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View Poll Results: Vote for your favourite under construction skyscraper!
Burj Dubai 51 27.13%
Shanghai World Financial Center 28 14.89%
International Commerce Center, Hong Kong 38 20.21%
Trump Tower, Chicago 32 17.02%
Flower of the East Hotel, Kish Island, Iran 39 20.74%
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Old April 6th, 2006, 10:49 AM   #41
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Still ICC
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Old April 6th, 2006, 05:48 PM   #42
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Burj Dubai no doubt
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Old April 6th, 2006, 06:21 PM   #43
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Very difficult to decide between ICC and Burj Dubai.... Burj Dubai has the slight edge being the wtb... so it got my vote
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Old April 7th, 2006, 05:45 AM   #44
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I prefer the simple but modern approach to the ICC than the complicated style of The Burj
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Old April 7th, 2006, 08:06 AM   #45
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Trump!
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Old April 7th, 2006, 08:13 AM   #46
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1) ICC
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Old April 7th, 2006, 11:53 AM   #47
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Burj Dubai, it has a more exciting design compared to the rest...
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Old April 7th, 2006, 02:53 PM   #48
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ICC
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Old April 7th, 2006, 04:40 PM   #49
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ICC, dominating tower.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 07:32 PM   #50
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Shanghai World Financial Center
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Old April 8th, 2006, 12:12 AM   #51
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Flower of the East!, Kish Island, Iran.
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Old April 9th, 2006, 12:58 PM   #52
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I was going to vote the Trump Tower because I liked the set-backs....then I looked at the Burj Dubai...and that has like 50 set-backs.

So I voted the Burj Dubai in the end.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 07:30 AM   #53
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Burj looks like a glassy version of a traditional New York brick skyscraper gone mad with setbacks.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 09:25 AM   #54
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For me it's International Commerce Center
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Old April 10th, 2006, 10:27 AM   #55
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SWFC and ICC.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 12:33 AM   #56
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KISHH!! lol
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Old April 11th, 2006, 06:24 AM   #57
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Developer bullish on foreign appeal of Shanghai's tallest building
Chief claims strong local support for controversial project

22 March 2006
South China Morning Post

The man putting up the world's tallest building in Shanghai said yesterday that many foreign investors wanted to buy equity and that it would offer a better rate of return than Tokyo's property market.

Construction of the 492-metre Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC), in the Lujiazui financial district, has reached the 31st floor - nearly a third of its 101 storeys - and is due for completion in 2008.

Mori Building signed the land use contract in September 1994 and started the piling work in October 1997. But it suspended construction in 1999 because of the Asian financial crisis, a downturn in the Shanghai property market and criticism from the government that the moon-shaped hole at the top resembled the Japanese flag.

The firm changed the design into a square, while the property market picked up, which persuaded it to resume.

"Supply in the high-end office market in Shanghai is becoming tighter," said SWFC chairman Hiroo Mori, son-in-law of Mori Building chief executive Minoru Mori. "Many clients have contacted us to lease. With the continued growth of the Chinese economy and the deregulation of the financial sector, we are convinced that 2008 is the right time to open."

He said that the firm's financial adviser, Morgan Stanley, had introduced to it many foreign investors interested in equity in the project.

"Our financial scheme is finalised. But if we have additional costs, we should consider additional equity," he said.

The project carries huge financial risk. Of the cost of US$1 billion, half is equity - 65 per cent from Mori and the rest from 30 other investors - and half is in syndicated loans from two Chinese banks and a Japanese bank, in yuan at an interest rate of 5 per cent to 6 per cent.

Mr Mori is betting that the banking, securities and insurance markets will be sufficiently deregulated by 2008 to attract enough blue-chip clients able to afford what would likely be Shanghai's highest rent.

The tenants in the HSBC Tower, another Mori-owned building, are close to 70 per cent Japanese and 30 per cent European and American.

"We hope the proportion of western companies will be much higher in the SWFC," Mr Mori said.

He said the cost of a 50-year land-use contract, was one tenth of that in Tokyo, the building cost similar and that revenue would be 66 per cent to 75 per cent of that in Tokyo. "So we will get a better return than in Tokyo," he said.

On completion, the SWFC will be the tallest building in the world in terms of used space.

Asked how a fiercely nationalist government could allow a Japanese firm to build Shanghai's tallest structure, Mr Mori said that while political relations between the two countries were regrettably poor, economic relations were very good.

"Our project has the strong support of the Shanghai and Pudong district governments. But they have not given us a guarantee that it will be the highest in five to 10 years."
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Old April 11th, 2006, 04:16 PM   #58
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Old April 13th, 2006, 12:24 PM   #59
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Old April 14th, 2006, 12:08 PM   #60
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Burj Dubai with ICC as second.
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