25 Great Skyscrapers: Icons of Construction
These aren’t the tallest buildings in the world, they aren’t the prettiest buildings in the world, they aren’t even the most successful — the inclusion of North Korea’s disastrous Ryugyong Hotel attests to that.
But they are among the most iconic, representing their designers and their cities as memorably as anything else.
Height: 437 meters
Cost to build: $41 million
Completion date: May 1, 1931
Fast fact: The Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days to build, or 7 million man hours — a record to this day for a skyscraper of its height.
Height: 234 meters
Cost to build: $600 million
Completion date: 2012
Fast fact: A building in the CCTV complex was badly damaged during a fire ignited by fireworks.
Height: 261 meters
Cost to build: $385 million
Completion date: 2008
Fast fact: Designed by Hong Kong architects Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man, the golden structure combines the visual effects of crystals, fireworks and the long plumes of a Brazilian headdress — all symbols of prosperity to guide the money home.
Height: 321 meters
Cost to build: $650 million
Completion date: December 1999
Fast fact: The hotel isn’t, nor does it claim to be, a seven-star hotel.
Cost to build: $3.9 billion
Completion date: May 2013
Fast fact: The height of 1,776 feet is a symbolic reference to the year in which the United States’ Declaration of Independence was signed.
Height: 194 meters
Cost to build: $6.3 billion
Opening date: April 2010
Fast fact: Marina Bay Sands is one of the world’s most expensive standalone casino properties, with total costs estimated at more than $6 billion.