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Old August 11th, 2010, 12:29 AM   #101
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Old August 11th, 2010, 02:31 AM   #102
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Interesting how Liverpool, Stockholm and Madrid all claim to have had the first skyscraper in Europe!
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Old December 15th, 2010, 11:11 PM   #103
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So, we still havn't got all countries in the world have we?
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Old December 15th, 2010, 11:29 PM   #104
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Hotel Torni, Helsinki opened in 1931 and is 70m tall

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Old December 16th, 2010, 12:16 AM   #105
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No, it looks American. The stepped-back facade (NYC zoning influence), the stripped classicism of the main shaft, the use of a "crown" are all American details. The style of the ornament reflects traditional Spanish architecture.

I really don't understand why anyone would have a problem admitting American influence in for Christ's-sake skyscrapers! They bloody invented the things...
Oh brother. That style was simply the trendy design feature of the 1920s. It's to be found everywhere, not just in the United States. Set backs on buildings have existed for 2 millenia and it was incorporated into skyscrapers from Australia to Canada to the US. Next you'll tell me that automobiles are American.

Having influenced the development of something is one thing, saying it's American is quite another.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 12:36 AM   #106
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From wich year was the fully brick building in chicago? The one that started to sink on its own weight? I can't remember it's name bu t I read an article on it somewhere... I always thought that was the first highrise...
This is the one:

The Monadnock Building
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Monadnock Building

The Monadnock Building is a historic proto-skyscraper in the Loop district of downtown Chicago, Illinois. It is one of the tallest masonry load-bearing wall structures in the world, however Philadelphia City Hall holds the world title. It is located at 53 West Jackson Blvd.

The seventeen-story building stands 197 feet (60 meters) tall. The northern half was designed and built by Burnham & Root in 1889–1891; the southern half was designed and built by Holabird & Roche in 1891–1893. The building was designated a Chicago Landmark on November 14, 1973.

The northern half of the Monadnock represents the last Chicago skyscraper built using load-bearing wall construction; in order for the structure to support its own weight, the walls at the base of the structure are six feet (1.83 meters) thick. The building was so heavy that it sank into the ground after it was built, requiring steps to be installed at the entrances. The walls then curve in slightly at the second story, and flare out at the top of the building, lending it a form similar to that of an Egyptian pylon. Architect John Root's initial plans for the building included additional Egyptian embellishment, but the developer insisted that the building have no ornament.

The southern half of the building was built using the more technologically advanced steel frame construction, which allowed narrower piers and wider windows. The radical difference in construction between the two halves marks the building's place in architectural history at the end of one building tradition and the beginning of another. Upon completion, it was the tallest skyscraper in the world.

The building's name is taken from the New Hampshire mountain that gave its name to the geological term indicating a freestanding mountain surrounded by a plain.

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Old December 16th, 2010, 03:36 PM   #107
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In Italy the first skyscraper could be the "Torre Piacentini", Genoa. 108m tall, built in 1940.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 04:10 PM   #108
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Nice pictures!
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Old December 16th, 2010, 04:28 PM   #109
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The Monadnock Block is a very interesting building, thanks for posting the pics/info.

Is Torre Piacentini made with brick?
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Old December 16th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #110
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Is Torre Piacentini made with brick?
no, it's in reinforced concrete.
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Old December 19th, 2010, 07:15 PM   #111
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KUALA LUMPUR
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 11:37 PM   #112
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Caracas - Venezuela

Venezuela's first skyscrapers were the towers of Simon Bolivar center, located in Caracas, at the end of the Bolivar Avenue, and between the two towers, a great place to celebrate that the city already had one million inhabitants. Twin towers are 103 meters, opened on December 6, 1954.









At present, the Chavez government has badly damaged the complex.


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Old January 4th, 2011, 12:02 AM   #113
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I guess that the first skyscraper in Italy is TORRE LITTORIA in Turin, designed and built during the fascist era!
Designed in 1933 and build in 1934
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Old January 4th, 2011, 12:23 AM   #114
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Simon Bolivar center looked really really great in the old days!
Reminds me of the Martini tower and shopping mall in Brussels wich is sadly demolished...

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Just like the Simon bolivar center they didn't cared for it untill it got broken down...
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Old January 4th, 2011, 02:18 AM   #115
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Uauuu... that's sad...
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Old January 4th, 2011, 02:53 AM   #116
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Silly what some guys here declare as a "skyscraper"..
For me those just start at 100 m.

Germany had nummerous high rises below that height since 1915.

The first real skyscraper though with a height of over 100 m was
the "Friedrich-Engelhorn-Hochhaus" in Ludwigshafen at 102 m, build 1957:

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Old January 4th, 2011, 03:25 AM   #117
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I wonder what a "Skyscrapper" would look like....
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Old January 6th, 2011, 08:00 PM   #118
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KOMTAR was built before that! and is the 1st building in malaysia to pass the 200 m mark

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KOMTAR
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Old January 7th, 2011, 07:27 AM   #119
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I wonder what a "Skyscrapper" would look like....
I admit I have a laugh everytime I see that word!
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Old January 7th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #120
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I admit I have a laugh everytime I see that word!
I couldn't change it aftherwards...it was a typing mistake. Change it for me if you want...
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