Record Breaking Buildings From Around the Globe
In this article from BuzzBuzzHome.com there are a number of record-breaking buildings that will wow you. It is always interesting to see what man made ingenuity has been able to create. It would be very interesting to know all of the financials behind these buildings, as the costs on most of these must be staggering. Imagine the companies that have money tied up in the North Korean Hotel below! From what I know, the tourism industry in North Korea is not exactly bustling so I’m not sure who is going to occupy these 300 rooms!
By: Michael Aynsley | NOVEMBER 23, 2014
TALLEST UNOCCUPIED BUILDING:
RYUGYONG HOTEL IN PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA
Height: 1,082 feet
Interesting facts: Construction on the 105-story hotel began in 1987 and was halted in 1992 when the country fell on hard economic times. The project was resurrected in 2008, and in 2011 the exterior was completed. The opening of the hotel has since been scheduled several times but keeps getting postponed. In 2012 the Daily Mail reported the 3,000-room inn would open in 2013, an astonishing 26 years after construction began. It did not.
TALLEST BUILDING / MOST FLOORS IN A BUILDING:
BURJ KHALIFA IN DUBAI, UAE
Height: 2,716 feet, 163 floors, plus 46 maintenance levels in the spire and two parking levels in the basement
Interesting fact: The design of the Burj Khalifa is said to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’sThe Illinois, circa 1956. Of course the big difference between the two towers, besides the fact that Wright’s was never built, is that The Illinois would have been twice as tall as the half mile-high Burj.
TALLEST RESIDENTIAL BUILDING:
PRINCESS TOWER IN DUBAI, UAE
Height: 1,356 feet, 101 floors
Interesting fact: The Princess Tower is part of the world’s tallest residential neighborhood. In addition to Princess and 23 Marina, the previous tallest residential building in the world, the Dubai neighborhood includes The Torch, a 1,105-foot tower and the 1,399-foot Marina 101, which will be completed in 2015.
THE JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL IN DUBAI, UAE
Height: 1,166 feet, 77 floors
Interesting facts: The first of two tower at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai was christened the world’s tallest hotel in March 2013. The 684-room building, which took seven years to complete, boasts 10 restaurants, four bars, two lounges, two ballrooms and a 43,000-square-foot spa and health club.
TALLEST TWIN TOWERS:
PETRONAS TOWERS IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Height: 1,387 feet, on the 106 floor
Interesting fact: The revolving restaurant known as Twist sits on top of the structure that briefly held the title of tallest freestanding tower in the world, replacing the CN Tower, before being surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree in 2011.
THE FARTHEST MANMADE LEANING BUILDING:
CAPITAL GATE IN ABU DHABI, UAE
Inclination: 18 degrees
Height: 525 feet, 35 floors
Interesting facts: Capital Gate’s 18-degree incline is nearly five times the angle of Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa. Unlike the Tower of Pisa, which slanted with time, Capital Gate was designed at an angle, made possible by staggering floor plates from the 12th floor up.
LARGEST SOLAR-POWERED BUILDING:
SUN-MOON MANSION IN DEZHOU, CHINA
Size: 807,000 square feet
Interesting facts: Renewable energy powers 95 per cent of the building which was designed to look like a giant sun dial. Sun-Moon Mansion’s primary tenant, Himin Solar Energy, was founded by oil equipment engineer Ming Huang who, according to National Geographic, has expressed concern about a fossil fuel-dependent economy, and is working to transform the area around the building into China’s Solar Valley.
Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015