World’s tallest building tops poll

Burj Khalifa named more popular than the Chrysler Building and Colosseum

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is more popular than Rome’s Colosseum, New York’s Chrysler Building or the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, according to a poll conducted by real estate firm CB Richard Ellis.

The survey asked 10,000 people to name their favourite city, landmark, pastime and moments.

Among the survey’s highest scoring cities were New York, Paris and Budapest, with London winning the top place.

Judging the competition, Mike Strong, Chairman and CEO of CBRE in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the results revealed “fascinating trends”.

“The poll results reveal some fascinating trends; the world’s tallest building is more popular today than the Colosseum, which highlights the enduring relevance of the built environment,” Strong said.

“Every urban landscape has its own nuances, demonstrated by the huge range of entries we received, and as a company with global reach and thousands of local specialists, understanding what makes different cities tick is how we deliver depth of knowledge to our clients,” he added.

According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH), last year saw a 40% change in the world’s tallest ten buildings; a feat which has not occurred since 1930.

In 2010, more skyscrapers were completed than in any other year in history, including 66 buildings surpassing 200 metres.


In June issue of The Big Project we look at ‘The rise of the Supertalls’, including exclusive interviews with Burj Khalifa project director John Mills and CTBUH chairman Professor Sang Dae Kim.


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