10 Tallest Twin Buildings in the World

The Imperial The buildings were designed by Mumbai architect Hafeez, as his most recognisable project to date. Construction was completed and the towers were inaugurated in 2010. The Imperial Towers are built on former slum land where the current re-development model of builders providing free land, and rehabilitation to slum dwellers in exchange for rights for development of property. It was first put into practice on a large scale. Bahrain Financial Harbour Commonly abbreviated as BFH is a large-scale commercial development project in Manama, the capital of Bahrain. The commercial complex is located next to the King Faisal Highway, near many popular landmarks such as the Bahrain World Trade Center, Abraj Al Lulu, and the National Bank of Bahrain. The majority of the project is being constructed on reclaimed land. The BFH project consists of multiple construction phases such as Bahrain Performance Center, Financial Center, Hotel and Residential. Grand Gateway Shanghai The building is an office complex consisting of two identical skyscrapers in the Xujiahui area of Shanghai, China. Construction of the towers was halted in 1997 due to the Asian financial crisis and excess office supply in Shanghai. However, in 2002, construction resumed. The buildings were completed in 2005. Each tower is 262 m high and has 52 stories. The towers are the 71st tallest existing buildings in the world when measured up to the highest architectural point which is the top of the domes. Al Kazim Towers The buildingis a complex of two 53-floor towers in Dubai Media City. Both were topped out in November 2007 and were completed in early 2008. Later the towers were renamed to Business Central Towers, more friendly name for all foreigner companies in both buildings. Since their opening, the Al Kazim Towers have become one of the city’s most famous landmarks, and two reference elements in Dubai’s skyline. The lighting approach for this project was subtle and discrete, focusing mainly on the architectural features of the towers. The Cullinan The building is a residential complex located in Hong Kong’s Union Square. This prime waterfront residence has glass curtain walls and sweeping views of the Victoria Harbour. This complex was named after the 3,106 carat Cullinan Diamond found in 1905; the largest diamond in the world. The glass facade gives the twin towers a futuristic look, matching the design language used on the nearby International Commerce Centre. Vitri Tower The Vitri Tower is a 75-story building located on Costa del Este, Panama City. The building is 281 meters tall and is the second tallest building in Panama City and the third in Latin America. Its construction began in 2007 and reached its maximum height at the end of 2010, to be completed in early 2012. Suzhou RunHua Global Center The building is formerly the SPG Global Towers, are a pair of skyscrapers in Suzhou, China. Groundbreaking on the buildings began in 2007, and they were completed in 2010. Building A is 282 m to the architectural tip with 49 floors, and is used mostly for office space, while tower B is 240 m to the architectural tip with 54 floors, and is residential. The towers bear a striking resemblance to the One Liberty Place skyscraper complex in Philadelphia, United States. Emirates Towers It is a building complex in Dubai that contains the Emirates Office Tower and Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. The two towers are connected by a 9,000 m² two-storey retail complex known as “The Boulevard”. The Emirates Towers complex is located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, and is a symbol of the city of Dubai. The Emirates Towers was constructed by the construction wing of Al Ghurair Investment group. A curiosity of the design is that the towers have a similar number of floors; the taller office tower actually contains 54 floors, while the hotel tower contains 56 floors. This is because the individual floor heights of the office tower are greater than that of the hotel. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai The building is also the world’s tallest hotel. Its form is inspired by the date palm. a symbol deeply entrenched in the Arabian culture. The 1000-capacity banquet hall has an independent access for smooth functioning. The podium terrace has one of the largest spas in Dubai and is beautifully landscaped with gardens and swimming pool. The grand entrance lobby is 4 floors high and overlooks the Business Bay. The towers are symmetrically placed on the 7-storey high podium to get the best views of the Burj Khalifa, Business Bay and the sea. Petronas Twin Towers The towers were designed by Argentine architect César Pelli. They chose a distinctive postmodern style to create a 21st-century icon for Landmark of Kuala Lumpur. The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion. The towers feature a double decker skybridge connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world. Spanning below the building is the KLCC Park with jogging and walking paths, a fountain with incorporated light show, wading pools, and a children’s playground. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world.

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