7 Iconic City Skylines You Can View From Your Home

From Toronto to Sydney to KL to Chicago to New York to Dubai to Paris, here’s how you can own some of the world’s most iconic skylines as decals. Bon voyage!

Skylines make a city distinct and memorable. London, Toronto, Sydney, KL, Dubai, New York…these are a few cities with world-famous skylines. Come to think of it, skylines don’t just define a city; they also make people want to travel to it.

Some of us who have travelled to a city with a well-known skyline make it a point to return home with a memory of its skyline in one form or the other. Others with deep pockets and high ambitions look to create structures that will make their own cities proud owners of an iconic skyline the world will look up to, admire, envy, and talk about for years to come.

Truth be told, we’re connected to skylines in so many ways deep and hard-to-define in exact words. Put simply, skylines are an integral part of the urban human experience. That’s why we thought it a good idea to give you an opportunity to own a famous city skyline by shining the light on some of the most eye-catching ones we have in store for you. Welcome to the joyride.

1. O TORONTO:

The CN Tower is a 553.3 metre high concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Built on the former Railway Lands, it was completed in 1976, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure and world’s tallest tower at the time. It held both records for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower in 2010. It is now the third tallest tower in the world and remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, and a symbol of Canada, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.

2. OPERATICALLY SYDNEY:

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings Though its name suggests a single venue, the building comprises multiple performance venues which together are among the busiest performing arts centres – hosting well over 1,500 performances annually, attended by more than 1.2 million people. It is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, more than eight million people visit the site annually, and approximately 350,000 visitors take a guided tour of the building each year. On 28 June 2007, the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. TOWERING KL:

The Petronas Towers (also known as the Petronas Twin Towers) are found in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. The buildings are a landmark part of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.

4. GO CHICAGO:

The Willis Tower, built as and still commonly referred to as Sears Tower, is a 108-story, 1,450-foot (442.1 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, United States. At completion in 1973, it surpassed the World Trade Center towers in New York to become the tallest building in the world, a title it held for nearly 25 years and remained the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere until 2014. The building is considered a seminal achievement for its architect Fazlur Kahn. The Willis Tower is the second-tallest building in the United States and the 16th-tallest in the world. More than one million people visit its observation deck each year, making it one of Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations.

5. DAZZLING DUBAI:

The Burj Khalifa, known as the Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a mega-tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) including the antenna and a roof height of 828 m (2,717 ft), the Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest structure in the world. Another mega-tall structure to be found in Dubai is the Burj al-Arab, a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the third tallest hotel in the world. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.

6. NEW YORK STATE OF MIND:

The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco-style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City. At 1,046 feet (318.9 m), the structure was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.

The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture. In 2007, it was ranked ninth on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets in Midtown, Manhattan, New York City. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 m), and with its antenna included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931.

The Empire State Building is an American cultural icon and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the AIA’s List of America’s Favorite Architecture.

7. UNFORGETTABLE PARIS:

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
Constructed from 1887–89 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015.
The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris. Excluding transmitters, the Eiffel Tower is the second-tallest structure in France after the Millau Viaduct.

 

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Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.

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