Top 5 City Skylines

5. Singapore, Singapore

One of the best (urban) planned and cleanliest metropolitan cities in the world, Singapore looks like an architectural city model come to life. The buildings cannot be higher than 280 metres due to air traffic control restrictions, but that has added a tall (but not too tall) and consistent building height and space pattern that makes this skyline unique: Three buildings are exactly 280 metres tall and 6 others (11 total) stand at just over 200 metres. The buildings are mostly light-coloured and there is a large expanse of greenery dotted around the city core. This South-Eastern city is definitely in a league of its own.
4. Shanghai, China

Not to be mistaken for a space station, Shanghai is a real city! China’s biggest and most advanced city, Shanghai was said to be one of the most modern cities at the turn of the 20th century, but lost its glory, due
to a long standing repressive rule. It is now quickly regaining its position as one of the biggest economic powerhouses in the world. Shanghai is becoming a showcase of modern architecture and is quickly amassing a collection of sky reaching buildings decked along the edges of the semi-circular shoreline in Pudong district. In Shanghai you’ll find 28 structures that are over 200 metres tall and two over 400 metres including one that is insanely tall (468m), the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
3. New York City, USA
New York City has one of the densest and most diverse skylines, with a huge collection of buildings and building styles. Thanks to artist’s and Hollywood’s obsession with the city, it is also the most easily recognizable skyline in the world. New York City has an amazing collection of 48 buildings that stand over 200 metres – the most in the world! New York city probably has the greatest heritage in terms of skyscrapers, building the world’s first commercial super-tall. The four tallest buildings in NYC were all built in the early 1930s! Home of the famous, now destroyed World Trade Center Towers, the Empire State building, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations, New York City is the financial capital of the western world. New York’s skyline probably has the most compact and overwhelming collection of architecture from almost any point in the city. New York skyscrapers pattern do create a skyline effect against a horizon, but it is probably a better view from the inside looking out and about rather than looking at it from afar.
2. Chicago, USA

Chicago is the birthplace of the modern skyscraper. When Chicago built its first steel high-rise in 1885, it was not the tallest structure in the world but the first example of a new form of engineering that would change nearly every city on earth. Chicago has 20 buildings over 200 metres tall (three of which are among the top 20 tallest buildings in the world, including the tallest in North America). Chicago has some of the finest mid-century architecture and examples of modern skyscrapers. This skyline has many distinctive views, changing it’s pattern ever so subtly at each angle you choose to look at it from. Like Hong Kong and New York, Chicago’s skyscraper’s really do create a line, stacked up along the shoreline, creating a true, skyline effect.
1. Hong Kong, China

The city of Hong Kong has the greatest skyline in the world! Hong Kong has a whopping 43 buildings over 200 metres tall, 30 of which were built in the year 2000 or later!!! There are also an number of residential condominiums with 60 stories. It also boasts four of the 17 tallest buildings in the world… That’s 20% of the top 20, all in one city! Egbert Gramsbergen and Paul Kazmierczak have dubbed Hong Kong “The tallest city in the world” in their online Skyscraper Cities Ranking List which is referenced in the Almanac of Architecture in 2006. Contrary to common belief, Hong Kong’s skyline shows a large selection of distinct sky-reaching towers, rather than block-style apartments. At night, the skyline is glimmers with lighting and reflections. This city exemplifies the post-modern skyscraper and skyline. Finally, the mountainous backdrop makes this skyline the greatest on the planet!


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