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Sometimes Bigger is Better: The World's Biggest Structures

February 10, 2017

 

These structures tower over the rest! Learn about some of the tallest, biggest, and longest structures around the world.

 

The World’s Tallest Skyscraper: Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

This skyscraper was built in 2010 and has broken several structural height records. The building reaches to over 2,700 feet at the very tip. The structure consists of apartments, restaurants, swimming pools, and boasts an astounding 58 elevators. The design of the structure uses several techniques to make it sturdy and secure as it towers above. While this building is currently the tallest, it will be surpassed by The Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia which is projected to be completed in 2019.

 

The World’s Longest Bridge: Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge in East China

 

The bridge is over 100 miles and would take over one and half hours to cross the bridge by car. The bridge is used by the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway and runs parallel to the Yangtze River. The structure opened in 2011 after four years of construction and $8.5 billion dollars.

 

The World’s Largest Building: New Century Global Center in Chengdu, China

 

The New Center Global Center may not be the tallest, but it does have a floor space of around 18,900,000 sq ft. The building is multi-purpose and has a variety of things to do such as a waterpark, IMAX theater, hotels, conference areas, and more. The building faced some controversy during its opening in 2013 but is host to many visitors each day.

 

The Tallest Building in the United States: One World Trade Center in NYC, United States

 

Built as a tribute the fallen world trade center towers from September 11, 2001, the One World Trade Center was built on a corner of the area where they once stood. The building ranks as the 6th tallest in the world at 1,776 feet in tribute to the founding year of the country. The tower is primarily used for office space.

 

The World’s Tallest Bridge: Millau Viaduct in Southern France

 

Built from steel and suspended cables, the bridge’s spires reach towards the sky at 1,125 feet. It opened to car traffic in December of 2004 and is noted for its unique engineering and ingenuity.

 

The race to build the tallest buildings has been a trend in recent years. Architects and designers continue to reach beyond what has been done and create a new, record-breaking structure that is not only known for it’ size, but it’s creativity and style as well.

 

Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_and_structures

  • https://weather.com/science/news/photos-worlds-longest-tallest-biggest-structures

  • http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/design/g1705/21-tallest-buildings-in-the-world/

  • http://www.atlasandboots.com/biggest-buildings-in-the-world/

  • http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2086522_2086523,00.html

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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