Today is Skyscraper Appreciation Day, a day that commemorates the birthday of William Can Alen, the architect behind the Chrysler Building, one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks. Skyscraper Appreciation Day was founded by Dr. Tom Stevens so that the general public could admire the structural and architectural details of these towering buildings.
In celebration of Skyscraper Appreciation Day, let’s take a look at some of the most iconic skyscrapers around the world – many are in cities we travel to!
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Since its completion in 2010, Burj Khalifa in Dubai claims credit as the world’s tallest skyscraper. It stands 2,717 feet tall and has 163 floors.
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Tower in Shanghai was completed in March 2014 after eight years of construction. It is 2,073 feet tall, and has 121 floors. The tower is one of three towering skyscrapers in Shanghai’s Luijiazui financial district.
Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel is a government-owned building complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The dimensions of the clock face at the very top are 141 feet by 141 feet, making it the largest in the world. 21,000 lights at the top of the clock flash to signal prayer time five times a day and are visible as far as 19 miles away.
One World Trade Center, New York City, United States
One World Trade Center stands at 1,776 feet tall – a homage to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed – and is the tallest building in the U.S. One World Trade Center stands as both a functioning use space, and as an unofficial memorial to the victims of 9/11.
CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China
Construction on the CTF Finance Centre began in 2010 and finished in 2016. It contains 111 floors and measures in at 1,740 feet. It is the second of two Guangzhou Twin Towers skyscrapers that overlook the Pearl River in Guangzhou.
Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan
At 1,667 feet tall, Taipei 101 is constructed to withstand typhoon winds and earthquake tremors common in that area. The building is also the tallest and largest green building in the world, according to LEED.
Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China
The Shanghai World Financial Centerstands at 1,614 feet, has 101 floors, and is one of the world’s tallest mixed-use urban development projects.
International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong
The International Commerce Centre’s height had to be scaled down due to regulations that prohibit buildings to be taller than the surrounding mountains. It currently stands at 1,587 feet. It also holds the Guinness World Record for the largest light and sound show on a single building.