The iconic skyscrapers of the world represent greatest human accomplishments of all time, attracting a large number of visitors every year. These skyscrapers symbolize the glory and pride of a country, standing tall to demonstrate the magnificent workmanship and structural elegance.
Here is a list of seven skyscrapers that have marked their presence in the world with their beauty and nobility:
Absolute World, Mississauga, Canada
Boasting a height of 590 ft., this iconic skyscraper features 56 floors, twisting to the top by 209 degrees from the base. Completed in 2012, this building is made up of Aluminum façade, providing a gorgeous look. The curved shape of this building has earned it a nickname “The Marilyn Monroe Building.”
The Arch, Hong Kong, China
This iconic tower features an astonishing height of 757 ft., containing a total of 65 floors. There are more than 1000 apartments in this building with a total floor area of over one million square ft.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Featuring a glistering stainless steel façade, this skyscraper is termed as the tallest skyscraper in the world with a total height of 2717 ft. It took approximately six years to finish the construction, which was completed in 2010. The building has a total of 183 floors, featuring 57 elevators. A man-made lake surrounds the building, providing stunning views. This building is so huge that the condensation water collected from the AC system can fill 20 Olympic-sized pools per year!
Commerzbank Tower, Frankfurt, Germany
Commerzbank Tower is the tallest building in Germany, featuring a height of 849 ft. and 58 floors. This building uses a new technology for heating and cooling system, and is considered as the first ecological skyscraper in the world. Commerzbank Tower was the tallest building in Europe until 2003 when Triumph Palace from Moscow, Russia topped it out.
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo, Japan
With a height of 780 ft. and a total of 54 floors, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower provides a gorgeous view of Tokyo City during both day and night times. With a wide variety of facilities located on each floor, such as restaurants, malls, theatres, museum, school, library, and conference centers, Mori Tower features an open air viewing area on the 54th floor and an observation deck on the 52nd, providing an outstanding visual experience.
Mercury City, Moscow, Russia
Featuring a contemporary European architecture, Mercury City stands tall as the Europe’s tallest building. Completed in 2013, Mercury City boasts a height of 1,112 ft., containing 75 floors and 29 elevators.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Eiffel Tower is one of the tallest man-made structures on earth and world’s first ever structure to exceed 1000 ft. in height. With a large number of visitors visiting the tower every day, the elevators travel over 62,000 miles each year!
The list of skyscrapers is continuing to grow, with several skyscrapers already under construction to achieve the honor of being the tallest structure in the world. Building such structures is certainly a challenging aspect, and involves extremely proficient engineering workmanship and strict adherence to safety guidelines. Testing the structures and pipelines for any structural imbalance is extremely crucial to promote safety. Non-destructive testing techniques, such as the ones promoted by 20/20 NDT Inc, can be of value in ensuring that structures are sound and safe, helping to keep the skyscrapers stay firm and elegant in the long run.