Soaring in the air. The most extraordinary skyscrapers of Asia
Journeys | 07.10.2020
Asian cities are famous for their skyscrapers: 9 of the 10 tallest buildings on the planet are located in this region. For Asia, skyscrapers are a way to announce economic growth to the world, cope with high population densities, and attract tourists and investments. And while everyone knows about the Dubai Burj Khalifa, many skyscrapers located in Asian countries are not so famous. Bridging the gap: today we will focus on the region's unusual high-rise buildings.
King Power MahaNakhon – Bangkok, Thailand
Height: 314 meters

Upon construction in 2016, King Power MahaNakhon quickly became one of the symbols of Bangkok. All thanks to its unique design – the skyscraper is known for its pixel structure. The functionality of the building is up to the mark: here are the first Ritz-Carlton residences in Thailand, the Orient Express hotel and a rooftop observation deck.
Bitexco Financial Tower – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Height: 262 meters

Bitexco Financial Tower with a unique helicopter deck reminiscent of a blooming lotus bud is the most recognizable skyscraper in Vietnam, albeit not the highest. The building was built in 2010 by the world famous Carlos Zapata. When creating the project, he tried to embody the energy and aspirations of the people of modern Vietnam in a skyscraper. Most of the building is occupied by offices, and there is an observation deck on the 49th floor.
Vattanac Capital – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Height: 187 meters

Built in 2014, the Vattanac Capital skyscraper is the most impressive modern building in Cambodia, which well demonstrates how quickly the country is developing. The multifunctional complex boasts Class A office space in addition to the Rosewood Phnom Penh Hotel. The creators of the skyscraper say that its design resembles the back of a dragon, and Feng Shui elements and traditional motives are used in the building.
CCTV Headquarters – Beijing, China
Height: 234 meters

The headquarters of China Central Television is another engineering marvel. Construction began in 2004 and its impressive facade was completed in 2008. Famous European architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren worked on the project. The structure of the building is described as a "3D kneed loop". Like many skyscrapers, the office of China Central Television has a funny nickname – it is called "boxing shorts" for its distinctive shape.
Bank of China Tower – Hong Kong
Height: 315 meters

Bank of China Tower is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city and is the fourth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. The prismatic facade of the 70-storey building strikes with its beautiful geometry. From some angles the profile resembles the shape of a meat knife, which gave the skyscraper the nickname "把刀" (Yaat Baa Dou) – "a knife" in Cantonese.
Shanghai World Financial Center – Shanghai, China
Height: 492 meters

The construction of the skyscraper began in 1997, and it officially opened in 2008. It costed $1.2 billion. Shanghai World Finance is currently the sixth tallest building in the world and the second tallest in China. The 101st floor houses offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks and shopping centers. Park Hyatt Shanghai is located from 79thto 93rd floors and is the second tallest hotel in the world. Externally, the structure of the skyscraper looks like a bottle opener – this is what the locals call it.
Petronas Towers – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height: 375 meters

Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are currently the tallest twin towers. The towers' infrastructure includes a luxury shopping center, a park with jogging tracks and pedestrian crossings, and a sky bridge connecting the two buildings. The buildings are known for their impact on pop culture – they have appeared in the films "Entrapment" and "Independence Day: Resurgence", TV Series 24, the video games Just Cause 2 and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.
Marina Bay Sands – Singapore
Height: 200 meters

Built in 2010, the building became famous after the release of the movie "Crazy Rich Asians". Architect Moshe Safdie said that he was inspired by a deck of cards when designing the complex. The three towers contain everything you need to relax – a resort, a hotel, a casino, a museum, theaters, many shops and, of course, world-class restaurants. Outside you can find the famous rooftop infinity pool. The complex can simultaneously accommodate 45 thousand people.
Kingdom Centre – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Height: 311 meters

The main skyscraper in Saudi Arabia was built in 2002. The upper third of the building is designed as a depressed arch. This architectural solution allows to increase the actual height without violating the restriction set for Saudi skyscrapers: the country is allowed to use only 30 floors of the building. Inside the skyscraper there are the Four Seasons Hotel, as well as a shopping center, a bank and a mosque.
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