Skyscraper Interesting Facts and Information

  • Skyscraper comes from a nautical term which referred to a small triangular sail placed above the skysail on a sailing ship.
  • Empire State Building is a skyscraper that was the longest holder of the "world’s tallest building" title.
  • Home Insurance Building in Chicago , United States is considered the first skyscraper. It was built in 1884.
  • Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world. Its height is 829.8 m. It also has world's highest nightclub, world's highest restaurant, world's longest travel distance elevators: 504m, and is the world’s building with most floors: 163.
Picture Of New York Empire State Building
  • Taipei 101 is the tallest and largest green building in the world which means that it is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. It was also is the first building in the world to break the half-kilometer mark in height.
  • On May 25, 1981, Dan Goodwin climbed Sears Tower, wearing a homemade Spider-Man suit while using suction cups, and sky hooks. Goodwin said that the reason he made the climb was to call attention to shortcomings in high-rise rescue and firefighting techniques. On August 1999, French urban climber Alain "Spiderman" Robert did the same using only his bare hands and feet.
  • Dubai , United Arab Emirates is today the city with the most skyscrapers.
  • Empire State Building was built in 410 days.
  • Empire State Building's distinctive Art Deco spire was originally designed to be a mooring mast and depot for dirigibles. After a few attempts with airships idea proved too dangerous.
  • Original design for the Chrysler Building called for a decorative jewel-like glass crown.
  • Petronas Towers are built on the world's deepest foundations (114 meters deep).
  • No workers died during the construction of the Chrysler Building.
  • Moscow is a European city with the most skyscrapers.
  • During the construction of the Chrysler Building, workers built 4 floors per week.
  • The Empire State Building was the first building in the world to have more than 100 floors. It has 102 floors.
  • Taipei 101 has fastest ascending speed of its elevators: 60.6 km/h. Burj Khalifa is on the third place with “only” 36 km/h.
  • Intempo skyscraper in Benidorm, Spain has 47 floors and no elevator.
Picture Of Skyscraper Finance Centre In Hong Kong
  • The first commercial passenger elevator was installed by the Otis Elevator Company in 1857 in New York City. It marked beginning of the skyscrapers.
  • The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are the world’s tallest twin buildings with height of 452 meters.
  • From the top of Sears Tower in Chicago, if the day is clear, one can see four states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.
  • Currently, there are 9 completed buildings around the world with over 100 floors.
  • There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.
  • The World Trade Center twin towers in New York City were assigned two zip codes, 10047 and 10048, one for each building.
  • The Empire State Building also has its own zip code to accommodate its 1,000 businesses and 21,000 employees. It is 10118.
Picture Of Skyline Of New York City And Manhattan
Picture Of Skyscraper Melbourne Central Tower