What You Can See From the Tallest Observation Decks On EarthIt's only been a few years since humans could climb more than half a mile above the surface of the Earth without the help of jet fuel. It's easy to forget that buildings that reach this high into the atmosphere are a new phenomenon in our world—at these heights, it's more like aerospace engineering than architecture.

Lead image: Bill Richards/CC

After looking at the newest crop of supertall (over 300 meter) buildings yesterday, I noticed that while photos of the buildings themselves are all over the place, we rarely see the view from the top—images shot from their observation decks. I dug through Flickr's Creative Commons archives and realized there are plenty floating around out there, and they're breathtaking.

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Feel free to drop your own in the comments, or check out even more bird's-eye-view shots from towers here.


Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, 1,614 Feet

Manu Cornet/CC; Gabriel Jorby/CC; Kenneth Moore/CC

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International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong, 1,588 Feet

JohnLSL/CC; BlueSkySunHigh/CC; Barbara Willi/CC


Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 2,717 Feet

AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili; Darla دارلا Hueske/CC; Reinhold Behringer/CC


Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Mecca, 1,971 Feet

Lou Kofiah/CC


One World Trade Center, New York, 1,776 Feet

AP/Seth Wenig; third photo via AP/Richard Drew


101 Taipei, Taipei, 1,670 Feet

First two photos by Gary0801/CC; Second photo by Gérard Métrailler/CC