The Top 7 Construction Wonders of the World

There are the 7 natural wonders of the world and the 7 man-made wonders of the world, so we thought we’d present you with the top 7 construction wonders of the world:

1. Hotel & Casino Grand Lisboa, Macaumacau

Height: 261 meters
Cost to Build: £230 million
Completion Date: 2008

This building in the People’s Republic of China was designed by Hong Kong architects Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man. The building is supposedly based on crystals, fireworks and Brazilian headdresses as these are symbols of prosperity. We think it looks more like a pineapple!

2. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwantaiwan

Height: 508 meters
Cost to Build: £1.07 billion
Completion Date: 2004

Another Chinese masterpiece, the Taipei 101 is meant to resemble a growing bamboo stalk. Bamboo is a symbol of everlasting strength in Chinese culture. Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest building until the 2010 opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

3. The Shard, Londonshard

Height: 310 metres
Cost to Build: £400 million
Completion Date: 2012

The architect of the Shard is Renzo Piano and his first design of the building was sketched on the back of a restaurant menu in Berlin, in 2000.

4. Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpurmalaysia

Height: 452 metres
Cost to Build: £1 billion
Completion Date: 1996

One of the most detailed constructions on this list, Petronas Twin Towers has now become a tourist attraction. Both structures have a diamond-faceted façade made of stainless steel which shines in the Malaysian sun.

5. China Central Television Headquarters, Beijingbeijing

Height: 234 metres
Cost to Build: £360 million
Completion Date: 2012

The CCTV headquarters were constructed using 6 horizontal and vertical sections looped together to create a grid-like appearance. It is known by locals as ‘big pants’ thanks to its unusual shape.

6. Shanghai World Financial Centre, Shanghaishanghai

Height: 492 metres
Cost to Build: £720 million
Completion Date: 2008

We think this building looks like a bottle opener, do you agree? The gap at the top is designed to reduce the stress of wind pressure on the building. It was originally circular but there were protests as many felt it was too similar to the Japanese flag.

7. Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korean.korea

Height: 330 metres
Cost to Build: £450 million
Completion Date: Still under construction

Construction began in 1987 but it was halted in 1992 due to money woes as a result of the fall of the Soviet Union. Building resumed in 2008 and the exterior was finished in 2012, however the hotel is still not open to the public due to an unfinished interior.

Ryugyong Hotel is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest unoccupied building; if completed, it would be the 18th tallest building and the tallest hotel in the world.

(images: Tim Wang, Wikimedia, Wikimedia, Wikipedia, Wikimedia, Kenneth Moore and Wikipedia)

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