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The Amazing Tricks Used to Build Skyscrapers

Burj Khalifa – 2,717 ft (828 m) Dubai, UAE

No surprises here. The Burj, completed in 2010, is number one by a long way. The 163 floor high mega structure is a spectacle that draws millions of tourists that gasp in awe of it’s presence.

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa
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Designer’s Tricks To Gain That Extra Foot

It’s no secret that building designers will pull out all the stops to ensure that their building will be recognized as one of the tallest in the world. They’re also very secretive about just how high it will be to throw off other designers in the process. By adding spires and other height enhancing ornamental features, buildings can gain those extra critical feet to make their way up the tallest list.

Vanity Space

This is a phenomenon that explains the empty or dead space created at the top of skyscrapers. This is space where there is no offices or actual rooms that are serving any purpose (except to add height). The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, has an 800 foot spire that makes up about 30 percent of it’s height. Some buildings, like the Ukrania Hotel in Moscow, have 42 percent vanity space.

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