Today marks Skyscraper Day. How exciting is it to go to the top of a skyscraper and observe the city you’re visiting? Architects have spent years reaching for the stars with their constructions, and the observation decks in these buildings provide breathtaking views. Here are our favourite skyscrapers you might want to visit.
1. Burj Khalifa
No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to the Burj Khalifa. At a mighty 1823 feet, it’s observation deck is the world’s highest outdoor observatory. Another of the six world records that this building holds includes being the tallest free-standing structure. The design of Burj Khalifa incorporates elements of Islamic architecture. Here’s how you can see it for free.
2. Eureka Tower, Melbourne
Australia’s tallest residential tower has 556 apartments, and the Skydeck 88 is the highest vantage point in the Southern hemisphere. They’ve also added The Edge, a glass cube hanging off the famous observation deck. It looks opaque until guests walk out onto the floor and it becomes clear.
3. Empire State Building, New York
Once the tallest building, the Empire State Building continues to be one of the world’s most famous attractions. The iconic building has been climbed by King Kong, celebrated by Jay Z, and has served as an American symbol since 1931. I was fortunate enough to visit this year – find out more about my time in New York.
4. Eiffel Tower, Paris
The Eiffel Tower has seven million visits every year, being the most visited monument that you have to pay for in the world as well as the most Instagrammed place. It was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The structure features two restaurants, a champagne bar, and the famous 905-foot observation deck.
5. Space Needle Tower, Seattle
Back in 1959, Edward E. Carlson sketched out an image on a napkin of what would be the Space Needle. It eventually resembled a flying saucer to fit with the 21st century theme for 1962’s World’s Fair. The tower isn’t used for broadcasting, but has become an iconic piece of Seattle’s skyline.
6. Sky Tower, Auckland
New Zealand’s Sky Tower is a telecommunications and observations tower, and is a standout in the Auckland skyline. The building is home to a theatre, two hotels, and over 20 bars and restaurants. From the SkyDeck you can take in the panoramic views up to 50 miles out, or watch daredevils jump a 630-foot drop from SkyJump!
7. The Shard, London
An 87-storey skyscraper in our capital definitely stands out between the historic monuments including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Palace. It has the highest observatory deck in London, showing an incredible panorama of the city.
8. Marina One, Singapore
Abundant planting spills from the edges of the wooden walkways, forming an oasis at the centre of the 223 metre development. It joins with a topical park called Gardens by the Bay on the edge of Singapore’s Marina Bay.
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