Top 10 Sky­scrapers Facts

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Which company built Burj Khalifa in Dubai?

Samsung (Korea). Samsung C&T Cor­po­ra­tion (Con­struc­tion and Trade), es­tab­lished in 1938, is the origin of Samsung Group. Samsung C&T was the primary con­trac­tor of 3 worlds tallest skyscrap­er­s: Burj Khalifa, Petronas Twin Towers and Taipei 101.
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When is the Eiffel Tower the highest?

Ju­ly-Au­gust. The tower stands 320 meters (1,050 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-­s­torey build­ing. Because of thermal ex­pan­sion, the height varies by 15 cm (5.9 in) due to tem­per­a­ture.
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How is this ar­chi­tec­tural style called?

Chicago school. The dis­tin­guish­ing features of the Chicago School are the use of steel-frame build­ings with masonry cladding, large plate-­glass window areas and limiting the amount of exterior or­na­men­ta­tion. Many Chicago School sky­scrapers contain the three parts of a clas­si­cal column.
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What was special about the con­struc­tion of the Empire State Build­ing?

It was built quickly and under budget. The Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days to build, or 7 million man-hours. To this day, this is a record for a sky­scraper of its height. Due to reduced costs during the De­pres­sion, the final costs totaled only $24.7 million instead of the es­ti­mat­ed $43 million.
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Which sky­scraper was the longest holder of the "World’s Tallest Build­ing" title?

Empire State Building held the title for 42 years since 1931. It was sur­passed by the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 1972. An ear­ly-1970s proposal to dis­man­tle the spire and replace it with an ad­di­tion­al 11 floors, which would have made it once again the world's tallest at the time, was con­sid­ered but ul­ti­mate­ly re­ject­ed.
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How many stars does this hotel have, ac­cord­ing to popular de­scrip­tion­s?

7. As no tra­di­tion­al or­ga­ni­za­tion or formal body awards or rec­og­nizes any rating over five-s­tar deluxe, such claims are mean­ing­less and pre­dom­i­nant­ly used for ad­ver­tis­ing pur­pos­es. The Burj Al Arab hotel says the label orig­i­nates from jour­nal­ists and that they neither en­cour­age its use nor do they use it in their ad­ver­tis­ing.
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This is well known Transamer­i­ca Pyramid in San Fran­cis­co. But what is Transamer­i­ca?

In­sur­ance company. Although the tower no longer serves as the Transamer­i­ca Cor­po­ra­tion head­quar­ter­s, it is still strongly as­so­ci­at­ed with the company and is depicted in the com­pa­ny's logo. In 1999, Transamer­i­ca was acquired by Dutch in­sur­ance company Aegon. When the non-in­sur­ance op­er­a­tions of Transamer­i­ca were later sold to GE Capital, Aegon retained the building as an in­vest­ment
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What is the world's second tallest struc­ture? (after Burj Khalifa in Dubai)

Tokyo Skytree (pic­tured) reached its full height of 634.0 meters (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, dis­plac­ing the Canton Tower, and the second tallest struc­ture in the world.
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Which European city has the largest number of skyscrap­er­s?

Moscow. In 2012, seven of the fifteen tallest sky­scrapers in Europe were located in Moscow. There are also several high­-rise build­ings under con­struc­tion there.
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Shibam, the 16th-­cen­tu­ry city in Yemen, con­sist­ed entirely of over 500 high­-rise tower houses. Why were the houses built that way?

For defense. The houses of Shibam are all made out of mud brick and rise 5 to 11 stories high, with each floor having one or two rooms. This ar­chi­tec­tural style was used in order to protect res­i­dents from Bedouin attacks. Shibam is listed as UNSECO World Heritage Site.
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