‘Skyscraper’ is a term used for high-rise buildings that are more than 492 feet tall and has over 40 floors. Currently, the Burj Khalifa, situated in Dubai, is the tallest skyscraper in the world. Standing tall at a height of 2716.54 feet, Burj Khalifa is an architectural wonder and has been regarded as a “megatall” skyscraper, having both residential space and commercial offices.
However, ‘Skyscraper’ is not a 20th-century concept. The term was used in the late 19th century, but at that time it was applied to the buildings that comprised 10 to 20 floors. The Home Insurance Building, built in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois was the first steel-frame skyscraper. Back then the building amazed the public due to its tall height, which was 137 feet and had 10 floors. However, with the passage of time, buildings became taller, and today we have extremely tall structures such as the above-mentioned Burj Khalifa, or the One World Trade Center, in New York, that is more than 100 stories tall, and many others.
Almost all the major cities in the world have minimum one tall building, and following is a list of top ten cities having most skyscrapers with height more than 492 feet.
The Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong has whopping 317 skyscrapers, the tallest of which is the International Commerce Centre. With a height of 1587 feet/108 stories, the International Commerce Center is the ninth tallest building in the world.
New York City
Known for its impressive skyline, New York City is a home to 257 skyscrapers most of which are in Manhattan Island. One World Trade Center having 104 floors and 1364 feet height, is the tallest building.
Apart from having the tallest building of this world, Burj Khalifa, Dubai has 177 jaw-dropping skyscrapers. One of the fastest growing emirates of the UAE, Dubai also boasts of the highest skyline in the Middle East. The second tallest building is Marina 101, which was completed in 2017. It has 101 floors and is 1394 feet high.
Shanghai and Tokyo
Among the fastest growing cities of the world, Shanghai, and Tokyo have 145 skyscrapers each. Shanghai Tower is the tallest building with a height of 2073 feet and 128 floors. It is also the second tallest building in the world. Toranomon Hills is the tallest building in Tokyo with a height of 836 feet and 52 floors (plus 5 basement levels).
Third most populated city in the United States, Chicago has 121 skyscrapers with Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) being the tallest of them all. Standing tall at 1450 feet, the building has 110 floors.
Chongqing, China, has 112 skyscrapers and Chongqing World Financial Center is the tallest building, with a height of 1112 feet and 79 floors.
One of the three defined metropolis of Philippines, Manila has 104 skyscrapers and since 2017, Grand Hyatt Manila is the tallest building having 66 floors and a height of 921 feet. “Trump Tower at Century City”, comes second with 918 feet height and 57 floors.
The Chinese city of Guangzhou, with a total of 103 skyscrapers, has Guangzhou CTF Finance Center as the tallest building. With a height of 1738 feet and 111 floors, it is the seventh tallest building in the world. However, Canton Tower is another multi-purpose observation tower which is taller than the Finance Center, having a height of 1968 feet and 37 floors but it is not considered a building.
Another city of China, Shenzhen, covers the tenth spot for having 101 skyscrapers. Ping An Finance Center is the tallest building there, with a height of 1965 feet and 115 floors (plus 5 basements).
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