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View Poll Results: Where should skyscrapers be measured to?
to roof 41 63.08%
to spire 8 12.31%
to mast/antennae/spire 6 9.23%
to pinnacle 3 4.62%
to 120 collins st. style spire 1 1.54%
unsure 6 9.23%
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Old October 18th, 2005, 11:37 AM   #1
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Where should skyscrapers be measured to?

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Old October 18th, 2005, 03:44 PM   #2
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From the Ground Level (if not the lowest of the lowest basement) to the Highest Point.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 05:23 PM   #3
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Either to the highest occupable floor, or to the highest point, whether it's structural or not.

'Structural top' wasn't a bad way to measure until some ****twit decided that spires were somehow a structural, not a decorative element.
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Old October 19th, 2005, 03:06 AM   #4
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Roof but it could be Spire too provided that it is big enough.
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Old October 19th, 2005, 05:59 AM   #5
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There's no easy answer to this question. Roof height wouldn't work because some buildings have their roof hidden behind a fin (eg Q1) in which case the roof height has no relevance to the buildings visual impact.

I think it should be to structural top, but like Jasonhouse says, spires shouldn't be counted. But then for many buildings it's not clear where the bulding ends and the spire begins - eg Empire State Building, Taipei 101, Chrysler, which leaves it open to interpretation. I still think it'd be a more appropriate measure of building height anyway - anything to avoid this situation:

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Old October 19th, 2005, 01:39 PM   #6
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I have to say Roof top... watch, if the standard change to height to the roof top instead of spire, everyone would stop making spires, making spires just a cheating way. But, if the artictects still built spire after the roof is where skyscrapers are measure to, then...spires is just for decoration, nothing else.
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Old October 19th, 2005, 09:20 PM   #7
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To the roof, b/c that's where its should end.
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Old October 21st, 2005, 10:57 PM   #8
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I agree
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Old October 21st, 2005, 11:29 PM   #9
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The roof?
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Old October 21st, 2005, 11:56 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jasonhouse
Either to the highest occupable floor, or to the highest point, whether it's structural or not.

'Structural top' wasn't a bad way to measure until some ****twit decided that spires were somehow a structural, not a decorative element.
I agree
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Old October 24th, 2005, 06:54 PM   #11
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Should be the roof
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Old October 25th, 2005, 11:57 PM   #12
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The roof
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Old October 26th, 2005, 01:07 AM   #13
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ROOF ROOF ROOF !!!!!!!!!
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Old October 26th, 2005, 06:48 AM   #14
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To the highest accessible floor or deck.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 07:42 AM   #15
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For me, it's just the average between the 4 categories considered by CTBUH. I think this it's fair, considering spires have some visual impact in the skyline, but not as much as the roof height.
For example the World's 5 tallest according to this would be:
1. Taipei 101 - 475.5 (508+438+448+508)/4
2. Sears Tower - 460.58 (442+431+442+527.3)/4
3. Petronas Tower 1 - 414.40 (452+375+378.6+452)/4
4. Petronas Tower 2 - 414.40 (452+375+378.6+452)/4
5. Two International Finance Center - 409.6 (413.8+401.9+406.9+415.8)/4

Just worked for me
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