The Top 10 Skyscrapers of 2016

December 10, 2016 5:00 am
A view of the Shanghai Tower, right, on September 21, 2015, in Shanghai, China. (Feature China/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)


Who doesn’t like a good skyscraper? Answer: no one. Except people who are afraid of heights. And probably some other folks for various reasons. But the point is, most people like skyscrapers. They’re usually stunning to look at, and they offer great views for lots of people inside.

But some skyscrapers are simply better than others. Better designed. More beautiful. More innovative. Taller. Speaking of which: Our friends at Dezeen have rounded up their 10 favorite skyscrapers that debuted in 2016, and it’s a heck of a list. It includes the world’s second-tallest building, a triangular structure on the west side of Manhattan, and a tower that looks like a humongous game of Jenga.

Here are our three favorites of their favorites:


VIA 57 West, New York City, by BIG

This triangular tower isn’t the tallest building on the list. It’s 467 feet tall and has 35 stories. But what it lacks in height, it makes up for in uniqueness. Created by possibly the hottest architect in the world, Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels, this modern-day pyramid was designed to provide views of the Hudson River for as many residents as possible. Looking to rent out one of its 709 units? Start here.

Sunset falls on the VIA 57 West apartment building on the west side of Manhattan in New York City on December 2, 2016, as seen from Weehawken, New Jersey. (Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)


Sky Habitat, Singapore, by Safdie Architects

What’s better than one skyscraper? Two skyscrapers connected by a few aerial walkways. This structure looks like what The Fountainhead‘s Howard Rourk would come up with if he were given a billion dollars and an unlimited supply of Legos. But if you’re going to buy one of the 509 apartments, make sure to secure one with a jutting balcony. Oh wait, they all have balconies. Cool.

Sky Habitat in Singapore on June 22, 2015. (Darren Soh/Bloomberg/Getty Images)


Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, by Gensler

Constructed for $2.4 billion, Shanghai Tower is very, very tall. It rises 2,073 feet high and contains 127 floors above ground. Which makes it the second tallest skyscraper on the planet. Wondering about that twisting formation? In addition to looking awesome, it helps the building offset the impact of typhoons. Smart, Shanghai Tower, smart.

Shanghai Tower during a light show on August 9, 2016, in Shanghai, China. (Zhang Suoqing/VCG/Getty Images)


See Dezeen‘s full list here.

—Shawn Donnelly for RealClearLife

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