Last Updated: September 03, 2022, 07:00 AM IST
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates has been the tallest building in the world since its completion in 2010 (Image: YouTube)
National Skyscraper Day is a celebration of engineering marvels that the world sees today
National Skyscraper Day 2022: Skyscrapers can sometimes become the defining symbol of a city. These towering structures are also a symbol of human development and the architectural marvels our race is capable of. The term skyscraper originated in the United States in the late 1800s when America was undergoing a massive makeover and industrialization was in its prime.
One of the people who contributed to the development of America was Louis Henry Sullivan. He is considered the father of skyscrapers and to commemorate his birthday, National Skyscraper Day is celebrated on September 3 every year.
National Skyscraper Day: History
Louis Sullivan is considered the father of modernism for his forward-looking and creative architectural solutions. His work has amazing designs and layouts. He designed some of America’s most famous buildings, including the Wainwright Building, the Union Trust Building, and the Prudential Building. National Skyscraper Day is celebrated to commemorate Sullivan’s writings, along with adaptations and inspirations of his work.
National Skyscraper Day: Significance
It stands for the admiration of the engineering marvels that the world sees today. Covering and counting over a decade of travel, human understanding of architecture has increased tenfold.
The five tallest buildings in the world today are:
- Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates has been the tallest building in the world since its completion in 2010. The building is 2,717 feet tall and has 163 floors.
- Shanghai Tower
Located in Shanghai, China, this building is just 200 meters shorter than the tallest building in the world and stands at 2,073 feet. The tower also holds the title of home to the world’s fastest elevator, boasting a speed of 18 meters per second.
- Abraj Al-Bayt Clock Tower
The Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia has a clock that can be seen from a distance of 25 kilometers. Completed in 2012, the building is 1,972 feet tall and is the third tallest building in the world.
- Ping the International Financial Center
Located in Shenzhen, China, the center is the tallest office building in the world at 1,966 feet. This building has 116 floors.
- Goldin Finance 117 Tower
Dropping just 2 meters away to fifth place, the Goldin Finance Building is 1,957 feet tall and houses several offices and a hotel. The building was completed in 2020.
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