of this building is the skybridge between the floors of 41 and 42, which is the second world largest skybridge. The skybridge would be very useful during the time of emergency. All the lifts in this building are double-decker lifts.

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