Skyscrapers are the tallest and most magnificent structures made by humankind. They are prime examples of peak creativity of humans, which also serve the purpose of providing a solution for more and more people searching for a place to live in the metropolitan cities. The first set of this architecture was introduced during the 1930s and since then, we have witnessed a magnanimous set of beautiful skyscrapers all around the world. We all know the popular skyscrapers around the world like Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Shanghai Tower in China. We have curated a list of lesser-known but equally magnificent skyscrapers which you might want to pay a visit to.
- The Shard, London, the United Kingdom.
The Shard is 310 meters in height and is a beautiful piece of architecture situated in the heart of the city of beautiful architecture, London. To get recognized in a place like London, where there are places like Westminster Palace, Tower of London, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, it takes courage and eye-catching architecture. Architect Renzo Piano’s architecture did it and now, The Shard stands tall by crossing some great buildings like Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt and thus becoming the highest building in the European Union. The total cost of building The Shard was little over $660 million and was completed in November 2012. It has a viewing platform called ‘The View’ which provides with the highest viewing platform in London. It is generally open to the public and costs around $35 to 40$ as entry fees.
- Elephant Tower, Bangkok, Thailand.
Thailand’s national animal is Elephant and they are respected a lot in the country. Thus, when a humongous building was introduced as a mark of respect to elephants, it didn’t come as a shocker. It was completed in 1997 and is 102 meters in height. It is located at Phrao’s district and has eyes and tusks as a way of paying respect to elephants.
This might not be the ideal skyscrapers we are used to, but there is no doubt that this unique architecture not only diverts our mind from the concrete jungle that we are so used to but also has a great significance in the culture of Thailand. It is a must-visit for the tourists as it provides a different outlook and of course, this place belongs in the heart of locals.
- Bitexco Financial Tower, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
It is a lesser-known fact about Vietnam that it has Bitexco Financial Tower which stands 262 meters tall and the total amount of money that was required to build it was nearly $220 million. It is designed to represent the national flower of Vietnam that is lotus and it symbolizes the growth and the beauty of the city of Ho Chi Minh.
It has a helipad on the 52nd floor and observation deck on the 47th floor, which provides a 360-degree view of the city. And even if it isn’t the tallest building in Vietnam, it still is a landmark of the city. It was designed by award-winning architect Carlos Zapata.
- Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea.
Winner of the World record of the tallest unoccupied building for more than 21 years, the Ryugyong hotel is 330 meters in height and the cost to build it was $750 million. It was started in 1987 but due to reasons like rampant mismanagement, the construction was stopped. It began again in 2008 after the Egyptian Telecommunication Company took it over. Another hotel group took the management of it but had to take a step back after the nuclear attack threats were given by the USA to South Korea.
It is one of the most fascinating buildings in the world but due to mismanagement, corruption, and other external factors, it could not be opened for the public.
The aforementioned are a few skyscrapers around the world that deserve the same level of attention as the mainstream ones. Other than these there are also places like Bank of China in Hong Kong and Hotel and Casino Grand Lisboa in Macau. All of these skyscrapers are a treat to the eyes and are so fascinating that they deserve a visit!
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