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The world’s 8 most beautiful skyscrapers

The world's 8 most beautiful skyscrapers

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

There are no other buildings quite like Kuala Lumpur’s twin skyscrapers, which have become icons of Malaysia since they opened in 1999. The structure also boasts the highest two-storey bridge in the world. The ‘skyway’ connects the buildings’ 41st and 42nd floors. (Credit: Alamy)

Moscow State University

Moscow State University

One of seven skyscrapers built in the Stalinist style, the main building of the Moscow State University was Europe’s tallest for nearly 40 years, before being overtaken by Frankfurt’s Messeturm. However, it is still thought to be the tallest educational building in the world. (Credit: Alamy)

Taipei 101

Taipei 101

Towering above the Taiwanese city of Taipei, CY Lee’s tower was the world’s tallest building until the arrival of the Burj Khalifa in 2010. Designed to withstand the harshest of weather conditions and the possibility of natural disasters, Taipei 101 is regarded as one of the safest skyscrapers ever built. Its design is also rich in symbolism, with its 101 floors representing renewal and new beginnings. (Credit: Alamy)

Turning Torso

Turning Torso, Malmö

This 54-floor residential tower boasts a highly advanced environmental design, sourcing its power from renewable energy sources. The building’s twisting spine was inspired by the architect Santiago Calatrava’s studies of nature and the human form. (Credit: Alamy)

John Hancock Center

John Hancock Center, Chicago

A prime example of Structural Expressionism, the John Hancock Center was completed in 1969 and remains one of the iconic landmarks of the Chicago skyline. There’s no shortage of competition in the city that created the skyscraper, but this tower remains impressive. (Credit: Alamy)

The Shard

The Shard, London

The startling modernity of Renzo Piano’s tower may have come as a bit of a shock to Londoners when it was first announced, but it has become a much-loved part of the capital’s skyline since its completion in 2012. It’s also home to the city’s highest viewing platform, giving visitors a bird’s eye view of the sprawling metropolis. (Credit: Alamy)

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building, New York City

It may have only held the title for the world’s tallest building for 11 months between 1930 and 1931, but this Manhattan landmark has held on to the hearts of New Yorkers and architecture lovers around the world. William Van Alen’s building is still regarded as a leading example of Art Deco design – and was the overwhelming favourite of BBC Culture readers. (Credit: Alamy)

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