Mankind has continued to show amazing innovation and progress through various means, whether it is the technology we use or the buildings we live in. Over the years, we have created many grand structures, and they keep getting grander by the year.
The 21st century has witnessed some of the most grand and expensive structures in our history. Here we will look at some of the most expensive to date.
Next to the Burj Khalifah, the Princess Tower is the second tallest building in Dubai and the tallest residential tower as of May 2012. Construction began in 2006 and was completed in July 2012. It is 414 metres tall and it’s estimated net worth is US$ 2.17 billion.
One World Trade Centre
Also known as the “Freedom tower”, the One World Trade Centre was built on the former World Trade Centre site in New York and was completed in 2014. It serves as a reminder of the former Twin Towers, which once stood in its place, as well as an industrial hub. It stands at a height of 546 metres and is estimated to be worth US$ 3.80 billion.
Opened in 2005, the seven-star Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi serves as the official guest palace of the Abu Dhabi Government. It was reportedly constructed with 13 different types of marble from China, India, Italy, and Spain, and 1002 Swarovski crystal chandeliers. It was built to showcase Arabian culture and hospitality. The palace is estimated to be worth US$ 3.90 billion.
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands is the most expensive resort ever built to date. Completed in 2010 the three interconnected towers contain a 2,561-room hotel, and a standalone casino. It is topped by a 340 Metre park that contains a 150 Metre infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform. It’s estimated worth is US$ 5.50 billion.
Abraj Al Bait
Standing at a height of 601 metres, Abraj Al Bait is the tallest hotel in the world. It is also the most expensive skyscraper ever built, with an estimated net worth of US$ 15 billion. Also called the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, the building was completed in 2012 and is part of a larger plan to modernise the city and to better cater to pilgrims. Its incredible cost is set to keep it as the most expensive skyscraper in the world for many years to come.
While these structures cost a pretty penny there is no denying the awe they inspire. And you can be certain that more buildings like these will be appearing to take our breath away in the future.