How exciting it is to go to the top of the highest skyscraper and observe the city you are visiting? And if there are cool restaurants, shopping malls and other activities, it becomes even more exciting. Check out these ten buildings in the hip cities, that you might want to visit once there.
10. Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China
492 m (1,614ft) tall building is exciting to visit: among offices it houses shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and observation decks to the amazing Pudong view. The unusual design reduces the wind pressure and is a tribute to the Chinese mythology.
9. The Shard, London, England
A 87-storey skyscraper in the capital of England definitely stands out between the historic monuments such as Westminster Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral. It has the highest observatory deck in London, from where an incredible panorama of the hip city opens.
8. One World Trade Center, New York, USA
The controversial building was finished earlier this year, with the innovative security systems installed. It serves as a memorial and a statement, being 1,776 ft (541 m) height – the year the United States’ Declaration of Independence was signed. The designers wanted it to be efficient and usable, as well as beautiful and commemorating.
7. Bitexco Financial Tower, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Built in 2010, the skyscraper represents lotus – Vietnam’s national flower, which has religious and cultural meaning. The observation deck, which juts out from the building for 22 meters, is the most exciting feature for those, who want to have a glimpse of the city’s view.
6. Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The city has a restriction: only 30 floors can be usable in a building. However, it doesn’t restrict the building’s height. The hole at the top of Kingdom Centre assures, that no more than 30 floors are used. The Four Seasons hotel, as well as the shopping mall, bank and mosque exclusively for women are housed in the building, while the mosque is found in the 77th floor.
5. Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, China
Built in 1990 it was the tallest building outside USA at the time. It stirred a controversy: many criticized it for breaking feng shui flow with its sharp corners, thus being unfortunate for its neighbors. Today it offers an amazing observation deck and is part of the Symphony of Light show.
4. The Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The tallest twin building in the world reaches 451.9 m (1,483 ft) height. While one of the buildings is occupied by an oil company, the second is much more fun. Impressive shopping center Suria KLCC, observation deck, park nearby provide not only with a city’s panorama, but fun activities.
3. Empire State Building, New York, USA
The legendary skyscraper built in 1931 definitely defines the Big Apple’s panorama. The iconic building was celebrated by Jay-Z, climbed by King Kong and served as American symbol for decades.
2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Three towers are a monument for an urban lifestyle. It has everything you ever waned in one place: the resort, hotel, casino, museum, theaters, shopping mall, restaurants. It can accommodate 45 000 people at once. And, of course, the famous infinity pool offers swim with the greatest panorama ever.
1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
The tallest building in the world yet reaches 830 m (2,722 ft) height. The skyscraper houses offices, as well as 900 apartments. The design of Burj Khalifa incorporates the elements of Islamic architecture. The Armani Hotel is also located here and offers the luxurious suites with the amazing views.
Lead photo by Sebastian Opitz