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The Etisalat Tower 2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

July 4th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Etisalat Tower 2 is a 33-floor tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The tower has a total structural height of 185 m (607 ft). Construction of the Etisalat Tower 2 was completed in 2007. The most notable aspect of the tower is that it has a spherical structure at the top, similar to a golf ball. The cladding of the tower follows the Etisalat guidelines, in that it uses the same materials as most of the company's buildings. Such as the Etisalat Tower 1 and the Ajman Etisalat Tower, both of which have the same spherical structure.

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Lake Point Tower, Chicago, USA

May 7th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Lake Point Tower is a high-rise residential building located on a promontory of the Lake Michigan lakefront in downtown Chicago, just north of the Chicago River at 505 North Lake Shore Drive. It rises somewhat apart from the urban cluster of downtown Chicago in a composition that sets off and punctuates the skyline. The building is also the only skyscraper east of Lake Shore Drive.

The body of the building encompasses 900 apartments (now privately owned condominiums). It has a reinforced concrete structure and a triangular core of elevators and a stairwell which can absorb horizontal forces. Because of this, the perimeter pillars on the facade do not need to be large as they only have to bear the vertical loads.

The building's plan is composed of three equal prongs extending from a central core, and alights atop a masonry podium. The exteriors of the prongs are gently curved, giving the exterior of the building a rich, gleaming form. It is often described as having been inspired by a study model of a curvilinear high-rise building made by van der Rohe during the early phase of his career, but is much taller than that proposed building, more regular in form, and its exterior glass curtain wall is tinted.

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The Rose Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

April 20th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Rose Tower is a 333 metre (1,093 feet), 72-story skyscraper on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Originally, the tower was to be 380 m (1,247 feet) high, but its projected height was reduced in further design modification. Construction began in 2004. On 24 October 2006, the building reached its full height with the addition of the spire. The tower will be the world's tallest hotel when it opens in April 2008. This hotel, known as "Rose Rotana Suites," will surpass both the 321 m (1,053 ft) Burj Al Arab, and the incomplete 330 m (1,083 ft) Ryungyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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The U.S. Bank Tower ( The Library Tower, First Interstate World Center), Los Angeles, California, USA

April 11th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The U.S. Bank Tower, formerly the Library Tower and First Interstate World Center, is a skyscraper located at 633 West Fifth Street in downtown Los Angeles, California, United States. It is the ninth-tallest building in the United States, the tallest North American skyscraper west of the Mississippi River, the tallest building in California, and the tallest building with a helipad on the roof (this is required by the city building code). Rising 1,018 feet (310 m) in height, it is also the 31st-tallest building in the world as of March 2008. Until the construction of Taipei 101, it was also the tallest building in a major active seismic region; its structure was designed to resist an earthquake of 8.3 on the Richter scale. It consists of 73 stories above ground and two parking levels below ground. Construction was started in 1987 and was completed in 1990. The building was designed by Henry N. Cobb of the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and cost $350 million to build. It is one of the most recognizable buildings[citation needed] in Los Angeles, often used in establishing shots for the city in films and television programs.

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Torre Espacio, Madrit, Spain

January 15th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Torre Espacio (Spanish for Space Tower) is a skyscraper in Madrid, Spain. The skyscraper will be 236 metres (774 feet) tall and have 57 floors.

In November 2006, its structure surpassed the height of the Gran Hotel Bali, thus becoming the tallest building in Spain, although it has retained this title only for a short time (see below). The structure was topped out on March 19, 2007. On the night of that day, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, mayor of Madrid, attended a ceremony with fireworks to commemorate the event. With its 236 m, it also became the tallest structure in Spain, surpassing the telecommunications tower Torrespaña. However, Torre de Cristal, one of the neighbouring skyscrapers under construction at the Cuatro Torres Business Area, surpassed the height of Torre Espacio in April 2007.

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Torre de Cristal, Madrit, Spain

January 15th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Torre de Cristal (Spanish for Crystal Tower) is a skyscraper in the Cuatro Torres Business Area in Madrid (Spain), still under construction as of July 2007. With a final height of 249.5 meters, it will rank as the second tallest building in the country after neighbouring Torre Repsol. In April 2007, its structure surpassed the height of neighbouring Torre Espacio, for a while becoming the tallest building and structure in Spain.

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Torre Caja Madrid, Spain

January 15th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Torre Caja Madrid (Spanish for Caja Madrid Tower) is a skyscraper currently under construction located in the Cuatro Torres Business Area in Madrid, Spain. With a height of 250 m and 45 floors, it will be the tallest of the four buildings in the complex, just 89 cm above the Torre de Cristal.

Designed by Sir Norman Foster, it was first known as Torre Repsol and would have served as headquarters for Repsol YPF oil and gas company. During the construction of the tower, Repsol decided to change the location of its future headquarters and the finantial institution Caja Madrid purchased the building for €815 million in August 2007 .

It is being built by a joint venture of Dragados and Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC). Its completion is expected in 2008.

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Naberezhnaya Tower, Moscow, Russia

January 15th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Naberezhnaya Tower is a class A office complex consisting of 3 individual office buildings underconnected to each other via their first basement floor totalling approximately 150,000 square meters of rentable area (measured according to BOMA) of office and retail space and located on plot 10 in the International Business Center Moscow City in Moscow.

* Block A is 85 meters, 17 floors tall. Completed in 2004.

* Block B is 127 meters, 27 floors tall. Completed in 2005.

* Block C was completed in 2007. At 268.4 meters, this 59-story block is the tallest building in Europe.

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