Top 10 Sky­scrapers Facts

Buildings quiz
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.
Arabia facts »
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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