The ten most expensive buildings in the world

Today, life is becoming more expensive, which contributes to higher construction prices. Below is a list of the ten most expensive buildings in the world, some of which were built for more than a billion dollars.

10. Hotel Palazzo, Las Vegas

Cost: $ 1.00 billion

Height: 196 m

The Palazzo Hotel is the tallest building in Las Vegas after the unfinished Fontainebleau Resort Las Vegas. In addition to hotel rooms, it has a casino, a shopping center, a cinema and parking. The building was built in 2004-2007 by the project of HKS. It has 53 ground and 4 underground floors. Palazzo has the most spacious rooms in the city, each accounting for an average of 67 m². It is also the largest building in the United States to be awarded the LEED certification. The hotel appears in the movie “Ocean’s Thirteen Friends”.

9. SunTrust Financial Center, Tampa

Cost: $ 1.00 billion

Height: 160 m

SunTrust Financial Center is located in Florida. The 36-story office building is designed to withstand the strong 180 km / h gusts that often blow in this part of the United States. During the construction of the tower 30 600 m³ of concrete and more than 44 thousand tons of steel were used. The center was built in 1990-1992 according to the project of Cooper Carry. This is the fourth tallest building in Tampa.

8. Niagara Falls Hilton Phase 2 Hotel, Niagara Falls

Cost: $ 1.00 billion

Height: 177 m

Niagara Falls Hilton Phase 2 is considered Canada’s tallest hotel ever since it was built in 2009. Its windows offer an unforgettable view of the waterfall. Design developed by Stanford Downey Architects. The hotel has more than 500 rooms, 4 restaurants, one of which is located on the roof, parking, a swimming pool and a conference hall with 1,000 seats.

7. Myer Center, Adelaide

Cost: $ 1.00 billion

Height: 75 m

The Myer Center building has become the most expensive by accident. Since the construction lasted too long – from 1988 to 1991, the costs exceeded the planned 443 million. The 18-story building, designed by architect Hardy Milazzo, accommodates offices, a shopping center, shops, restaurants and a parking lot. Shopping areas are arranged in the form of a gallery around the atrium with a height of 8 floors (34 m). There are also 5 underground floors in the building. The only indoor roller coaster in Australia was located here in the 1990s.

6. Hotel MGM Grand Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Cost: $ 1.00 billion

Height: 89 m

MGM Grand Resort & Casino is the world’s largest hotel and one of the most recognizable attractions in Las Vegas. The 30-story building has four wings arranged in the shape of a cross. It includes almost 30 thousand m² of exhibition space and conference centers. The casino hotel was built in 1991-1993 according to the project of several architectural bureaus: Veldon Simpson-Architect, Bermello Ajamil & Partners and Klai Juba Architects. The area in front of the building is decorated with a large gilded lion.

5. Chifley Tower, Sydney

Cost: $ 1.00 billion

Height: 241 m

Chifley Tower is one of Australia’s most prestigious office and retail complexes. The building is located in the highest part of Sydney. Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox & Associates, this emblematic structure includes offices, shops and a restaurant located 185 meters high. To make the building stand in strong winds, a gigantic steel pendulum weighing 400 tons was installed under the roof. Chifley Tower became Sydney’s first full-steel skyscraper. Construction took several years – from 1988 to 1992.

4. Bank of America Tower, New York

Cost: $ 1.00 billion

Height: 366 m

The Bank of America tower building was built in 2004-2009 in the style of deconstructivism, which is characterized by visual complexity, unexpected broken shapes and an aggressive invasion of the urban environment. The project was created by Cook & Fox Architects. In 2005, Popular Science magazine called it “the most ambitious green skyscraper.” The building has a gas generator that produces two-thirds of the energy needed to maintain the premises throughout the year, and a wind turbine that produces electricity.

3. Kyoto Station

Cost: $ 1.25 billion

Height: 70 m

Station in Kyoto – the second largest in the world after the building in Nagoya. It is recognizable thanks to the futuristic glass facade, which was conceived by the architect Hiroshi Hara. The building has 15 ground and 3 underground floors. It is not only a train station, but also a metro station and a bus station. In addition to the usual waiting rooms and ticket offices, the station complex includes offices, a museum, a restaurant, a supermarket, hotel rooms, a parking lot and a cinema. A giant escalator raises passengers to a height of 9 floors. Construction continued from 1995 to 1997.

2. Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Cost: $ 1.50 billion

Height: 828 m

Today, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, but in terms of cost it is only in second place. Dubai’s business card was designed by architects from Skidmore, Owings and Merill. During the construction, 330 thousand m³ of concrete and 31.4 thousand metric tons of steel were used. It took 45 thousand m³ of concrete with a total weight of 110 thousand tons to lay the foundation. The 163-story building houses apartments, hotel apartments, offices and restaurants. The tower has 8 escalators, 57 two-story elevators and 3,000 parking spaces. Construction continued from March 2004 to January 2010.

1. Taipei 101, Taipei

Cost: $ 1.76 billion

Height: 509 m

The most expensive building in the world is in Taipei, the capital of the partially recognized Republic of China. When designing, C.Y. Lee & Partners was inspired by traditional Chinese architecture, so visually the tower resembles a pagoda. Many aspects of the layout were agreed with the Feng Shui master. The concept is based on the repetition of the number eight: eight sections expanding upwards on the external walls, eight supporting columns and so on. In Chinese culture, this number is considered lucky. Taipei 101 became the first skyscraper in the world, the height of which exceeded the mark of half a kilometer. This building, like Burj Khalifa, has unique two-story elevators. Construction continued from 1999 to 2004.