When the first skyscrapers were built in Chicago and New York in the 19th century, no one could have imagined how skyscrapers in cities around the world would change forever. Their success has been so great that many of these “towers” have become major attractions, especially if there is an observation deck. This is noticeable on Instagram.
Last week, Skyscraper Day was celebrated. Saudi Arabia is working on an almost absurd building plan that would put even the pyramids in Egypt in the shadows. and so on. Musement, the global activity booking platform, has compiled a ranking of the world’s most Instagrammed skyscrapers. The focus was on the 100 tallest skyscrapers in the world. The number of mentions on Instagram were added together and the two most popular hashtags for each building were analyzed. Results? A list of ten architectural icons that will delight lovers of heights.
Famous skyscrapers from Instagram photographers
1 – Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
With over 6 million mentions on Instagram, the Burj Khalifa is the absolute “winner”. In addition, the building with a height of 828 meters still holds the record for the tallest building in the world. After a multimedia presentation on the intriguing details of the construction, visitors can ride the high-speed elevators to At the Top on the 124th and 125th floors or to the At the Top Sky on the 148th floor. There you can marvel, at 555 meters above sea level, In an unparalleled view of the desert and the Persian Gulf. To round out a visit, nothing beats a tea or cocktail in The Lounge, on floors 152, 153 and 154.
2- Empire State Building (New York)
Over 4,200,000 posts: The Big Apple icon was the first 100-story building in the United States. Between 1931 and 1972 it was also the tallest skyscraper in the world. The Empire State Building was built in 410 days, a record number that attracts more than 4 million visitors each year. Today it is open 365 days a year, and the 360-degree view of the city from the two vantage points on the 86th and 102nd floors is impressive both day and night.
3- Taipei 101 (Taiwan)
More than 816,000 messages. This building, in the capital of Taiwan, is reminiscent of a stem of blue glass bamboo; Symbol of eternal power in oriental culture. This innovative building has the world’s largest wind damper and anti-seismic system consisting of a steel ball weighing 660 tons. Taipei 101 is known not only for its elegant design and advanced technology, but also for its observation decks. It can be found indoors and outdoors on the 88th, 89th, and 91st floors. For an unforgettable experience, there is a restaurant serving Taiwanese cuisine on the 86th floor, which is the perfect place to take in the night view.
4 – One World Trade Center (New York)
Also known as Freedom Tower, it is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, with 797,000 columns. It is part of the World Trade Center, the new complex that was built after the tragic 9-11 attacks. Its height is 547 meters (1,776 feet) and is a reference to the year the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. Visitors can take the Skypod elevators to the viewing platform between floors 100 and 102 in just 47 seconds. Once you get there, there are not only great views, but also interactive exhibits that delve into the history of the building and New York.
5 – Willis Tower (Chicago)
More than 561,000 messages. The Willis Tower, in the heart of Chicago, was the world’s tallest building for 25 years after its completion in 1973. The huge success on social media is due in large part to the 103rd floor Skydeck, which attracts more than 1.7 million visitors annually. As if that weren’t enough, opened in 2009, The Ledge is a glazed terrace that offers a unique view of the Windy City from more than 400 meters above ground. On a clear day, it is possible to see up to four different states: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
The second half of the 10 most famous skyscrapers
6 – Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur)
More than 221,000 publications have these two famous twin towers, one of the most famous symbols of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Architect Cesar Pelli combined traditional Islamic artistic motifs with the most innovative technology. The two towers are 170 meters high and are linked by a 58.4-meter Sky Bridge. The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly the viewpoint on the 86th floor, from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the city from 370 meters above ground. Here you can also learn about the history of the constellations through digital displays and exhibitions.
7. Lotte World Tower (Seoul)
More than 110,000 messages. Located in the capital of South Korea, this skyscraper is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings. The modern aesthetic is inspired by porcelain and Korean calligraphy. Inside, it houses residences, offices, a seven-star hotel, an aquarium, and much more. Seoul Sky is one of the most popular attractions of the Lotte World Tower, which at 478 meters is the highest glass-floored observation deck in the world (so far).
8 Shanghai Tower (Shanghai)
This 632-meter-high building in Pudong District is the tallest in China and contains 104,000 jobs. The glass facade that gradually rotates is an Instagram hit. Another strong point is undoubtedly the Top of Shanghai Observatory, the stunning viewing site on the 118th floor, with a 360-degree view. Moreover, it is an experience in itself to take one of the fastest elevators in the world to such a high point.
9. 30 Hudson Yards (New York)
The popularity of this building at No. 30 Hudson Yards, west of downtown Manhattan, is largely due to The Edge, the stunning viewing venue that opened in March 2020. It’s the highest outdoor terrace in the Western Hemisphere, contains more than 74,000 messages and hangs 335 meters above sea level. From here, visitors can enjoy some of the Big Apple’s most famous attractions, including Central Park and the Statue of Liberty. The brave will love seeing the city at their feet by walking through the glass section of the observation deck.
10 – One Vanderbilt (New York)
Although it only opened two years ago, One Vanderbilt already has a deserved spot in the top ten and 59,000 jobs. With a height of 427 meters, it is one of the newest skyscrapers in the New York skyline. The views from floors 91 to 93 have become one of the city’s most popular attractions. In addition to the scenic view, the combination of art and technology explains its success. Those who are not afraid of heights can live a unique experience in one of the two clear glass cubes, 325 meters above Madison Avenue, and enjoy an immersive adventure designed by Kenzo Digital.
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