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IDS Center, Minneapolis, USA

May 5th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Opened in 1974, the IDS Center (or IDS Tower; in its first years its name was officially spelled IDS Centre; at the time the europeanism was supposed to reflect the tower's role in catapulting Minneapolis into its present status as a world-class city) is the tallest building in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 792 feet (241.4 m). It stood 775 feet 6 inches (236.4 m) tall when built, though a 16-foot (4.9 m) garage for window washing equipment was added at a later date. In 1992, the 776-foot (236.5 m) tall First Bank Place, now known as 225 South Sixth, was completed nearby. However, it was advertised at the time as 774 feet (235.9 m) tall, one foot (0.3 m) shorter than the IDS "out of respect". A dispute eventually erupted in 2004–2005 and the rooftop garage is now included in the building's height, restoring it to first-place status in the city. Overall, the structure rises to 910 feet (277.4 m) when including communications spires on the roof, indisputably the highest points in the city. The IDS was constructed as the headquarters of Investors Diversified Services, Inc.—now Ameriprise Financial.

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Shinjuku Park Tower, Tokyo, Japan

May 5th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Shinjuku Park Tower (新宿パークタワー, Shinjuku Pāku Tawā?) is the second-tallest building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It was designed by Kenzo Tange and completed in 1994.

The building's upper levels house the Park Hyatt Tokyo.

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Texaco Heritage Plaza, Houston, USA

May 5th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The 53-floor Texaco Heritage Plaza completed in 1987.

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The Bank of America Corporate Center, Charlotte, USA

May 5th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Bank of America Corporate Center is an 871 ft (265m) skyscraper in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. When completed in 1992, it became and still is the tallest building in North Carolina as well as the tallest building between Philadelphia and Atlanta; it stretches 60 stories high. Designed by Argentine architect César Pelli, it is the 23rd tallest building in the United States and is the most widely known building in the Charlotte skyline.

The Bank of America Corporate Center is the world headquarters for Bank of America, the second biggest bank in the United States. The building was originally the headquarters of NationsBank, which bought Bank of America and disposed of BankAmerica's headquarters at the Bank of America Center in San Francisco. McKinsey & Company is also a tenant in the tower.

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Wells Fargo Plaza, Houston, USA

May 5th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Wells Fargo Bank Plaza, formerly the Allied Bank Plaza and First Interstate Bank Plaza, is located in downtown Houston, Texas.

This building is the 11th Tallest Building in the United States, and the second tallest building in Texas and Houston, after Houston's JPMorgan Chase Tower.

The building was built at 1000 Louisiana Street in 1983. It was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Lloyd Jones Brewer and Associates and supposedly resembles an abstracted dollar sign in plan. The shape creates extreme wind stress, twisting the building violently in storms. In 1983 the building lost a large number of windows during Hurricane Alicia.

From street level, this building is 71 stories tall, or 970 feet (296 m) tall. But it extends four more stories below street level, with a subterranean (but open-air) plaza.

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John Hancock Center, Chicago, USA

May 3rd, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The John Hancock Center at 875 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois is a one-hundred-story, 1,127 ft. (344 m)-tall skyscraper designed by structural engineer Fazlur Khan of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and, when completed in 1969, was the tallest building in the world outside of New York City. It is the third tallest skyscraper in Chicago and the fourth largest in the United States, after the Sears Tower, Aon Center and Empire State Building. The building is home to offices and restaurants, as well as more than 700 condominiums and contains the highest residences in the world. The first residential lease for the Hancock building was signed by Benjamin Gingiss who lived in the building until his death.

The 95th floor has long been home to a fine restaurant, the latest incarnation being called "The Signature Room on the 95th Floor." While patrons dine, they can look out the windows overlooking Chicago and Lake Michigan. One of the best views of the city can be seen from the restaurant's ladies' restroom. Oftentimes men are invited in to see the view. The Hancock Center's observation facilities compete with the Sears Tower's Skydeck across town. The Hancock Center is located in a commercial district, while the Sears Tower is located in the financial district. The Hancock Center 94th floor observation deck displays exhibits about the city of Chicago. Maps explain the view in each direction and a special meshed in area allows the visitors to feel the winds 1,000 feet (305 m) above ground level. On the 44th floor, there is a skylobby containing America's highest indoor swimming pool.

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Warsaw Financial Center, Warsaw, Poland

April 28th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Warsaw Financial Center - one of the most modern buildings in Warsaw

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Millenium Plaza, Warsaw, Poland

April 28th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Millenium Plaza - high-rise building near Zawisza Czarny Square in Warsaw, Poland

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