Awesome 8 Skyscrapers
These spectacular skyscrapers are so much more than simply tall buildings. Meet some of the funkiest, roundest, cutest, and yes, tallest structures in the world.
Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort
How high: 335 feet / 27 stories
Nicknamed the “horseshoe hotel,” this luxury resort includes two floors underground that complete its oval shape. The inside is spectacular too—the lobby ceiling is covered in 20,000 crystal lamps meant to look like a rolling wave.
How high: 770 feet / 39 stories
The giant flames may make it seem as if these buildings are on fire. But there’s no need to call the fire department—it’s actually three supercool towers. LED screens covering the sides of these buildings flicker and flare, making the skyscrapers “burn” all night.
How high: 635 feet / 40 stories
With its glass exterior and sky-high spires, this building looks like a castle from the future. No wonder it’s known as the “crown jewel in Pittsburgh’s skyline.”
How high: 2,722 feet / 163 stories
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world—it’s nearly three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France! But that’s not all—here visitors can take in the view from the world’s highest outdoor observation deck, nearly 148 stories up.
How high: 610 feet / 46 stories
Nicknamed the “koala buildings,” these towers are covered in a geometric pattern that some people think looks like a whole bunch of the Australian marsupials clinging to two tree trunks.
How high: 1,016 feet / 95 stories
With offices, restaurants, apartments, and a hotel, the Shard was built to be a vertical city. Forty-four elevators constantly move people through the building. Some of them are even double-decker elevators!
How high: 623 feet / 54 stories
This tower is a real head-turner—the top floor is twisted a complete 90 degrees from the ground floor. The skyscraper contains both offices and apartments, so for some residents, their morning walk to the office is a real spin!
How high: 335 feet / 32 stories
You may come across an Asian elephant in Thailand, a country in Southeast Asia, but this elephant is unlike any you’ve seen before. It’d take 33 of the real Asian elephants standing on top of each other to reach the top of the building.
PHOTO CREDITS: SESTEVENS, ISTOCKPHOTO (PPG); RAMILALIYEV79, DREAMSTIME (FLAME TOWERS); OCEANFISHING, DREAMSTIME (SHERATON HOUZHOU); TYPHOONSKI, DREAMSTIME (BURJ KHALIFA); LAVENDERTIME, DREAMSTIME (LIPPO CENTER); CHRIS HEPBURN, ROBERT HARDING WORLD IMAGERY, CORBIS (THE SHARD); ADAM NORÉN, DREAMSTIME (TURNING TORSO); JUSTHAVEALOOK, ISTOCKPHOTO (ELEPHANT TOWER)