Record Breakers: 12 Legitimately Sky-Scraping Tower Projects

SOM Tanjong Pagar Center, Singapore

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Singapore’s tallest building at 951 feet in height is the Tanjong Pagar Centre by SOM, a mixed-use tower in the city-state’s central business district filled with offices, residential units, retail and hotels. In addition to a sky deck with a transparent glass floor, it will feature an underground pedestrian network connecting to existing transit. It’s set to be complete by the end of 2016.

Australia 108: Southern Hemisphere’s Tallest Building

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The Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building will be Australia 108, which is currently under construction in Melbourne. The 1,040-foot-tall structure will contain 1,105 apartments on 100 floors, and completion is expected in 2020.

Glass-Bottomed Skywalk on Shanghai’s Third-Tallest Building

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Just recently bested by Shanghai Tower, the city’s 93-story Jinmao Tower by SOM is really just as impressive, with an incredible open-air glass-bottomed skywalk that runs along the 88th floor. It’s the highest hands-free platform in the world, and you have to be strapped into a safety harness to experience it.

Mile-High Park & Observation Deck
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Could this (literally) mile-high tower become the tallest man-made structure on earth? It’s still just a conceptual design, but the record-smashing Burj Khalifa seemed outrageous in the infancy of its proposal, too. Unveiled by Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA), the structure would be topped with a publicly-accessible observation deck covered in plants and inhabited by hundreds of species of animals. The height is twice that of the Burj Khalifa, supported by a 20-meter-wide compressed shaft secured by a net of pre-stressed cables. Capsules carrying visitors to the top orbit around the shaft, and will be equipped with open-air virtual reality screens for an interactive 360-degree view of the landscape.