Will There Ever Be Another World’s Tallest Building? | The B1M

Will There Ever Be Another World’s Tallest Building? | The B1M

Why do we build tall buildings? From the Tower of Babel to the pyramids, St
Paul’s Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and, finally, that great 20th century invention,
the skyscraper – we’ve always yearned to touch the sky. The skyscraper is both a symbol for mankind’s
limitless ambition and an immensely practical and profitable solution to our increasingly
urbanised lives. However, the economics of the skyscraper has
long been a contentious subject. Building higher can increase revenue, as each
additional floor creates opportunities for retail, office and residential spaces. For decades, conventional wisdom said that
63 storeys was the optimal height for a skyscraper. Building any less essentially leaves money
on the table, while building higher risks overshooting construction costs leaving developers
without a profit. While 63 storeys may sound precise, it is
in fact a rough figure that clearly depends on a variety of conditional factors – but
it illustrates the argument: at a certain point, skyscrapers are no longer economically
feasible. Beyond that point they cease their practical
purpose and become something else. This is no more apparent than in the race
to build the world’s tallest building, where the limits of practicality knock against the
expanse of human ambition. The last century has seen the title change
hands from building to building no less than nine times, but with the construction of Dubai’s
Burj Khalifa in 2010 – a building that jumped more than 300 metres higher than its predecessor
– we’ve seen that race cool, and perhaps end. The Burj Khalifa is the first structure since
Chicago’s Sears Tower to hold onto the title of world’s tallest building for longer than
a decade. In that time, competing projects to the Burj
have come and gone, brought back down to earth by mounting costs and their own impracticality. The desire to be the tallest appears to be
fading. Have we finally found the meeting point of
hubris and economics? Have we built the world’s last tallest building? The Burj Khalifa is an icon – and it was built
to be one. 2020 marks a decade since the 828 metre-high
tower officially opened – the culmination of five years of construction work from foundation
to spire, more than 10 years of planning, and some 22 million man hours. Plans for the tower first emerged in the late
1990s and early 2000s. Keen to diversify its economy away from the
oil industry and to leave its mark on the world, the small port city of Dubai began
to invest heavily in creating tourist attractions and turned its eye to that most superlative
of construction titles: the world’s tallest building. At that time, a number of projects were attempting
to overtake the reigning Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The Shanghai World Finance Centre and the
508 metre Taipei 101 were both already under construction, and the long-gestating World
Trade Centre had ambitions to bring the title back to New York. Dubai officials didn’t want to invest in
constructing the world’s tallest building only for its record to be broken a few years
later by another project. They wanted to create a building so high that it would reign as the world’s tallest for decades. This was a building made to be awe-inspiring Skidmore, Owings and Merrill envisioned an
unheard of 62 percent increase in height from the last world’s tallest. To put that in perspective, over the past
century no other contender has gone higher than 19 percent – including the Empire State
Building. The construction of the Burj Khalifa was the
result of a perfect storm; an alignment of key components needed to create such a structure. Funded by a city eager to prove itself on
the world stage combined with a near bottomless pit of money to draw from. None of the usual requirements and restraints
of practicality applied here, and no one questioned whether a city of little more than a million
people needed a USD $1.5 billion skyscraper. In the years since the Burj Khalifa’s opening
a number of projects have sought to take its crown. In 2013, the 838 metre Sky City skyscraper
was proposed in China; an incredibly ambitious pre-fabricated project that would have been
built in just 120 days. Foundations were laid, but safety concerns
and a failure to obtain proper approval from the government pushed the project back and
it stalled. The foundations are now used by locals as a fish farm. China has had several other notable proposals. In 2014 there was the Suzhou Zhongnan Center which was also set to reach 838 metres. Construction stalled in 2015 and the project is now officially on hold. Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower is by far the
closest a building has come to taking the Burj’s crown. The project shares a number of similarities
with the Burj. Rising from a small desert city with aims to move away from an oil-dependent
economy, and backed by a government with a near endless amount of money. The tower is even designed by the same architect, Adrian Smith, and employs the same Y-shaped floor-plan as the Burj – an
innovative technique used to offset wind loads. The Jeddah Tower had plans to rise to 1000
metres – making it the first man-made structure to reach the kilometre high mark. Construction started in April 2013 and was
set to take just over five years to complete. However, the project currently sits at a height
of around 260 metres, with work appearing to have stopped sometime in 2018. There are several reports that the
tower is officially on hold, a virtual kiss of death for a project
like this. Several factors have led the scheme stalling,
including the much-publicized anti-corruption purge of 2017 which claimed two of the building’s
most prominent backers, growing costs and the shifting priorities of the Saudi government. Not to be outdone, Dubai announced its own competitor with the Dubai Creek Tower – a 1,300 metre high observation
structure that would have dwarfed both Jeddah Tower and the Burj Khalifa. While foundations were laid in 2017, no progress
has been made since, and with construction on Jeddah Tower yet to resume there seems
to be little motivation for them to continue. So where will the next world’s tallest building
come from? The most obvious answer would appear to be China. They have money to spend, a vast
urban population, and an eagerness to prove themselves on the world stage. Yet, China’s
cooling economy has seen a number of their recent megaprojects cancelled or postponed. It is worth noting that taking away the Burj’s
vanity height, the highest occupiable floor of China’s tallest building, the Shanghai
Tower, is just two metres below that of the Burj’s. If the Burj didn’t have it’s nearly 200
metre high spire the towers would be approximately the same height. While Shanghai Tower is an impressive architectural
icon of modern China, the building has been plagued with an astoundingly low occupancy
rate, crippling debt, and bureaucratic red tape that has delayed tenants who have been
ready to move in for years. These problems are made painfully visible
at night, when half of the tower fails to light up. As such, China’s reluctance to invest in
another megatall structure so soon after the failures of Shanghai Tower is perhaps understandable. India also has ambitions to compete with Dubai
– unveiling plans in 2017 for a new tower in Mumbai. The plans were immediately met with an outcry
from locals, who pointed to the country’s considerable socio-economic problems, much
needed public infrastructure, and food and water shortages – all seen as far greater
priorities than building a large skyscraper. Building the world’s tallest building is
now such an immense undertaking that it cannot be achieved by developers alone. That’s why, looking back over the last few
decades in skyscraper construction, these remarkably tall buildings are no longer named
after corporations, but after cities and countries. The days of the Sears and Petronas Towers
are gone. We now have Taipei 101 and Shanghai Tower. Even the Burj Khalifa’s original
name was the Burj Dubai, before it was renamed in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi. These projects require an enormous amount
of money behind them, they also require the rewriting of local building regulations and
flight paths. They need the unequivocal support and oftentimes the financial backing of their
governments, otherwise they will never get out of the ground. This perfect storm needed to create the world’s
next tallest building – a booming economy, a near endless supply of money, a desire to
be put on the world map, and uncategorical support from the government – now has to match
the immense height that Dubai has already presented to the world. It was a lot easier to build a 500 metre plus
skyscraper ten years ago than it is to build an 800 metre plus one now. Currently, there isn’t anywhere in the world
that has the financial backing and ambition to beat Dubai, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
may have achieved exactly what they were asked to when first conceiving the Burj Khalifa:
to create a world’s tallest building that would last. So, will we ever build taller? Is this the
end of the race? For now, it would seem so. When the Empire State Building opened to the
public 88 years ago, actress Fay Wray said: “When I’m in New York I look at the Empire
State Building and feel as though it belongs to me… or is it vice versa?” That is what great construction accomplishes.
The Empire State Building was so tall, so grand, that it seemed almost impossible. It
was unthinkable that anyone could build taller, and it took 40 years for its record to be beaten. Why do we build tall buildings? Because we
can. And when the time is right, when that perfect storm appears again, we will.

100 thoughts on “Will There Ever Be Another World’s Tallest Building? | The B1M

  1. The B1M has been the best Construction channel since it’s launch and rivals heights have been halted for the foreseeable future. Omg Idk why but I just LOVE This channel more than all the other channels.

  2. An interesting fact about the empire state building is that after it was opened, much like the shanghai tower, it seemed like a failure and was called the "empty" state building because it had few tenants.

  3. please dont try to sell these buildings as symbols of "human" ambition etc. its the ambition of a system and culture centered around eternal patriarchy (obelisk- and tower-like structures being phallic symbols since ancient times), competiotion and growth – which, considering its effects, can be summed up as barbarism aka capitalism.

  4. China's reluctance to build a new super tower is because the current Chinese super tower is not sufficiently occupied because China won't let people move into it is understandable?
    You actually said that dude

  5. pudong feels dead , and there is like nothing ground floor in the whole sector , they should have made first floors of every building subsidized for small biz to get shops and foot traffic around. who wants to live in a city center where you need to go blocks away to eat/get a haircut etc.

  6. Because of climate change Dubai will be too hot to inhabit in about 2060

  7. Uh, has everybody forgotten about the Jettah tower? It will be the tallest building in the world when it opens


  9. surprise u didn't mention japan which is also as eager as china to pursuit megastruture. but i feel the trend would move away from being tall to having the largest usable area. arcology and self-contain cities in a building has always been a dream for japan and china.

  10. The answer is yes. There will always be some greedy and egotistical humans who will want to show off to other people that they can reach the sky so there will be taller buildings in the future.

  11. Dubai are trying to beat themselves and so are the Saudis (I believe). I think they’re due early next decade

  12. I'm working on the sqp building 68 floors residential building. Pretty cool I think

  13. Audio in this video (background music) is constantly fluctuating and very distracting to the average headphone user. I couldn’t even watch the whole thing. Good research, though.

  14. I think the newer materials will make buildings this tall cheaper, however the biggest problem with tall building is elevators; the taller you build, the more traffic you have, and the fact that only one elevator occupy the space for the entire height of that elevation track. Some methods like splitting the building into several elevator levels has done some improvements, but eventually you reach a point where every story you add will decrease the total useable space of the building because it will increase the need for more floor area to be dedicated to elevators.

    To counter it, something like consecutive elevators that would function more like a train, one for going up, and one for down, but this would cause the actual journey to take longer, in favour of eliminating waiting time. It is a viable strategy that should be considered, but even then, even with the fastest elevators that can go at a maximum safe acceleration (will not allow you to true reach high speed because you will be stopping frequently), you would still, eventually, reach a point where increasing the height of the building will decrease the useable floor area because of the increased demand for elevator area for each floor.


  16. There is a new building that will be taller than Burj Khalifa, it will be Dubai as well. They are already working on it.

  17. Desire to prove itself on the world stage sounds like it's just a bunch of insecure countries trying to hard to impress , when will they build underground i wonder . . or another castle . . 🤷🏼

  18. Any update about Dubai Creek Tower?

  19. I was waiting for :
    "Why do we build tall buildings?"
    vsauce music

  20. This man documents buildings just like those documentaries on animal planet we saw during class as a kid!

  21. Skyscrapers are horrid


  23. The ESB was the worlds tallest for way more than a decade.


  25. The Burj Khalifa is just the Empire State Building of the 21st century; sometime it will be beat, but not in a while.

  26. Love that you showed the Gta Tower

  27. Unoccupiable spires/antennas don't count, else +2000 ft. TV transmitting towers qualify!

  28. Can you stop saying
    "The tallest tower is the burj'
    In arabic the word burj means tower
    The tallest tower is the tower
    Sounds dumb doesnt it

  29. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  30. Given the fact that the global population keeps increasing but the actual amount of land we have doesn't, the obvious conclusion is that yea, we're going to keep building taller.

  31. So pretty much for the same reasons no city/country wants to host the olympics.

  32. Taipei 101 is in Taiwan, not China

  33. The quality of your work is outstanding as is the case with all of your videos. Congratulations on a job well done. You have much to be proud of.

  34. Next year the Jeddah tower will be opened and will be 1km tall, much taller than the Burj Khalifia. Stop talking bs during your videos and actually do some research….

  35. The petronas towers look really good

  36. The petronas towers look really good

  37. Mia khalifa > Burj Khalifa

  38. Once legend ever said.. this skyscrapper will going to be a briged to the moon. Lololol

  39. There will always be the world's tallest building.

  40. The tallest building Earth will ever see will be 71,572 kilometers tall and will be built in either Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Sao Tome & Principe, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Maldives, Indonesia or Kiribati.

  41. Meanwhile, I am thinking 2 storey house would be too much to mortgage for!

  42. I wish My hometown Dallas, Texas would build a skyscraper that would be the envy of the world. I know we have the will and the funds to do it but who knows when that would ever come into consideration.

  43. I fall in love with this channel since last year.

  44. Yes as soon as Larry Silverstein will pull this one.

  45. Bro you forgot the CN tower which is way taller then all these American as buildings

  46. Yes there will be a taller building, but it will take a lot of time until it’s being started and when it is, this new structure will absolutely dwarf the burj

  47. These beautiful, expensive buildings are in coastal cities. They're going to be leveled by climate change over the next century… (Sorry to be a Debby Downer.)

  48. I wish the US had of come back to the Skyscraper race

  49. The problem with US is that we have to go through so much approval to build a big building like that whereas like Dubai or India or china with those spreading skylines they dont have zoning changes and approve the design and permit they just build. Like I live in nashville the fastest growing city in the us and before we can get a small building (15 to 20 floors) it'll take like 1 to 2 years to finally groundbreak becuase of the rules and regulations to building a tower in the us. So I dont see the US having a burj Khalifa or a Shanghai tower. Hell it 14 years to build the world trade center in New York but with the economy booming really fast in the US I can see us rivalling Shanghai tower or Taipei tower

  50. b'A',bul… not = b'e',bul

  51. Muhammad (pbuh) said this in the year 600 "Barefoot shepereds will compete in building tall structures.."

  52. Burj is the most beautiful building i have ever seen in my life. Hope lord never let's a scratch on that building

  53. Jeddah Tower: You what mate?

  54. It will be interesting when someone starts to build orbital ring, though I am not sure if that would be counted as a building, it would be huge going around the planet.

  55. A better question is: will there ever be a nice looking building, like the ones made in New York in the 1930s? Because all the tallest buildings ever since, including the Khalifa look awful.

  56. imagine the big flex if a country decided to build a large penis to surpass the Burj

  57. tell me which one skyscraper is more beautiful than the Petronas towers!!!

  58. What the billionaires want to show? building can be accessed 1700KM+. Maximum Building height should be less than 600 meters.

  59. skyscrapers are made by people who lack the heart, talent, skill, class and taste to build the Pantheon or Saint Peter's Basilica or the Hagia Sophia or the Colosseum or the Palace of Versailles (and so on).

  60. Babel? It is Babylon. The first of everything ever made city.

  61. Hopefully there won't be any more tallest buildings. The taller the building, the uglier it seems.


  63. Bruh, you already know someone’s working on the worlds widest building rn

  64. “Taipei 101, China" – wtf

  65. I’ve been binging your channel lately and I don’t regret a thing

  66. ..so lets end this one thing !..stand on the roof of the Willis Tower, with both feet safely planted and you'll be looking down at both Petronas Towers and the WTC by 5-15 floors !! Roof height needs to a factor ! Stick 3,500 foot spire on top of a 100 foot building and call it the tallest?! NOT 👎🏽

  67. Oh man what's the name of the song you used around the 3:50 mark? Or throughout the video, that's so soothing 🙂 makes this easy go watch

  68. they could turn some lights on in the upper floors of the Shanghai tower to make it look occupied.

  69. lets just build a radio tower 1km tall and call it good

  70. Man they're building a taller tower than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai hahaha they've alreday started the constructions months ago

  71. Dubai Creek tower

  72. What about the C.N. Tower? 👎 Thumbs down… Oh butt hurt over Raptors???

  73. It's already in under construction
    Its name is kingdom tower

  74. There are lot of mistakes in this video.
    1. Dubai is not an oil economy. Only a very anak fraction of its economy is driven by hydrocarbon.

    2. Dubai population was not 1 million while Burj Khalifa was built. It was roughly 2 million +.

  75. taipei 101, china…excuse me?

  76. there will be 400 stories buildings. Assuming no mayor economic collapse due to climate change happens.

  77. He put the Taipei 101 in China

  78. I don't care let it rain……..Here we go……..End money and pull back the rains hard on religion, like the future of tobacco industry. INVEST IN FOR THE LONG TERM. (The youth and ourself.)

  79. How tf does Dubai build the world's tallest building for only 1.5 billion dollars when a VA hospital in Colorado takes 14 years and more than 1.7 billion dollars. lol

  80. The tallest skyscrapers are now our cathedrals, dedicated to the new God on earth : Money and his slaves, men. But however, I love your channel because the actual Goddesses here are the men's skills. I'm so glad you have created this marvelous and intelligent channel that is one of my very few favorite on YouTube.

  81. Yeah I live in Jeddah and that building isn't getting any higher.

  82. it’s funny I am staying burj Khalifa right now

  83. Taipei 101 – China

    Taiwan has left the chat…

  84. Why do we build tall buildings?
    Because we can.

    Probably my favorite line in this video 🙂


  86. Kingdom Tower 1k will be world's tallest building soon its in Jeddah Saudi Arabia

  87. Taipei 101 is in Taiwan.

  88. Here is the reason for less demand for megatall buildings: Oligopolies. You need a well balanced slightly regulated small one-store small proprietorship dominated capitalist ecenomy with multinational corporations being the most rare level of business. When it comes to corporations there must be many national, regional, statewide, countywide, and citywide corporations with many of them being banks, insurence companies, business consulting firms, etc. to increase demand for office buildings which if many large businesses are created by entrepreneurs they will needs megatall and eventually giga tall buildings. As the world population increases we are going to need gigatall cities such as Tokyo's X-Seed 4,000.

  89. You know what, let's just build Coruscant.

  90. 5 years of construction
    Laughs in Thamizh..

  91. Taipei is in Taiwan, not China. Learn some geography. :like:

  92. Could you make a video about top 10 big upcoming infrastracture projects in asia…😊

  93. Why do we build tall buildings?
    Only the ones with the largest slave labour will build the tallest buildings. Because the only thing they are used for is music videos.

  94. If we do not obliterate all of them first before we do build again.

  95. Do you have your head buried in the sand? There is no way this tower is going to hold the record for another 10 years much less be the crowning achievement of height.

  96. Um,….I think there already is a worlds Tallest building,……..correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure about this!

  97. In other words:


  98. What's this, "Have we built the world's last tallest skyscraper?" Bullshit.
    WTF!? -Dubai is/was built by SLAVES.
    Slavery is the name of the Islamic Game, and then…
    …after Dubai, we hear about China, the Land of Red Slaves.

  99. Petronas twin tower🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾

  100. It's such an ugly building. So is the Trump tower built in Chicago, built by the same architect.

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