The world around us is changing rapidly every day. Technological devices are getting smaller, transport is getting faster and our buildings are getting taller and higher. With rapidly growing populations, architects constantly face new challenges to use what little space that remains.
We’ve selected an exciting list that includes 10 of the most extravagant constructions that make the view of the urban landscape one of the most surprising.
1) Marina Bay Sands – Singapore, Singapore
When it comes to extravagance, the city-state of Singapore is definitely the one leading the way. Although it is small, it is known for its splendid cuisine and its wonderful architecture. It is no wonder that Singapore is home to the current most expensive building in the world. The viewpoint of the Marina Bay Sands in Pispo 57 offers a wonderful view of the port and gives its visitors a stunning pool 200 meters above the ground. The cost of the three towers of this complicated hotel is six billion dollars.
2) One World Trade Center or Freedom Tower – New York, United States
When it comes to the most extravagant buildings in the world, the next on the list is in the United States. The recently rebuilt One World Trade Center, which is colloquially called Torre de la Libertas, cost around 3.8 billion dollars to build and has an incredible height of 546 meters. Inside are 104 floors and 71 elevators, adding a new view to the cityscape of lower Manhattan. It is currently the tallest building in New York and the Western Hemisphere, with an inspiring view for everyone who passes by.
3) The Bank of China Tower – Hong Kong, China
This construction, completed in 1990, is the fourteenth tallest building in Asia and the twenty-fourth in the world. The Bank of China Tower cost 2.09 billion dollars and it is one of the most expensive buildings to have been built. This majestic skyscraper rises above the roofs of Hong Kong and dominates the narrow view of Hong Kong.
4) Wembley Stadium – London, United Kingdom
The following is the Wembley Stadium, which reopened in 2007, after the previous stadium was demolished in 2003. It is the second largest stadium in Europe and has seating for 90,000 fans. The total cost of the reconstruction was $1.84 trillion, making it one of the most expensive buildings in the world. While its main use is to host sporting events, the Wembley Stadium has also served as a stage for artists like Madonna and U2.
5) City of Arts – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The most expensive building in Latin America is located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, and serves as a cultural center and concert hall. The City of the Arts opened its doors in 2013 and its construction cost approximately $283.3 million. It is the second longest of its kind in South America and is by itself one of the most exceptional concert halls in the world.
6) Burj al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Located on an artificial island, the Burj al Arab is one of the highest hotels in the world. Designed by architect Tom Wroght, this extravagant hotel takes the shape of an Arabian ship and offers a panoramic view of Dubai. Considered the first seven-star hotel in the world, luxury permeates every inch of this wonderful building, which can boast its own yacht pier, helicopter pad and aquarium.
7) Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel – Tripoli, Libya
The Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel in the heart of Tripoli is a five-star hotel that is also the most expensive building on the African continent. The skyscraper opened its doors in 2003 and cost a total of $135 million. The two towers define the urban landscape of the cosmopolitan city of Tripoli in North Africa and invite its visitors to spend a couple of extravagant nights of luxury.
8) Hilton Hotel Durban – Durban, South Africa
The second most expensive building in Africa is the Hilton Hotel in Durban. Located near the international center in Durban, South Africa, this five-star hotel offers its guests the most luxury and surprising & inspiring views. The construction of this hotel cost $61 million and it was positioned as an important point of interest for the city. The Hilton attracts travelers from all over the world and prides itself on its excellent service.
9) Taipei 101 – Taipei, Taiwan
While not the most expensive building in the city, Taipei 101 in Taiwan can consider itself extravagant. Officially known as the Taipei World Financial Center, this 509 meter skyscraper was the tallest building in the world until 2004, when it was ousted by a new construction in Dubai. The structure houses 106 floors, including five underground, being one of the most wonderful towers in the world.
10) Gran Torre Santiago – Santiago, Chile
The tallest building in Latin America is located in Santiago, Chile, and is known as the Great Santiago Tower. With an impressive height of 300 meters, it can hold 40,000 people;it has a five-story shopping center, two towers of 41 levels of offices. The building opened in 2014, making it the youngest of the list.