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100 Towering Architectural Structures

From Intricate Transforming Towers to Wooden Skyscrapers

— June 27, 2013 — Art & Design
Architects are continuously striving to design buildings that are visually striking and impressive in form, and these towering architectural structures are some great examples of how skyscraper designs are being enhanced in all sorts of inventive ways.

With so many buildings and structures that exist side-by-side in metropolitan cities, it often becomes difficult to differentiate one from the other, but these towering architectural designs are standing out from the rest with their sky-high features and dominating appearance. From giant eco skyscrapers to turbine mega towers, these towering architectural structures are being built miles higher than your average building, allowing them to be easily seen from far away.

A fantastic way to make a statement from both below and above ground, these towering architectural structures will surely leave an impression on anyone who sees them.
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Socially Conscious Shrinking Buildings
Socially Conscious Shrinking Buildings
The Reverse Engineering Project Razes the Skyscraper Down
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99
Zero Carbon Commemorations
Zero Carbon Commemorations
One World Trade Center Will Be the Greenest Structure of Its Size
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98
Independantly Energized Ecotecture
Independantly Energized Ecotecture
Seattle Sets Bar With the 100% Self-Sustainable 'Bullit Center'
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97
Prefabricated Skyscrapers
Prefabricated Skyscrapers
Sky City Will Be Taller than the Burj Khalifa and Built in 90 Days
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96
Two-Faced Building Tiles
Two-Faced Building Tiles
UrbanTiles from Meidad Marzan Sustainably Light Up Skyscrapers at Night
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95
Earthquake-Proof Super Skyscrapers (UPDATE)
Earthquake-Proof Super Skyscrapers (UPDATE)
The Tokyo Sky Tree Tower Reaches for the Heavens
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94
Contrasting Crucifix Skyscrapers
Contrasting Crucifix Skyscrapers
The King Edward Tower by Maurice Shapero Boasts Religious Aspects
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93
Revolving Skyscraper Galleries
Revolving Skyscraper Galleries
Rotating Fashion Museum Offers an Exciting Visual Experience
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92
Scaly Silver Skyscrapers
Scaly Silver Skyscrapers
Addis Ababa United Bank Pierces the Clouds with Sharp Squamous Cladding
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91
Cavernous Skyscaper Concepts
Cavernous Skyscaper Concepts
These Concept Plans by SHoP Architects Call for Hollow Buildings
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90
Wondrous Waterfall Pillars
Wondrous Waterfall Pillars
The Olympic Tower 2016 is a Structure One Would See in Heaven
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89
Swiftly Constructed Skyscrapers
Swiftly Constructed Skyscrapers
Broad Group's Massive 'Sky City One' is Set to Break Records
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88
Floating Waterfront Museums
Floating Waterfront Museums
The Astrup Fearnley Museet is Set in Oslo's Canals
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87
Squared-Off Skyscrapers
Squared-Off Skyscrapers
The Eco-Friendly Urban Tree by Geotectura is a Real-Life Jenga Building
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86
Insect-Accommodating Abodes
Insect-Accommodating Abodes
The University at Buffalo's Skyscraper for Bees is a Towering Hive
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85
Super-Tall Spaceship Structures
Super-Tall Spaceship Structures
The CTF Tianjin Tower by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is Huge
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84
Suburban Skyscrapers
Suburban Skyscrapers
Skyburbs Brings Front Yards and Picket Fences to the City
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83
Desert-Dwelling Structures
Desert-Dwelling Structures
The Living Mountain Concept Counteracts Desertification
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82
Swollen Centred Skyscrapers
Swollen Centred Skyscrapers
Formal Hybrids NYC Relaxes its Rigid Frame for an Augmented Program
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81
Chinese Symbol Structures
Chinese Symbol Structures
The REN Building by Bjarke Ingels Group has a Harmonious Design
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80
Time-Lapse Construction Videos
Time-Lapse Construction Videos
One World Trade Tower Video Shows Rebuilding of the Trade Center
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79
Floating Squid Acid Absorbers
Floating Squid Acid Absorbers
The PH Conditioner Skyscraper Leaches Chemicals From the Atmosphere
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Spanish Spaceman Hotels
Spanish Spaceman Hotels
The Barcelona Space Hotel Aims to Bring Space Tourism to Spain
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77
Wooden Skyscrapers
Wooden Skyscrapers
The Cree Wooden Tower Would Be the World's Tallest Wooden Building
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76
Sky-High Urban Gardens
Sky-High Urban Gardens
Block H is a Slice of Nature Set in the Heart of Seoul's Business District
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75
Recycled Superstructure Designs
Recycled Superstructure Designs
The Scrap Skyscraper by Projeto Coletivo Finds Green Solutions
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Implanted Garden Skyscrapers
Implanted Garden Skyscrapers
The Som ‘Manhattan Loft Garden’ is Full of Life
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Staggered-Stacking Skyscrapers
Staggered-Stacking Skyscrapers
Peruri 88 by MVRDV, Jerde and Arup is a Vertically Piled City
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Frothy Architecture
Frothy Architecture
The Bubble Skyscraper is Inspired by Tehran's Soapy Shoreline
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Jaggedly Geometric Buildings
Jaggedly Geometric Buildings
The Solar Carve Tower Has a Striking Faceted Facade
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Skyscraper Vortex Photography
Skyscraper Vortex Photography
Vertical Horizon by Romain Jacquet-Lagreze Captures Hong Kong Sights
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LEED Gold Skyscrapers
LEED Gold Skyscrapers
Tallest Building in South America Set to Debut in 2012
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68
Sustainable Skyscrapers
Sustainable Skyscrapers
The Deloitte Centre is New Zealand's Greenest High Rise
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Anorexic Twin Towers
Anorexic Twin Towers
The Taiwan Towers Showcase the Past, Present, and Future of Taiwan
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66
Green Skyscraper Upgrades
Green Skyscraper Upgrades
Taipei 101 To Become World's Tallest Eco-Friendly Building
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Tetris-Inspired Banks
Tetris-Inspired Banks
Atelier Hapsitus Designs a Gamer Remodel for the BLC Bank in Beirut
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Water-Saving Condos
Water-Saving Condos
The Rain Collector Skyscraper Ensures We'll Never Go Thirsty
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Eco-African High-Rises
Eco-African High-Rises
Makeka Design Laboratory Designs a Sustainable Skyscraper for Cape Town
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Big Bird Buildings
Big Bird Buildings
The Urban Aviary is a Pigeon Sanctuary for NYC's Central Park
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Recycled Slum Skyscrapers
Recycled Slum Skyscrapers
The Tomorrow Skyscraper is Designed to Make Slum Life Safer
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Upside Down Skyscrapers
Upside Down Skyscrapers
The Earthscraper Will be Mexico City's Largest Subterranean Structure
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Sustainable Skyscraper Retrofits
Sustainable Skyscraper Retrofits
Empire State Building to Receive King Kong Size Upgrade
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Unconventional Timber High Rises
Unconventional Timber High Rises
The Wooden Skyscraper Proposal Could Change Stockholm's Skyline
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Half-Mile High Towers (UPDATE)
Half-Mile High Towers (UPDATE)
The First Image of Jeddah's Kingdom Tower is Released
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V-Shaped Skyscrapers
V-Shaped Skyscrapers
The VietinBank Business Centre Boasts an Energy Efficient Design
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Bubbling White Towers
Bubbling White Towers
DRA&U Architects' Wine Museum has a Strategic System of Capillaries
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Water-Purifying Skyscrapers
Water-Purifying Skyscrapers
Chilean Students Design a Highrise to Filter the Mapocho River
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Portable Skyscrapers
Portable Skyscrapers
The Transient Response System is a Mobile Emergency Shelter
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Mirrored Eco Skyscrapers
Mirrored Eco Skyscrapers
Bluarch's Entropic Inhabitation is a Mean Green Residential Tower
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Chinese Triplet Architecture
Chinese Triplet Architecture
Tianzi Hotel Has Three Men Towering Over China
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Leaning Triangular Towers
Leaning Triangular Towers
The Porocity Concept Receives Honorable Mention in the Evolo Competition
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Cocooned Architecture
Cocooned Architecture
The Nested Skyscraper is the World's Strongest Building
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Building Block Skyscrapers
Building Block Skyscrapers
Hans Hollein's SBF Tower is Precariously Original
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Dam Tower Structures
Dam Tower Structures
Yheu-Shen Chua 's Re-Imagining the Hoover Dam is a Daring Design
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Subtle Twin Skyscrapers
Subtle Twin Skyscrapers
Two Towers by MA2 Architecture Complement the Skyline of Shenzhen
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'Swiss Family Robinson' Zoos
'Swiss Family Robinson' Zoos
The 'Eco-Cliff' Zoo for the Buenos Aires Vertical Zoo Competition
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Sky-High Rooftop Gardens
Sky-High Rooftop Gardens
This Oasis Skyscraper Won the Taiwan Tower Competition
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Giant Eco Skyscrapers
Giant Eco Skyscrapers
Dubai's Blooming Tower Collects Water to Generate Energy
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Submerged Scrapheap Icebergs
Submerged Scrapheap Icebergs
The Lady Landfill Skyscraper is a Floating Recycling Tower
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Intricate Transforming Towers
Intricate Transforming Towers
The Hydropolis Skyscraper Embodies and Elaborate Structure
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Crystal Spire Skyscrapers
Crystal Spire Skyscrapers
R432 from Rojkind Arquitectos is a One-of-a-Kind High-Rise
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Glowing Invisible Skyscrapers
Glowing Invisible Skyscrapers
Korea's 'Cheongna City Tower' Will Blend with the Sky
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Sustainable Solar Skyscrapers
Sustainable Solar Skyscrapers
The Eco-Tower Building Has a Natural Ventilation System
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Towering Theme Parks
Towering Theme Parks
Ju-Hyun Kim's Awesome Design is More Than Just a Tall Tale
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Architectural Collages
Architectural Collages
Axis Mundi's Facade is a Confusing Wonder
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Sustainable Pyramid Agriculture
Sustainable Pyramid Agriculture
The Vertical Farm Project Could Chance The Face Of Farming Forever
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Sustainable Twin Towers
Sustainable Twin Towers
Vikas Pawar Designs an Eco-Friendly Set of Towers for Northern India
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Sinuous Vertical Skyscrapers
Sinuous Vertical Skyscrapers
Intricate Density Tower Was Conceived Through Inverted Urban Planning
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Super-Slim Skyscrapers
Super-Slim Skyscrapers
The Met Residence Wins World's Best Housing Development Award
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Sustainable Urban Skyscrapers
Sustainable Urban Skyscrapers
‘New York by Gehry' is a Massive Residential Eco Tower
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Air-Cleaning Algae Towers
Air-Cleaning Algae Towers
The City Respiration Skyscraper Can Eliminate Pollution in Just 2 Weeks
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Spiritually Intricate Skyscrapers
Spiritually Intricate Skyscrapers
The Namaste Tower by Atkins Design Studio is Inspired by Hands
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Sprouting Ciggy Hubs
Sprouting Ciggy Hubs
The Perpetuum Mobile Smoking Point Would Be Refreshing to Non-Smokers
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Mobile High-Rises
Mobile High-Rises
These Economy-Sized Portable Condos Can be Transported
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Human Biology Buildings
Human Biology Buildings
The Bonescraper has a Structure Inspired by the Skeleton
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Cracked High Rises
Cracked High Rises
Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas Design a Split Skyscraper for Shenzhen, China
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Sustainable Skyscraper Farms
Sustainable Skyscraper Farms
The Bio-Diversity Project Recycles Garbage into Edible Crops
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Instrument-Inspired Skyscrapers
Instrument-Inspired Skyscrapers
The Berimbau Eco-Tower is Modeled After Brazilian Musical Bow
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Perforated Skyscrapers
Perforated Skyscrapers
The O-14 Tower by Reiser + Umemoto Sports an Efficient Exoskeleton
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Stunning Razor-Sharp Structures
Stunning Razor-Sharp Structures
‘Dancing Dragons’ is a Gigantic Transparent Building
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Sound Sustainability Superstructures
Sound Sustainability Superstructures
Soundscrapers Could Be the Future’s Noise Pollution Sol
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Sleek Sloping Apartments
Sleek Sloping Apartments
West 57th Residential Tower by Bjark Ingels Brings the Future to NYC
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Sustainable Skyscrapers
Sustainable Skyscrapers
Nakheel Tower in Dubai Will Dwarf Other Buildings
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Four-in-One Hotels
Four-in-One Hotels
This Skyscraper by Hani Rashid Studio Offers Targeted Accommodations
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Floating Habitable Structures
Floating Habitable Structures
The Artificial Island Skyscraper Would Withstand Global Warming
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Turbine Mega Towers
Turbine Mega Towers
The Gullwing Twin Wind Towers is Completely Wind-Powered
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Multi-Story Urban Farms
Multi-Story Urban Farms
Vincent Callebaut's Farmscrapers are Designed Specifically for Shenzhen
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Bug-Styled Vertical Farms
Bug-Styled Vertical Farms
The Dragonfly in New York City
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Climbing Honeycomb Agriculture
Climbing Honeycomb Agriculture
The Prague Vertical Farm is a Sustainable City Skyscraper
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Scenic Green Skyscrapers
Scenic Green Skyscrapers
'Collage Scape' by Woo-Young is the Future of Urban Landscaping
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Plug-In Condo Complexes
Plug-In Condo Complexes
Mo. Ho. Mobile Housing Allows Your Apartment to Move with You
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Fluid Eco Skyscrapers
Fluid Eco Skyscrapers
Vahan Misakyan's Glistening Self-Sufficient Tower
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Dynamic High-Density Architecture
Dynamic High-Density Architecture
The CPSU Sky District Concept Encourages Circulation
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Sustainable Spiral Skyscrapers
Sustainable Spiral Skyscrapers
The Edgar Street Towers Feature Bio-Filtration
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Leafy Living Towers
Leafy Living Towers
The Tree of Life Skyscraper Provides a Complete Setting for Human Existence
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Biomimetic Architecture
Biomimetic Architecture
The Gherkin and The Swiss Re Tower in London
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Eco Intelligent Skyscrapers
Eco Intelligent Skyscrapers
Moving Buildings Will be the Future of Mangal City by Chimera
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Skyscraper Forests
Skyscraper Forests
'Logistic City' from JDS Architects is a Towering Man-Made Forest
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Touchscreen Skyrise Apartments
Touchscreen Skyrise Apartments
Monaco's Odeon Tower Will Feature Advance Architecture and Services
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Spiraling Auto Garages
Spiraling Auto Garages
The Car Park Tower by Mozhao Studio Wins Hong Kong Design Competition
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