Posted by: mrpeatie | October 23, 2008

World’s Tallest Building? Not for Long

I’m fascinated by tall buildings and city skylines. Something about the engineering involved and how a cities’ skyline will often define the image of that city is compelling to me. Growing up near New York City may have had something to do with this. My hometown was nestled atop the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  On clear days and we could see the tops of the Twin Towers and the Empire State Building. I’ve always kept a keen interest in tall buildings from the Sears Tower, to the Taipei 101 and now to the Burj Dubai.

When completed sometime next year the Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) will be the tallest building in the world. Estimated to reach a height of over 2,900 feet (900m for you crazy metric system folks) and have over 162 habitable floors, the Dubai Tower will easily be taller than all other buildings and man-made structures in the world. A fantastic photo gallery of the project can be found here.

Artists rendering of Nakheel Tower

Artists rendering of Nakheel Tower

Some thought the Burj Dubai would hold onto the world’s tallest building record for a long time, but a another developer in Dubai recently announced plans to build the Nakheel Tower as the center-piece of an inner-city harbor development. Exact details on the height and number of floors are unknown, but the developer was quoted as saying the Nakheel Tower will have “more than 200 floors”. And if that wasn’t crazy enough, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal wants in to the ‘tallest building in the world pissing contest’ and has announced plans to build Kingdom City in the Saudi City of Jeddah. The center-piece here would be a 3,281 foot tall building.

Here in the US the Sears Tower has been the tallest building for decades. Earlier this year a developer in Philadelphia introduced legislation that would change some zoning laws and allow the tallest building in the US, The American Commerce Center, to be built. The building would top out at around 1500 feet.

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