Since the Chicago Home Insurance Building became the world’s first skyscraper in 1885, 170 super high-rise buildings have been built in the world, and Merdeka 118, the world’s second-tallest building, will soon be born in 2022. The height of the building is the key point. When will it end?
New York, NY (Merxwire) – Merdeka 118 is located in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. It has a total height of 644 meters and a total of 118 floors. The completion ceremony will be held on the 2nd of this month (December). The building will also surpass China’s Shanghai Zhongxin Building and become the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa (828 meters) in Dubai.
Human beings are born with an innate pursuit of heights, constantly conquering digital games, never-ending. However, to complete skyscrapers towering all over the world requires ambition, imagination, and a lot of engineering talent. Merdeka 118 uses a diamond-shaped glass facet design to cleverly integrate the diverse cultures of the Malaysian people into the building. Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob praised it as “a symbol of the future.” “Sex Tower”, he believes: “This is not only a great achievement in the engineering field but also an important milestone that further consolidated Malaysia’s status as a modern developed country.”
What exactly is a skyscraper? According to Wikipedia, a skyscraper refers to a large, high-rise building with a considerable height. At first, it was a building with 10 to 20 stories, but now it usually refers to a building with more than 50 stories. And as the buildings become taller and taller, the following grading systems have emerged: taller than 600 meters is called a giant skyscraper, such as the Burj Khalifah; height between 300 and 600, called a super skyscraper, Such as Shanghai World Financial Center, Taipei 101; height between 150 to 300 meters, called a skyscraper. Skyscrapers often become new landmarks in cities because they are highly conspicuous, and they also have the composite function of providing people’s living and working places.
The earliest skyscraper in the world began in the Home Insurance Building in Chicago, USA in 1885. The design and construction of this skyscraper have never been seen before. It uses stronger building materials than ever before, which ignited future generations of architects to build tall buildings. The ambition of the building. In fact, by current standards, the home insurance building is not high at all, with a height of 10 floors and a height of only 42 meters, but it has brought a new look to the city, innovative building technology, and building materials, and achieving more possibilities now.
With the expansion of cities and the shortage of land resources, buildings at high altitudes have become a modern trend, but do we need so many skyscrapers that soar to the sky? According to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030 Goal 11 in “Building cities and villages with inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable characteristics”, if we follow the definition of a sustainable city, “sustainable development is the satisfaction of contemporary needs, and will not sacrifice the needs of future generations.” Therefore, In addition to the digital competition, the significance of skyscrapers should also be considered. After all, architecture represents not only technological progress and national strength but also a way of presenting the future of human social life and living.