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These are the 27 Most Beautiful Skyscrapers in the World

John Hancock Center (Chicago, Illinois)

The famous ebony structure with twin antennae is surrounded by matte beams of structural steel, creating an abstract design. It was designed in the hands of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, situated inside the city’s Magnificent Mile district. The curved structure is now a popular feature of Chicago’s skyline.

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Turning Torso (Malmo, Sweden)

The modern residential tower Turning Torso has a higher elevation than other nearby structures. Each floor is an odd pentagon shape, which changes as you go up the stories. The upper floor is bent 90 degrees to the floor. The design was created in the style of Santiago Calatrava; the inspiration for the structure’s unique form stemmed from a twisted human midsection.

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Taipei 101 (Taipei, Taiwan)

Like the style of The Jin Mao Tower, Taipei 101 is built on traditional Chinese architecture. The building was completed in 2010 and was developed by Chu-Yuan Liu and C.P. Wang. The 101 stories represent numerically the beginning of the new decade as well as the new year.

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Canton Tower (Guangzhou, China)

Created with the help of Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit together with Barbara Kuit and Mark Hemel, as well as the Arup Team, Canton Tower is the most spectacular sightseeing experience. It boasts the highest open-air staircase in the world, where visitors can physically climb the tower. The tower’s lattice-like exterior is curved upwards and gives the building an appearance that resembles a “slim waist.”

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Petronas Twin Towers (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

At 88 stories, the tower is the tallest in the world. The eight employed throughout the structure are a symbol of luck. The two buildings designed by the famous Cesar Pelli and connected via an air bridge are set in Islamic architecture. Due to the soft soil of the towers, the foundations can be as deep as 374 feet in depth to support the buildings.

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Space Needle (Seattle, Washington)

Seattle’s highest and most famous structure was built due to two concepts conceived in Seattle’s 1964 World’s Fair. One idea was inspired by a balloon tied and the other by an airplane-like image. These concepts proposed by Edward E. Carlson and John Graham Jr. were joined to form the Washington state landmark.

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Oriental Pearl Tower (Shanghai, China)

Eleven spheres hold Oriental Pearl Tower joined to columns. The structure’s style is compared to an old Chinese proverb; the designer Jiang Huancheng believes it’s an accident.

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