The Tallest Skyscrapers in the World

Even nowadays people tend to think of America when they hear the words “tallest skyscrapers in the world.” This is largely because the first of these giant architectural marvels were erected between 1884 and 1939 in New York and Chicago. Not all of these first attempts were easy builds, and this was largely due to the fact that there weren’t technologies like 3D CAD Services to assist during the planning phase of these gigantic constructions.

The world’s first skyscraper was the Home Insurance Building in Chicago, which was started in 1884 and completed in 1885. It was ten stories tall, and its peak reached 138 feet, which might have been gargantuan at the time, but seems short by today’s standards.

What is interesting to note is that the four tallest skyscrapers in the world today are nowhere near America. They were all built between 2004 and 2012, and the tallest of these reaches 2716.54 feet, which makes the Home Insurance Building in Chicago seem like a dollhouse in comparison.

After the blueprints of the four tallest buildings in the world were completed, their designers made use of 3D CAD Services to have models made before starting the construction process. This was an important step, one they couldn’t afford not to take, because when you reach for the sky you have to make doubly sure that your building is structurally sound.

By now you’re probably bursting to know what the four tallest skyscrapers in the world are, so we’ll stop this talk about 3D Cad Services, for now, and start the countdown:

  1. Shanghai World Financial Center. In fourth place we have the Shanghai World Financial Center located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. This glass structure with a twist is1614.17 feet tall and has 101 floors. It houses offices, conference centers, a hotel with 174 rooms, and three observation decks. Construction started in 1997 and was completed in 2008.
  2. Taipei 101. Third place is occupied by Taipei 101, which is located in the Xinyi District of Taipei, Taiwan. It is 1666.67 feet tall, looks like a stack of glass Chinese take-out boxes and is the tallest and largest green building in the world. The 101 floors are occupied by commercial offices. Construction started in 1999 and was completed in 2004.
  3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel. Runnerup is the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Mecca. This 1971.78-foot-tall building holds a couple of world records – namely, the world’s tallest clock tower, and the world’s largest clock face. It looks like a mixture between Big Ben and a mosque, with a couple of apartment buildings thrown in between. It consists of a five-story shopping mall (the Abraj Al Bait Mall), a parking garage with the capacity to hold a thousand vehicles, residential towers, two heliports, and a conference center. In total, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel can house up to one hundred thousand people. Construction started in 2004 and ended in 2012.
  4. Burj Khalifa. And the winner is: The Burj Khalifa situatedin Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. It is 2716.54 feet tall, and this almost rocket-shaped building was started in 2004 and completed in 2010. It consists of 163 floors and houses offices, apartments and an impressive eight hotels. It not only holds the record for the world’s tallest building, but also holds a number of other records, which include the tallest free-standing structure in the world, highest number of stories in the world, highest outdoor observation deck in the world, and elevator with the longest travel distance in the world.

There you have it: the four tallest skyscrapers globally. All of which made use of 3D CAD services during the planning phase, and this contributed greatly toward them being structurally sound. If you’re in need of CAD Services, don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 700-3305.

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