The Most Expensive Buildings In The World

Impressive structures are everywhere to be found today. Architects are now more than ever breaking records and going to places we couldn’t have imaged just 50 years ago. Skyscrapers, hotels, parks, stadiums, and museums are leaving us breathless with the ingenuity, cleverness and flat-out grandeur of their design and the boundaries these amazing structures are breaking.

Creating buildings like this is not cheap at all. Sometimes, one of the most amazing aspects of a site is the amount of money it took to make it a reality and how the value reflects upon the architect’s creation.

Today in Kenny Slaught’s Blog, we want to take a look at some of the priciest buildings in the world and the details behind their construction.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Princess Tower, US$2.17 Billion

The Princess Tower in Dubai was not only the tallest apartment building in the world until 2015, but it was also the second tallest in the city, surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa. Syed Majid Hashmi was the Chief Structural Engineer and the Eng. Adnan Saffarini Office was in charge of the design. The building has 763 apartments, 957 underground parking bays, eight retail stores and 13 lifts.

Macau, China, City Of Dreams, US$2.40 Billion

The City of Dream is a Casino-Hotel in Macau comprised of four towers: The Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers Hotel and two towers that make the Grand Hyatt Macau. City of Dreams has 39,000 m2 of gaming space with 450 gambling tables and over 1500 machines; there are more than 20 restaurants and bars, including one of the largest in the whole city. The agencies Arquitectonica, Leigh & Orange, Jon Jerde and Zaha Hadid have participating in building the City of Dreams.

Macau, China, Venetian Macau, US$2.40 Billion

The Venetian is the world’s largest Casino with an area of over 98000 m2 and also Asia’s largest hotel. Luxury is the word to describe this breath-taking structure built by Aedas and HKS, Inc, two of the world’s most renowned architectural firms. 3400 slot machines and 800 gaming tables can be found here as well as ample space for plays and theater presentations.  

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Las Vegas, United States, Wynn Resort, US$2.70 Billion

The Wynn is a luxury resort and casino located in Las Vegas. The place is considered to be one of the best hotels in the world and it has received the AAA five diamond, Forbes five-star, Michelin five stars, Mobil five-star and Zagat Survey Top U.S. Hotel. The hotel has 49 floors and 2,716 rooms. The Wynn is also the first resort to include a luxury car dealership. The dealership includes Ferrari and Maserati brands.

New York, United States, One World Trade Center, US$3.80 Billion

The One World Trade Center is the tallest skyscraper in the United States with 104 stories and standing 1451 feet tall. David Childs is responsible for the design of this steel-framed, concrete-core giant. The building houses the 9/11 Memorial Museum and connects to the New York Subway, the ferry terminal and the WTC transportation hub.

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Las Vegas, United States, Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas, US$3.90 Billion

Another resort and casino from Las Vegas makes it into the list, this one constructed by Germany-based Deutsche bank. The resort opened its doors on December 15, 2010, and consists of two high-rise towers, the Cosmopolitan Casino Spa Tower and the Cosmopolitan Casino Beach Club Tower. Both buildings are 184 meters tall.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates Palace, US$3.90 Billion

The Emirates Palace is the second most costly hotel that has ever been built in the whole world. Owned by the Abu Dhabi government, it is the hotel where they house their official guests. British architect John Elliott design this beautiful hotel surrounded by over 80 hectares of amazing gardens.

Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, US$4.93 Billion

We can see a trend in the list by now, and here we continue with another casino that is considered number three in the world’s most expensive. The structure has a casino, hotels, restaurants, and many other attractions. The resort is also home to the biggest oceanarium in the planet, an 8-hectares area that houses 100,000 marine animals. There is also the Universal Studios amusement park inside the property.

Marina Bay, Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, US$5.5 Billion

The Marina Bay Sands is the world’s most expensive resort ever built and one of the most popular tourist attractions of Singapore. Marina Bay Sands is made of three 55-floor buildings topped by the Sands Sky Park. Located over 200 meters above the ground, the Sky Part offers a great view of the city and also houses the largest elevated swimming pool on the planet.

Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Abraj Al Bait, US$15 Billion

With a total of 120 stories, the Abraj Al Bait is the world’s most expensive building. This hotel attracts the pilgrims that come to Mecca to observe Hajj. The Abraj Al Bait has the world’s largest clock face and is also considered number three in the list of the world’s tallest buildings.


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