There are many ways a country can illustrate their authority, whether it’s by their military might, the size of their GDP, or their presence in the global environment.
One of the ways a country demonstrates their wealth is by building skyscrapers, which are a status symbol, indicating a prosperous economy. A minimum of forty floors is required for a building to classify as a skyscraper. Skyscrapers were originally built on areas with limited land space; in crowded cities, building up is an efficient way to maximise space. Therefore, skyscrapers used to be built for practical reasons, but this eventually changed to become representations of a country’s affluence.
The world’s first modern skyscraper was built in Chicago, Illinois in 1885 (before this change in perception occurred). This was the Home Insurance Building and stood at 138 feet tall at first, with two floors added later on so that it ultimately stood at 180 feet. This is tiny today compared to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. It currently holds the record as the world’s tallest skyscraper at 2,716 feet tall! Its height is such that people often skydive off it.
If you visit any cities with world-famous skyscrapers, make sure to check them out – they are monumental sights to behold!