10 Most Iconic Skyscrapers in the World


Constructing taller buildings was a dream first fulfilled on Western cities like Chicago and New York City back in the olden days. Then, the other places followed particularly in Asia where many countries developed quickly from the strong economic growth. The result; we have thousands of skyscrapers built across the world in present day. Here, I would like to compile a list of ten most iconic skyscrapers in the world. The criteria or aspects I considered before finalizing this list are as follow;

(a) the building must be at least 150 m tall to be considered a skyscraper.

(b) the building must be instantly recognizable and is a national landmark, and if preferably a world landmark.

(c) the building must be an architecture wonder and an engineering marvel.

(d) the building must possess huge impact to its surrounding and the city’s skyline, very famous and often caught public/media attention worldwide.

(e) the building must be completed, habitable in most of its spaces and not be telecommunication or observation tower.

This list is very subjective, but these 10 buildings below that I picked are also featured in many previous rankings or polls done by the others on the similar topic. Now, here it goes for my personal 10 most iconic skyscrapers in the world (in alphabetical order, not in ranking):

BANK OF CHINA TOWER, HONG KONG, CHINA

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BURJ AL ARAB, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

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BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

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CCTV HEADQUARTERS TOWER, BEIJING, CHINA

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CHRYSLER BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE

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ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

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TAIPEI 101, TAIPEI, TAIWAN

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Breathtaking skyscrapers, aren’t they? The other ten that did not make the list but I would grant them honorary mention here too;

Transamerica Pyramid (San Francisco, USA), Willis Tower (Chicago, USA), John Hancock Center (Chicago, USA), Jin Mao Tower (Shanghai, China), US Bank Tower (Los Angeles, USA), 36 St. Mary Axe (London, UK), The Shard (London, UK), 2 International Finance Centre (Hong Kong, China), Kingdom Centre (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Shanghai World Financial Center (Shanghai, China).

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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