The Making of the Best Skylines in the World

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One Vanderbilt Avenue, New York. Source:

Whether you’re gazing at Manhattan, Hong Kong, or downtown L.A., there’s something dazzling about skylines. Maybe it’s a primitive response, like the awe we experience at viewing the Rockies, or Mt. Rainier, or Mt. Fuji. Maybe it’s simply wonder at the range of human invention, at our continued efforts to defy gravity and reach into space.

Whatever the reason, I am always intrigued by new additions to the world’s most skyscraping structures. The “world’s tallest building” label is currently held by the 163-floor Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.  I stayed last year on my trip to Dubai and adored the Armani Hotel. Since its completion in 2010, the title has numerous contenders now under construction.

If you can set aside your acrophobia for a few minutes, have a look at the recent CNN post on The World’s Tallest Buildings, which includes the supertall (984+ feet) and the megatall (1,969 feet).

The Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Source:

The Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Source:



The Tower, Dubai. Source:


Sky Mile Tower, Tokyo, Japan. Source:


1 Undershaft, London, UK. Source:


432 Park Avenue, New York. Source:


Mecca Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Source:


One World Trade Center, New York. Source: