일찌기 바벨탑을 쌓아 하늘 높이 올라가고픈 욕망을 표현했던 인류는 지금도 가능하면 더 높은 빌딩을 지으면서 자기의 위상과 자존심 그리고 존재를 과시하며 다른 사람과 나라 위에 군림하려는 욕구가 있다. 과거의 최고 빌딩이었던 엠파이어 스테이트 빌딩은 이젠 유물로 남고 세계 곳곳에서 높이 경쟁이 치열하다.
Burj developer Emaar is itself partly owned by the Dubai government, but is not part of struggling Dubai World, which has investments ranging from Dubai's manmade islands and seaports to luxury retailer Barneys New York and the oceanliner Queen Elizabeth.
Emaar's Alabbar said the landmark Burj is 90 percent sold in a mix of residential units, offices and other space, offering a counterpoint to Dubai's financial woes.
Dubai's Burj Khalifa was debuted and renamed on Monday, Jan. 4. Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building (2,717 feet), features the highest observation deck and was renamed after Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of neighboring Abu Dhabi who came to the aid of Dubai during the financial meltdown.
Burj Dubai / Burj Khalifa FULL Opening Ceremony
From the top of the Burj Khalifa's spire 828 m
Hong Kong's Two ifc, designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, is 88 stories high. The massive tower was completed in 1998
International Commerce Center (HD)
Taiwan's Taipai 101 Tower stands 1,667 feet in height, and has more than 2.3 million square feet of office space, nearly 800,000 square feet of retail space, nearly 900,000 square feet of parking space and more than 1,800 vehicles.
(Discovery Channel) TAIPEI 101
2010 Taipei 101 New Year Fireworks Display
The Petronas Towers, also designed by Cesar Pelli, were completed in 1998. Two 88-story towers highlight the skyline of Kuala Lumur, Malaysia. The floors of the towers are shaped like eight-pointed stars, and a flexible bridge connects the spires at the 42nd floor.
Petronas Towers Skybridge
Shanghai's Jin Mao Tower is one of the tallest buildings in China.At 1,381 feet high, the building's design revolves around the number eight (considered to be one of the luckiest numbers in Chinese culture). Jin Mao Tower stands 88 stories, and its address is 88 Century Boulevard.
Shanghai's Jin Mao Tower
Perhaps better known as the Sears Tower, this Chicago building was renamed in 2009. The massive structure is the tallest building in North America, stands 110 stories high and features a famed Skydeck observatory that offers a view of the Windy City at 1,353 feet.
Sears Tower Unveils 103rd Floor Glass Balconies
The Sears Tower Last Day
The trapezoid opening high atop the 1,614-foot-tall Shanghai World Financial Center certainly makes the building memorable. In a nod to Chinese symbolism and to reduce wind pressure, the opening was originally going to be circular. Some protested the design, claiming it resembled the rising sun on Japan's flag, and the design was ultimately changed. Other notable buildings in China include the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China (1,476 feet) and Guangzhou West Tower in Guanzhou, China (1,435 feet).
Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) Introduction Video
China Shanghai World Financial Center
The TV tower, currently under construction but set to be complete and fully operational for the 2010 Asian Games, will be the world's tallest TV tower. When finished, the Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower will reach a height of about 2,000 feet.
Guangzhou - TV Tower
CNN World View - Guangzhou Canton Tower
More than 100 million visitors have taken in the awe-inspiring views from the Empire State Building's observation deck on the 86th floor since it opened to the public 79 years ago. The building is one of the most notable pieces of the Big Apple's skyline, and has the backdrop for several movies, including "King Kong," "An Affair to Remember" and "Sleepless in Seattle."
The Empire State Building
New York City Helicopter Tour
Building the Empire State Bldg (1929-1931)
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Top 20 Tallest Building In The World