Ostensibly, the Eiffel Tower seems like a decent structure to climb. There are so many exposed parts that you could hold on to and so many paths to climb up that there’s no real wrong move. But then you realize, as you watch James Kingston scale the tower, that it’s actually a terrifying climb because every piece is… »
A crop of new skyscrapers are coming due over the next five years–and with them, nine new observation decks that will be taller than any others ever built. »
Palms sweaty. Arms losing power. Joints seem to be disappearing. I feel nervous and sick and stressed out and I’m just watching this video. I can’t even imagine what I’d begin to feel like if I was actually the guys climbing the spires of the 1,094 foot tall Shimao International Plaza skyscraper in Japan. Actually I… »
Skyscrapers have been around for 130 years, and during that time they’ve been built one way: With investments from a few very, very wealthy investors. »
When the recession hit the US eight years ago, the construction industry ground to a halt—and with it, the suppliers of building materials like glass. Now, boom-time architects and developers have a problem: There isn’t enough glass to go around.
Here’s the latest update for the new tallest-building contender in the US: Nordstrom Tower, the superskinny supertall under construction in Midtown Manhattan, apparently no longer aspires to have the tallest spire in the US. But it just increased its roof height, meaning it will now tower above the current-tallest… »
Before Donald Trump signed his name to today’s Republican party pledge, he put his name on buildings. Lots of buildings. Sure, presidential candidates have owned real estate before. But no other candidate has been such an ostentatious developer of a real estate empire, with so many gilded phallic structures built in… »
Mass dampers are designed to counteract the swaying of a skyscraper as it’s buffeted by strong winds or earthquakes. But it’s incredibly rare to see one of these huge devices moving more an a few inches. Unless, of course, there’s a typhoon nearby. »
Can the world’s tallest building be built in 90 days? It’s been two years since we asked that question, and as a report from a local Chinese paper illustrates today, the answer is an unequivocal no—at least not when the government thinks the plan is dangerous. »
Just when you thought the world had hit peak Beyoncé, the hippest city in Australia is going to build a massive skyscraper inspired by… Beyoncé. This is not a joke. The city of Melbourne has given planning approval for the construction of a curvy 68-story tower in its central business district. It even moves. »
The world of record-breaking real estate is full of strange logic and magical thinking. Now, the city that built the world’s tallest building has commissioned the architects behind it to design a new skyscraper that will claim the title of the tallest commercial building in the world. It’s called the Burj 2020. »
Last time we checked in with the Nordstrom Tower, a superskinny supertall going up in Midtown Manhattan, a sneaky spire had been added to make it a hair taller than the US’s tallest spire at the World Trade Center. Now, new documents show another stealth move: The actual roof height will be taller than previously… »
Most “best-of” lists for buildings focus on superlatives: tallest, prettiest, most expensive. For the past 50 days, The Guardian has taken a slightly different approach by compiling a stellar lineup of 50 great buildings in 50 different cities. The series serves as both a crash course in architectural history and… »
The World Trade Center’s 107th floor observation deck opened last week with some pretty stunning views of New York City. But does it really provide the best viewing experience among the clouds? The Skyscraper Museum took a global survey of the best observatories and ranked the best views from the top.
The night Hurricane Alicia struck Houston in the summer of 1983, shattering high-rise windows downtown and stacking sailboats in the marina, there were two engineers waiting on the top floor of the Allied Bank Plaza. The 71-story emerald glass tower—since renamed, and renamed again—had just opened that year. In… »
It has been a month of supertall news to top them all, with the World Trade Center’s record-breaking 1,776-foot height possibly getting scooped by a surprise spire in Midtown Manhattan. Now a new rendering from Visualhouse posted at New York Yimby gives an idea of how dramatically the New York City skyline will change… »