6 Sensational Skyscrapers

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Overview

Skyscrapers can't be built in the usual way. Buildings that reach excessive heights are made almost completely of steel and concrete that together serve as the base to support walls. The world's biggest cities are likely home to a mega-tall building or two. Six across the globe are among a handful that rise into the rarefied air of worldwide fame.

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Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan

Standing 1,666 feet tall, the Taipei 101 building has 101 floors, 63 elevators and five floors below ground. The structure is made of composite and was competed in 2004.

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Shanghai World Financial Center, China

The Shanghai World Financial Center in China is made distinct by a big window on top. It stands 1,614 feet high and has 101 floors, with three floors below ground, and 31 elevators. Construction began n 1997 and was completed in 2008.

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Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

Both Petronas Towes in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, are 1,482 feet tall. Each building has 88 floors and 39 elevators, with five floors below ground. Both were under construction for six years and were completed in 1998.

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Willis Tower, Chicago

The Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, was under construction from 1970 to 1974. It continues to hold the distinction of being the tallest building in North America and Chicago. It is 1,450 feet high. It has 108 floors, 104 elevators and three floors below ground.

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