In comparison, the current second-tallest structure is the Shanghai Tower, which stands at 632 meters (2,073 feet). The Shard in London stands 310 meters tall (1,017 feet). The former second-tallest building is the New York Times Building at 515 m (1,638 ft). It was demolished in 2013.
The third-tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It is 828 m (2,723 ft) high and it was completed in 2009. The fourth-tallest building is the Shanghai World Financial Center, which is 798 m (2,707 ft) high. It was also built in 2009. The fifth-tallest building is the Lotte World in Seoul, which is 771 m (2,542 ft). It was opened in 2016.
American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. When it was constructed in 1959, it was the first major work by a living artist to be displayed in America. The building is currently the 4th-highest in the United States.
Anish Kapoor's sculpture at the British Museum in London is called Cloud Gate. It is a polished stainless steel plate standing over 3 meters high and 22 meters wide.
Willis Tower has been removed off the list of the world's top ten tallest structures. With a height of 2,073 feet, China's Shanghai Tower has surpassed Dubai's 2,722-foot-tall Burj Khalifa to become the world's second highest structure. The news was announced by its developer, China's State-owned company Shanguang, at a press conference on Tuesday. The tower is now the tallest building in Asia.
The Sears Tower is currently the third tallest building in the United States and the world. It was also the first true skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois and it transformed the city's skyline when it was completed in 1990. The tower has been topped out as the ninth largest building in the world but never opened for business due to bankruptcy issues with its owner, Chicago-based retailer Sears Holdings.
The IDS Center in Ames, Iowa, is the fourth-tallest building in the U.S. When it is complete in 2009, it will be 1 foot shorter than Willis Tower.
The Chrysler Building is the fifth-tallest building in the U.S. When it is complete in 2009, it will be 1 foot shorter than IDS Center.
The Lotte World Tower is the sixth-tallest building in the U.S. When it is complete in 2010, it will be 1 foot shorter than Chrysler Building.
The Shard is the highest structure in the United Kingdom and the seventh-tallest building in Europe, standing at 309.6 meters (1,016 ft). It is also the second-tallest free-standing building in the United Kingdom, after the Emley Moor transmitting station's concrete tower. The Shard has been called "the world's most expensive skyscraper" and "the greatest brick building on earth".
It is located near London Bridge, within the Royal Borough of Southwark. The site was previously occupied by a gas holder with an antenna attached to it. Before that, it was used for storage of grain. The Shard will be permanently dark blue from top to bottom, which its creators say will help reduce energy consumption.
The building is owned by the publicly funded British government body, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), who leased it to a private company, the Shard Trust. The lease expires in 2100, after which point DCLG can decide not to renew it if they feel like it can't be done affordably elsewhere. If this happens, then the building will become state property and could be sold or developed.
Its construction was started in 2010 and was completed in 2014, at a cost of £150 million ($210 million). The project was led by French architect Jean Nouvel with Italian studio Moglie Nicolini as the main architectural consultant.
The Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China, is Asia's second highest structure. The Abraj Al-Bait Towers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, are Asia's third highest structures. They were built over 40 years ago and stand as twin towers with Islamic architecture styles.
Shanghai Tower is currently the tallest building in Asia and the 3rd tallest building in the world. The construction of this incredible skyscraper began in 2008 and it is expected to be completed in 2015. The building will be 828 meters (2743 feet) high and contain luxury hotels, a casino, a giant screen movie theater, a shopping mall, a restaurant, and many other things. There are plans to build an identical tower in Dubai but that project is not scheduled for completion until 2020 at the earliest.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the current record holder for the tallest building in Asia and the 2nd tallest building in the world. It is 828 meters (2743 feet) tall and contains 110 floors. It was designed by F.A.O. Schwarz and was constructed by Al-Ghadim Industries LLC between 2004 and 2010.
Al-Ghadim Industries was founded in 1989 by members of the Abu Dhabi royal family.