The world of architecture hasn’t escaped the competitiveness of humans. Billions of dollars are being spent to build the largest, most exquisite structures one can imagine.
In construction, the height of skyscrapers is most talked about. But the expense of building these extravagant skyscrapers is no joke either,
The following are the 15 most expensive buildings currently in the world.
15. Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Building the Wembley Stadium costs about $1.2 billion. The original Wembley Stadium was broken down between 2002 and 2003 and it was rebuilt in the year 2007.
The stadium is the second largest in Europe, and it can seat about 90,000 people.
14. The Palazzo, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Yet another expensive casino hotel cuts. The Palazzo was open to the public from 1999. It cost a whopping $1.5 billion to construct this luxury hotel. Canals run through the middle of the building making it live up to its Venetian name.
13. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei 101 was known as the Taipei Financial Center. It was once the tallest structure in the world. Its height is 508 meters, which makes it the second-tallest office building in the world. It cost a total of $1.8 billion to build Taipei 101.
12. Antilia, Mumbai, India
This is the only residence that has made our list. The Antilia is home to India’s richest entrepreneur, Mukesh Ambani. This structure has a total of 27 floors. The building cost around $2 billion.
The mansion has a snow room that releases artificial snow from the ceiling to escape the heat of Mumbai.
11. Princess Tower, Dubai, UAE
The Princess Tower is the second tallest structure in Dubai. It is 414 meters high. The building has 101 floors above ground and six levels below ground. There are all kinds of luxuries you can think of including a world-class fitness center, sauna, daycare center, gaming center, retail shops, and boutiques. This building cost $ 2.17 billion.
10. Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The Bellagio Hotel rose in the same place where once the Dunes Hotel and Casino stood.
The Hotel’s name and its style are taken from the Italian town of Bellagio. This hotel has 33-floors and a total of 935 rooms.
It is well known for The Fountains of Bellagio, which delight visitors with dancing water that set to music.
The Bellagio was completed in 1998, It cost $2.29 to build.
9. City of Dreams, Macau, China
The City of Dreams, located in China is another testament to the success of the gambling industry. This casino stands 538 feet tall. It features more than 500 gaming tables and 1500 machines.
It was completed for $2.75 billion in 2009.
8. Venetian Macau, Macau, China
Venetian Macau doesn’t stand much far from the City of Dreams. This casino was owned by the Las Vegas Sands and boasts the title of the largest casino on Earth.
It features over 800 gaming tables and 3400 slot machines. It was completed in 2007. the total cost was $2.97 billion
7. Wynn resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The Wynn resort was completed in 2005. Since then it has appeared in many films and TV programs set in Las Vegas. The resort occupies 215 acres. Its 614 feet with 45-floor structure bears owner Steve Wynn’s signature logo. It cost $3.26 billion to build.
6. One World Trade Center, New York, USA
This building is also called the Freedom Tower. One World Trade Center is a tribute to the lives and property that was lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The building was officially completed in May 2013. It has an antenna installed on top which brings the height of the building to 1776 feet.
The building cost $3.8 billion.
5. The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Another Las Vegas mega-casino and hotel. The Cosmopolitan encompasses two high-rise buildings that contain 3000 hotel rooms, casinos, restaurants, and stores.
The hotel was awarded by GoGoBot in 2013 as “The Best Hotel in the World.” Its Construction was completed in 2010, for $4.16 billion.
4. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Truly an exquisite luxury hotel, the Emirates Palace sits on a private beach surrounded by 210 acres of gardens.
The architecture includes 114 unique and decorative domes. The ambitious project was completed in 2005 and cost $4.46 billion.
3. Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Located on the island of Sentosa off Singapore’s southern coast, Resorts World Sentosa features a casino, theme park, and Marine Life Park. The Marine Life Park boasts the largest oceanarium in the world.
With a footprint that measures an impressive 121 acres, the complex was finished during 2010, for $5.38 billion.
2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
The world’s second most expensive building is also the world’s most expensive Casino.
The structure’s most striking feature is probably the 1100 feet SkyPark, which sits atop the three buildings that make up the resort and can accommodate nearly 4000 people.
The total cost of the complex was $6 billion when it was completed in 2010.
1. Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
The Abraj Al-Bait is the world’s most expensive building, or more appropriately a complex of buildings that is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
The Towers were built as part of a project that aims to modernize Mecca and provide excellent facilities to the thousands of Muslim pilgrims who arrive at the site every year.
The central tower of the complex, the Mecca Royal Clock Tower is a Fairmont Hotel that is the world’s fourth-tallest freestanding structure.
It also bears the largest clock face in the world and also the highest one, that is 1300 feet above the ground.
The total cost of construction of the building is estimated to be $15 billion.
These buildings are all worth marveling at with wonder and awe. They are all examples of how extraordinary the human capacity for imagination truly is.