Top 5 Skyscraper Cities | The B1M

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Top 5 Skyscraper Cities | The B1M
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  • Skyscrapers are impressive engineering feats that are often the most visible buildings
  • in a city by virtue of their height.
  • From Chicago and New York – where they first appeared in the late nineteenth century – skyscrapers
  • have spread across the world, often going hand-in-hand with rapid development and growth in areas where
  • land is at a premium.
  • But while some cities have built the occasional tower, others have truly embraced building
  • tall. Here, we countdown the five cities with the most skyscrapers.
  • There are two heights commonly used to define the skyscrapers – 100 metres (or 328 feet)
  • and 150 metres (or 492 feet).
  • Given that the height of skyscrapers is continuing to rise, we have chosen the higher of the
  • two definitions to shape our list.
  • We kick off with the first of two cities in China, and a total of four in Asia, to have
  • made our list.
  • Like many Chinese cities, Shanghai has seen rapid development over the last 30 years.
  • Although the first tower over 150 metres – the Jin Jiang Hotel – was not built until 1988,
  • the city is now home to an incredible 141 skyscrapers.
  • This mass of high rises includes the Shanghai Tower, which at 632 metres is the second tallest
  • building in the world. With 11 further skyscrapers currently under construction expect to see
  • Shanghai continuing to climb this list.
  • With 145 skyscrapers, Tokyo just edges Shanghai and becomes the second Asian city to make
  • our countdown.
  • Another late starter, Japan’s Building Standard Law restricted the height of buildings to
  • a maximum of 31 meters (or 102 feet) until 1963. Shortly after this law was dismissed
  • in 1968, the first 36-storey modern office skyscraper,
  • was completed.
  • The building, the tallest in Asia at the time, ushered in a new wave of high rise construction
  • and skyscrapers have flourished in the city ever since.
  • In recent years no city has seen more of a construction boom than Dubai. The incredible
  • rate of development is clearly demonstrated by the fact the first skyscraper to be built
  • in the city was completed less than 20 years ago in 1999.
  • This building, the distinctive Burj Al Arab, paved the way for an unprecedented wave of
  • skyscraper construction in the emirate.
  • Since this date, the city has built an average of 10 skyscrapers a year including of course,
  • the Burj Khalifa, which at 828 metres (or 2,717 feet), is the world’s tallest building.
  • This spate of development has shot Dubai up our list to third place with a staggering
  • 176 skyscrapers. The city also looks set to improve its ranking in the near future, with
  • a further 44 towers currently under construction.
  • Taking second place is the sole North American representative, and the only city outside
  • of Asia to make our countdown.
  • With 10 towers to have held the title of “world’s tallest building” at some
  • point, New York is a city synonymous with the skyscraper.
  • Since the 187 metre (or 614 foot) Singer Building was completed in 1908, New York remained the
  • city with the most skyscrapers for around 100 years, before being overtaken in the 2000s.
  • New York is now home to 257 skyscrapers, the highest of which, is the 541 metre, 1776 foot
  • One World Trade Centre.
  • Topping our list, with 60 skyscrapers more than any other city, is Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong’s unique location – bounded by a harbour and steep mountains – puts
  • suitable land at a premium and creates a potent environment for the development of skyscrapers.
  • The building of Jardine House in 1973, the city’s first skyscraper, kicked off a trend
  • that has continued at pace to this day.
  • Construction peaked in 2003 when an astonishing 57 skyscrapers were completed in the city
  • in a single year.
  • This rapid spate of building in the early 2000s lead to Hong Kong overtaking New York
  • as the city with the most skyscrapers and today there are an incredible 317 structures
  • in the city.
  • To put these numbers in context its worth looking at the position of some other global cities...
  • …Chicago, home of the first skyscraper, is sixth on the global list with 119 structures...
  • …Melbourne leads the way in Australasia with 40 skyscrapers but ranks 26th globally…
  • …and with 17 skyscrapers London comes in 54th on the list.
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