How did we get the Burj Khalifa or the Freedom Tower, you ask? With a tower crane of course. Here’s a list of the top six buildings built with cranes.
Without a doubt, skyscrapers are impressive feats of engineering. In cities around the world, incredible buildings stretch up to the heavens.
A building enters the category of a skyscraper if it stands 150 meters (492 feet) or higher. Of course, many skyscrapers stand much, much taller as you’ll see in a moment.
Have you ever wondered how the workers get up there to build these incredible buildings? It would be impossible to build skyscrapers without the use of a special piece of equipment. This aptly named piece of equipment is the tower crane.
There are so many amazing structures builders can create with the use of a good tower crane. Let’s take a look at some of the top buildings cities around the world have built with tower cranes.
You cannot create a list of the world’s tallest buildings without mentioning Dubai. The city is home to the luxurious and impressive Burj Khalifa. This mammoth structure dwarfs the rest of a city already full of skyscrapers.
At the time of this writing, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. It stands at 829.8 meters (2,722 feet) high. The Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia is poised to usurp that coveted title. But until construction is complete the Burj Khalifa has it.
In a city known for its extravagance, the Burj Khalifa does not disappoint. As you can imagine, it’s possible to pack a lot into a building this tall.
The Burj Khalifa boasts 30,000 homes, 19 residential towers, 9 hotels, and a 30-acre manmade lake. There’s also a shopping mall and space for offices.
The rest of Dubai is nothing to sneeze at either. Imagine what the view from up there is like.
Shanghai has quite a few impressive structures, but the Shanghai Tower takes the cake. This building stands 632 meters (2,073 feet) tall. As elegant as it is tall, the building twists in a graceful way up to the sky.
It creates a trio with the Shanghai World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower. This trio represents China’s past, present, and future.
The building houses 320 hotel rooms and space for 1,100 cars. There is also retail space, cafes, restaurants, and gardens.
For a breathtaking sight you’ll never forget, visit one of its 360-degree public spaces. Shanghai is an impressive place and it seems even more so when viewing it from so high up.
Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel stands at 601 meters (1,971 feet) tall. Thus it is not the tallest building in the world. But it does have the largest clock tower.
The building is in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. But a German architect, Mahmoud Bodo Rasch, designed the gigantic clock. How big is that clock? The face of the clock is 43 square meters (141 square feet).
It is also called Abraj Al-Bait Towers. This building is important to Saudi Arabia’s culture and society. A large part of the building’s purpose is to offer services to Islamic pilgrims. Located not very far away is the Masjid al-Haram, the largest mosque in the world.
Inside, the building contains apartments, hotel rooms, a conference center, and shopping mall. It also has a huge prayer room (10,000 people), an Islamic museum, and a Lunar Observation Center. Visitors can go to the Observation Center during the Holy Months to view the moon.
In keeping with the Islamic culture, there are 21,000 green and white lights on top of the tower. These lights flash to signal prayers 5 times a day. They serve as a reminder to anyone within a 19-mile radius!
Ping An International Finance Centre
China makes the list again with the Ping An International Finance Centre. This sleek beast resides in Shenzhen and towers over its neighbors. It stands 599 meters (1,965 feet) tall.
In the original design, it was going to surpass the Shanghai Tower. That would have enabled it to claim its spot at the tallest building in China. During construction, however, a 60-meter antenna was removed from the design.
The reason? The builders were concerned about it being in the way of airplanes.
Ping An Insurance has their headquarters in this building. And there is ample room for more office space, hotels, retail space and a shopping mall. The top of the building boasts an observation deck from which you can see the whole city.
Lotte World Tower
Seoul, South Korea gets in on the action with their Lotte World Tower. This brilliant building stands 555 meters (1821 feet) tall.
This may be the most fun building on the list. It contains a theme park, movie theaters, and a huge shopping mall.
Of course, there is also ample space for residences, retail space, and offices. At the top, there are public access floors and a great observation deck.
One World Trade Center
The One World Trade Center holds great significance for the United States. The building is both a memorial to 9/11 and a statement of hope for the future.
Even the building’s height holds significance. It measures 541 meters or 1,776 feet. Remember that the Founders signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Lots of forward-thinking technology was added to this building. Of course, an innovative new security system was very important.
Plus, there are great bits of technology like life-safety systems and sustainability. The building also uses renewable energy, reuses rainwater, and has heavy fireproofing.
The building holds office space, restaurants, and antennae for broadcasting facilities. The transportation hub for the World Trade Center is there now. Plus the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
The Importance of The Tower Crane
None of these buildings would exist with the tower crane. It is a very important piece of equipment for construction, especially of this type.
We exist to ensure that these cranes are in good working order. We also offer training to ensure that the operators know what they are doing.
Tower crane operators need to be properly trained to ensure safety. Between 1992 and 2006 roughly 22 workers died per year in crane accidents. The right training and proper inspections can prevent most of these accidents.
Contact us today! We’ll be happy to provide more information about our training or inspections services.