Skyscraper Day 2022: Every year, 3rd September is celebrated as Skyscraper Day 2022. Across the world, skyscrapers have defined people’s vivid imagination and creativity. A skyscraper is a tall habitable building with several floors. These tall buildings are about 100 meters or 150 meters high.
Skyscraper Day 2021: Date and History
Skyscrapers Day is celebrated every year on 3 September to mark the birth anniversary of Louis H. Sullivan, often referred to as the ‘Father of Modern Skyscrapers’. The name was coined in the 1880s for the tall buildings in the United States.
Sullivian is known as the ‘father of modern skyscrapers’ because he was the main architect behind the Wainwright Building, the Bayard-Condict Building, the Krause Music Store and other famous buildings.
According to guinnessworldrecords.com , the world’s first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885. It is a 10-storey building, whose peak is 138 feet. It was called ‘Ghar Bima Bhawan’.
Here is a list of the top five tallest buildings in the world right now:
Burj Khalifa, situated at a height of 2717 feet, is the tallest building in the world. Originally, the skyscraper was named Burj Dubai. However, the developers scrapped mid-project and were assisted by the ruler of Abu Dhabi, resulting in a name change to honor the king. The building includes office space, retail space, residential quarters and the Armani Hotel. The 163-storey Burj Khalifa was inaugurated in 2012.
Located in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, the tower is the second tallest, with a top 2073 feet above the ground and has 126 floors. It is one of the most sustainably upgraded tall buildings in the world. The entire building is divided into nine distinct zones, each assigned to leisure, retail and office use.
Mecca Royal Clock Tower
Neighboring with the world’s largest mosque, the Great Mosque of Mecca – the Mecca Royal Clock Tower – is the third tallest building in the world. The tower is built in a complex of seven skyscrapers owned by the Abraj al-Bait government. The 120-story tower also houses a Fairmont Hotel where millions of pilgrims visiting Mecca each year can stay. As well as being the third tallest building, the tower is also the most expensive building in the world, with a construction cost of $15 billion.
Ping An Finance Center
Another tower located in Shanghai, standing neck-to-neck with the Shanghai Tower, is the Ping An Finance Center. With 115 floors and a height of 1965 feet, Ping An Center secured the fourth position on the list. Initially, the builders decided to add an antenna 200 feet above the center in order to surpass the Shanghai Tower; However, due to fears of obstruction in the flight path, the plan was abandoned.
Lotte World Tower
Located in Seoul, South Korea, the Lotte World Tower is the fifth tallest, with a height of 1821 feet, divided into 123 floors. The building offers exciting spaces within Korea’s best urban aquarium, classical music hall and Asia’s largest multiplex, as well as numerous retail and office spaces.