|Philadelphia City Hall|
|The Bronze Statue of William Pen|
This impossing building is the Government House for the City of Philadelphia. It was the first modern building and also the first secular building to become the tallest in the world. All previous records were held by religious buildings such as Cathedrals.
This structure also houses all the three branches of Government for the city: The Executive (Mayor's Office), The Legislature (City Council), and the Judiciary.
It has almost 700 rooms and is the largest municipal building in the United States.
Standing at the top of the building is a massive bronze statue of William Penn, founder of the city. This impossing statue is the tallest statue on top of any building in the world.
2. The Singer Building, New York (1908 -1909) 187 Metres:
It's unique shape and style was very prominent in the skylines of Broadway, New York for several decades.
It was demolished in 1968 and remains the tallest building ever to be demolished in peacetime.
3. Metropolitan Life Tower, New York (1909 - 1913) 213 Metres:
|Metropolitan Life Tower at Night|
|Metropolitan Life Tower|
This famous building has undergone so many remodelling projects that it looks very different today than the way it looked more than a hundred years ago.
It is currently owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authourity and is under more renovation to become a 5-Star hotel.
4. Woolworth Building, New York (1913 - 1930) 241 Metres:
|The Woolworth Building|
Standing at 233 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, this building remains one of the most admired buildings in the United States of America.
5. Bank of Manhattan Trust Building, New York (1930) 283 Metres:
|Bank of Manhattan Trust Building|
It was completed in April 1930 and it held the record as the tallest building in the world for about two months.
On May 20, 1946 a United States military C-45 Beechcraft plane crashed into the building at the 58th floor creating a massive hole in the building. The cause of the crash was poor visibility caused by thick fog.
Nobody in the building was hurt but all persons in the plane died.
The building is now known as the Trump Building.
6. Chrysler Building, New York (1930 - 1931) 319 Metres:
|Chrysler Building at Night|
The building is built in Ary Deco style, the famous spire is modelled on a Chrysler car radiator grille and the gargoyles depicts Chrysler car ornaments.
It became the tallest building in the world for only eleven months and was the headquarters of the Chrysler Car Company until the 1950's.
It is now owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council.
7. Empire State Building, New York (1931 - 1972) 381 Metres:
|Empire State Building|
|Empire State Building at Night|
When it was opened on May 1, 1931 it was without doubt the tallest building in the world and would keep this enviable record for the next 41 years.
This 103-storey structure is currently the 23rd tallest building in the world and the fourth tallest free-standing structure in North America.
This building is so popular that it has become an American cultural icon.
8. The World Trade Center, New York (1972 - 1974) 417 Metres:
|World Trade Center, Night|
|World Trade Center|
Known as the "Twin Towers", they were the world's tallest buildings from 1972 - 1974, they were also the first supertail buildings built without any masonry.
The two buildings were 110 storeys each but the North Tower was slightly taller than the South Tower and despite it's iconic statu it had been a center of several tragic events.
It experienced a massive fire incident in 1975, a bombing in 1993 and a robbery in 1998.
On September 11, 2001 the two towers finally collapsed after a devastating terrorist attack. One of the most powerful symbols of American Capitalism was no more.
9. The Sears Tower, Chicago (1974 - 1998) 442 Metres:
|Sears Tower (Willis Tower) Night|
|Sears Tower (Willis Tower).|
This building was called the Sears Tower for most of it's life but, in 2009, the name was officially changed to the Willis Tower.
10. The Petronas Twin Towers, Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia (1998 - 2004):
|Petronas Towers, Night|
The Petronas Towers has been featured in several movies and video games (The movie "Entrapment" (1999), Video game "Hitman 2: Silent Assassin" etc).
The Petronas Towers is a mixture of ancient and present Malysian culture fused with post- modernist styles. The identical towers are linked by a bridge at the 41st floor.
This building will forever remain a stunning and breath taking symbol of Kualar Lumpur and it heralds a new age in which the tallest moved away from the North American continent to another continent.
11. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan (2004 - 2010) 509 Metres:
|Taipei 101 Sparkling.|
It has 101 floors above ground and 5 floors below ground level, and is the most recognised building in Taiwan and environs.
It displays the largest New Year count down clock in the world and has the fastest descending elevator speed in the world, 16.83 m/s and it is the first building to break the half-kilometer mark in heights.
12. The Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE (2010 -) 828 Metres:
|Burj al Khalifa|
It has the world's highest nightclub.
The world's highest restaurant.
Building with the most floors (163 floors).
It simply an icon to behold and not surprisingly has been featured in movies, games and cinema shows from Tom Cruise's "Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol" to video game "Specs Ops: The Line" etc.
The Burj Khalifa serves as a global icon that is a model for future urban centres and massively tall structures.
It is a sight to behold!
13. The Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Under Construction) Above 1,000 Metres:
According to the plans, it should be completed by 2017. It is designed by Adrian Smith, the same architect that designed the Burj Khalifa if Dubai.