KK 100

Location: Shenzhen, China
Year of Construction: 2011
Architects: TFP Farrells

Commonly known as the Kingkey 100 and the Kingkey Finance Center Plaza, the KK100 is the most prominent structure in Shenzhen's financial district. The building offers an observation deck near the top floor, as well as a St. Regis Hotel occupying floors 75 through 98.


Petronas Towers

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Year of Construction: 1996
Architects: Cesar Pelli

Standing as the tallest twin skyscrapers in the world, the Petronas Towers were designed to be a 21st-century icon for Kuala Lumpur. The buildings are 88 floors in height, and boast a steel and glass facade that reflects motifs found in Islamic art.

Taipei 101

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Year of Construction: 2004
Architects: CY Lee & Partners

Formally known as Taipei World Financial Center, the Taipei 101 was, at one time, the tallest building in the world. The building's reflects the evolution of Asian design and technology, and it features both indoor and outdoor observation decks.

International Commerce Center

Location: Hong Kong
Year of Construction: 2010
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Hong Kong's International Commerce Center offers sweeping views its surroundings, as it is the tallest building in all of Hong Kong. In addition to an incredible observation deck, the structure is home to a Ritz Carlton, and world's highest swimming pool bar.

Willis Tower

Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Year of Construction: 1973
Architects: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Fazlur Rahman Khan, Bruce Graham

Renowned as the tallest building in the world for 25 years, the former Sears Tower is 108 stories high, and hosts over a million annual visitors from around the world.


The Shard

Location: London, UK
Year of Construction: 2012
Architects: Renzo Piano

Standing as the tallest building in the European Union, The Shard is a glass-pyramidal tower, boasting 72 floors. At the top of the structure is a viewing deck that overlooks the city of London at 244.3 meters.
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