In this video you will see the top 10 skyscrapers in the world.

Number 10. Gherkin.

30 St Mary Axe, nicknamed the Gherkin, is a skyscraper in London’s financial district. It’s 591 feet tall with 40 floors. Its construction sparked a high-rise building boom in London. The Gherkin’s name refers to the building’s unorthodox design. The building uses half the power a similar tower would normally use. Swiss Re, a reinsurance company, is the main tenant.

Top 10  Skyscrapers around the World

Number 9. Bank of China Tower.

Hong Kong’s Bank of China Tower is a famous skyscraper. It was Hong Kong’s and Asia’s tallest building from 1989 to 1992. This building’s expressionism resembles growing bamboo shoots, symbolising prosperity. Some Feng Shui practitioners have criticised the building’s sharp edges and negative symbolism from its many “X” shapes. The 43rd floor has a small observation deck.

Number 8. Sears Tower.

The 108-story, 1,450-foot Sears Tower is in Chicago. At its completion in 1973, it was the world’s tallest building, surpassing the WTC towers in New York. On the 103rd floor of the tower is one of Chicago’s most popular observation decks. The building sways in the wind for tourists. On a clear day, they can see across Lake Michigan and Illinois. In either of two elevators, the ride to the top takes 60 seconds. Willis Tower became Sears Tower on July 16, 2009.

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Number 7. Shanghai World Financial Center.

The Shanghai World Financial Center consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls. It has 174 rooms and suites. In 2007, the skyscraper reached 492 metres and became the tallest in China, including Hong Kong. The building’s top floor stands out. Some Chinese thought the original circular design resembled the Japanese flag’s rising sun. Some say replacing the circle with a trapezoidal hole makes the building look like a bottle opener.

Number 6. Taipei 101.

Taipei 101, at 508.0 metres (1,667 ft), was the world’s tallest skyscraper until 2007. Taipei 101 can withstand typhoon winds and earthquake tremors. The tower’s 101 floors represent the new century (100+1) and new years (January 1 = 1-01). The tower has 8-floor segments. In Chinese-speaking cultures, eight represents abundance, prosperity, and luck.

Number 5. Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is a Manhattan Art Deco skyscraper. It stood at 319 metres (1,047 ft) before the Empire State Building surpassed it in 1931. When it was built, New York was competing to build the world’s tallest skyscraper. Despite the skyscraper’s fast pace (4 floors per week), no workers died. Many contemporary architects consider the Chrysler Building one of New York City’s finest buildings.

Number 4. Burj Dubai.

The Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, is a must-see in Dubai. When finished, it will be 818 metres (2,684 ft). On 37 floors will be an Armani Hotel. 700 apartments will be on floors 45-108. The 78th floor will have an outdoor pool. Most of the remaining floors will be corporate offices and suites, with a 123rd floor lobby and a 124th floor observation deck.

Number 3. Petronas Twin Towers.

Taipei 101 surpassed Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers in 2004. The twin towers are the world’s tallest. The 88-floor towers are mostly reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble Islamic art, reflecting Malaysia’s Muslim religion. A skybridge connects the towers on the 41st and 42nd floors. It’s not directly bolted to the main structure but slides in and out of the towers to withstand high winds. In case of an emergency in one tower, people can cross the sky bridge to the other.

Number 2. Burj Al Arab.

Burj Al Arab is the world’s second-tallest hotel at 321 metres (1,050 feet). The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea (unfinished for over 20 years), is 9 metres (30 ft) taller, and the Rose Tower in Dubai, at 333 metres (1,080 ft), is the world’s tallest hotel. One of its restaurants is 200 metres above the Persian Gulf and offers views of Dubai. The Burj Al Arab is connected to the mainland by a private bridge. It’s a tower that symbolises Dubai’s urban transformation and resembles a sail.

Number 1. Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building is no longer the tallest skyscraper in the world, but it’s still the most famous. King Kong was filmed there. The WTC towers eclipsed it as the world’s tallest building in 1972. Opening in 1931 during the Great Depression left much office space unrented. Profitability didn’t arrive until 1950. The Empire State Building’s outdoor observatory offers 360-degree views of NYC.

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