AS a race, we’ve been perfecting out design and construction of buildings for countless centuries, and we’ve entered into an era where we’re able to create massive skyscrapers that aren’t just capable of holding thousands of people at any given time, but can also withstand a variety of disasters that would otherwise topple any other kind of buildings. These are architectural marvels that prove that functionality and form can work well together, giving the world a unique designs that can hold strong against whatever is thrown at it.
The One World Trade Centre
Found on the location where the original Twin Trade Towers fell during the attack in 2001, the One World Trade Center was designed and built to replace what the city had lost. The building is large and sleek, and it’s the tallest building in the western hemisphere, while being the sixth tallest in the world. David Childs is the mastermind behind the design, who is also famed for creating the renown Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. This new trade centre is built to stand its ground against high winds, extreme weather, as well as any ground or air-based attacks.
This headquarters is a truly unique skyscrapers that’s easy to spot while travelling through the streets of Beijing, China’s most prominent city. Construction of the building was first started in 2004, and it wouldn’t be finished until 2012. The building and surrounding area is owned by China Central Television, who provide the bulk of the media that the Chinese people receive. The building said to be able to withstand an earthquake with a magnitude as high as 8, which would turn most other structures into dust and rubble, and it would be fun to place your bets right now to see how long the building could go without breaking a window during an earthquake.
Shanghai Tower is over 600-meter-tall skyscraper that can be found in Pu dong in Shanghai. The building is currently the second tallest on the planet, with only the Burj Khalifa being taller. What set sit apart is the way the tower twists off as it rises, a design that was implemented to cut down on how much wind was being pummelled against the building. There have been some concerns raised on how tough Shanghai Tower really is, especially in high winds, but the tower has remained standing since 2015 and doesn’t look to be falling down any time soon.
Taipei 101 is a skyscraper in Taipei which was formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Centre. Construction began in 2004, and for a while it was the tallest building in the world before losing that title to the Burj Khalifa. The tower is considered a symbol of Taiwan by many and has acted as a beacon of their continued push for more modern technology. It’s capable of holding its own against both earthquakes and typhoons, both of which are fairly common in the area. It was also awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design in 2011 after it was opened to the public.