'Tokyo Sky Tree' to be Second-Tallest Building in the World

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There's a new super-skyscraper going up, and for once it's not in Dubai. The new Tokyo Sky Tree will stand a whopping 2000 feet (610 meters) over Tokyo, making it by far the tallest building in Japan and perhaps the second tallest building in the world.

It'll be a bit short, however, of the tallest tower in the world, despite some news sources calling it that, with the Burj Dubai already at 2,087 feet and expected to grow to an insane total of over 2,600 feet. But still, 2000 feet is nothing to scoff at, putting it higher than the CN Tower, the Taipei 101 and the Sears Tower.

The top of the tower will feature a restaurant and the requisite broadcast antennae, but it's not known what'll be in the rest of the building. The cost is expected to be around 60 billion yen, or $555 million, and it should be completed in 2011. [Mainichi via Japanite]

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eh, the japanese always cheat at this stuff. at least a quarter of the building above the last habitable portion is an architectural spire. don't get me wrong, looks good. but it's just not the same as building a 2000 foot building that allows you to stand on the 150th floor.

speaking of a 2000 foot tower with 150 floors, don't forget about the chicago spire, which (gee whiz, it's like i planned it this way) will have 150 stories stretching 2000 feet into the air. no weak-ass architectural doodad at the top to boost the height. it'll also be the tallest freestanding structure in north america and the tallest all-residential building in north america. and it will look like a dildo. seriously, it doesn't get much more phallic than this: [upload.wikimedia.org]