Evolution of Skyscrapers in the World

Evolution of Skyscrapers in the World

1. Philadelphia City Hall (1901-1908)  

Evolution of Skyscrapers in the World

Philadelphia City hall is the first world’s tallest building. It was built in American city Philadelphia, the United States with an architectural height of 167 m/ 584 ft. to tip reached for the skies. In fact, the architecture of the skyscraper with a bell tower was based on the recently invented steel frame construction to this day it is considered the tallest masonry structure in the world.

2. Singer Building (1908-1909)

Singer Building was built in New York City of the United States with an architectural height of 186.6 m/ 612 ft. to tip. The particular skyscraper was only able to stay in pole position a short time, however. 1913, only four years later, saw the opening of the 213-meter-tall Metropolitan Life Tower, also located in New York City.

3. Metropolitan life Tower (1909-1913)

The skyscrapers that followed the Metropolitan Life Tower were also located in New York City, USA. Modeled after the Campanile in Venice, it 0vertook title from Singer Building with height 213 m/ 700 ft. Currently converted into New York Edition Hotel.

4. Woolworth Building (1913-1930)

Woolworth building was also built in New York City, USA with an architectural height of 241.4 m/ 792 ft. to tip. Construction of the Woolworth building was only possible thanks to the development reinforced foundations, technology intended to prevent the skyscraper from leaning too heavily and toppling over in the case of earth moments. After three years of construction which costs 13.5 mil USD, this 241.4(792 ft.)  High office building holding a record for 17 years.

5. The Trump Building (1930)

The Trump Building built in New York City, USA its also known as 40 Wall Street with an architectural height of 282.8 m/ 927 ft. the building was originally known as Bank of Manhattan Trust Building. The history of skyscrapers was increasingly concentrated in the decades that followed in one city – New York City. 1930 saw the completion there, after less than a year’s construction, of the Trump Building, still the world’s highest brick building albeit with an internal steel skeleton.

6. Chrysler Building (1930-1931)

Chrysler building built in New York City, USA with an architectural height of 318.9 m/ 1,046 ft. The man who had it built, Walter Chrysler, was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris at that time the world’s tallest structure to want to build the world’s tallest skyscraper in the Chrysler and the architect William van Alen came up with a sophisticated trick: Van Alen had an additional 56 m long spire building, which was then delivered secretly in pieces, put together in the elevator shaft and finally placed on the top of the building after its completion in just 90 minutes.

7. Empire State Building (1931-1972)

Empire State Building built in New York City, USA, with an architectural height of 381 m / 1,250 ft. Built-in a record time of 18 months, the tower was viewed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. the weight of its presence in the media and its use as a setting for films such as “King Kong” or “Independence Day” have helped to make the Empire State Building one of the best-known skyscrapers from anywhere around the world. For 41 years it was the World’s tallest building- longer than any other of the record-holders.

8. World Trade Center (1972-1974)

World Trade Center built in New York City, USA. With an architectural height of 417 m/ 1,368 ft. Only in 1972 was this emblem of New York overtaken by an even-taller skyscraper in the shape of One World Trade Center. Which – like so many of its predecessors as record-holder – was built in New York City. Following a construction period of seven years, the skyscraper and its 415-meter tall twin tower became the two tallest buildings in the world. The terrorist attacks of September 2001. However, led to the World Trade Center being completely destroyed.

9. Willis Tower (1974-1998)

Willis Tower built in Chicago, USA. With an architectural height of 442 m / 1,451 ft. In 1974, two years later on from the completion of the World Trade Center, the tower in Chicago. For twenty years, the skyscraper was the world’s tallest. In 2009, Sears Tower was renamed Willis Tower after the Willis Group Holding acquired the naming rights to the skyscraper. The naming rights to the skyscraper and rented a substantial portion of the office space.

10. Petronas Towers (1998-2004)

Evolution of Skyscrapers in the World

Petronas Towers built in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with an architectural height of 451 m / 1,483 ft. The title of the world’s tallest building passed for the first time to a skyscraper outside America. A significant feature of the twin towers in the sky bridge between the towers, which is intended to serve as an escape route in the case of an emergency. The completion of the Petronas Towers finally made it necessary to set up rules for skyscraper heights, as the towers were only awarded the title following a legal battle. The Owner of Willis Tower in Chicago brought the action since the inclusion of the antenna would have meant Willis Tower would exceed the architectural height of the Petronas Towers. Since the judgment in favor of the Petronas Towers, television antennas are no longer recognized as an architectural component of buildings.

11. Taipei 101 (2004-2010)

Taipei 101 built-in Taipei, Taiwan, with an architectural height of 508 m / 1,667 ft. Until completion of Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the towers were considered the tallest skyscrapers in the world. On account of the structural height of 452 meters. Taipei 101 took on this title in 2004 and thus became the first title-holder of the 21st century. The skyscraper claimed several records at once: the greatest architectural height, the greatest roof height, and the highest occupied floor.

12. Burj Khalifa (2010- Present)

Evolution of Skyscrapers in the World

Burj Khalifa built in Dubai, UAE with 829.8 m/ 2,723 ft. Even before Taipei 101 was completed the construction work. It had already begun on the next “Supertall”, Burj Khalifa. In order to complete the tower, 2,400 workers were employed, working a three-shift system. On average it only took four days to add new flour. The tower topped out at 828 meters in December 2008, but the structure had already passed the height of Taipei 101 in July 2007, making Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building which it remains to this day. It was completed in 2010.

In the End, Each Skyscraper has its own history and achievements. And make their own country proud. Still a lot more Skyscrapers on progress to beat Burj Khalifa.

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