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Old January 6th, 2009, 09:09 AM   #1
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Your First Skyscraper

Who remembers the first skyscraper, or even high-rise that they saw?

Was it the defining moment that got you interested in skyscrapers?

Mine is this building in Hamilton, NZ. I was probably about 4 years old and thought it was just amazing.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 02:35 PM   #2
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Old January 6th, 2009, 02:40 PM   #3
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For me it's that long building in toulouse, it's not a skyscraper but my grand mother used to live on the 15th floor and I loved the view of the city and looking down

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Old January 6th, 2009, 11:26 PM   #4
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My first skyscraper (s) (I was about six/seven years old -1987-1988)
Marriot Hotel and Elektrim Tower (oxford Tower) in Warsaw
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Old January 7th, 2009, 05:27 AM   #5
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This is a cool thread.

The first skyscraper I distinctly remember seeing was the Harbour Centre in Vancouver, Canada. I was 4 years old and it was probably the tallest building I had ever seen at that time.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 06:29 AM   #6
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First skyscrapers i remember were the World Trade Centers when i was youngin going to see family in New York
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Old January 7th, 2009, 07:18 AM   #7
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The Maritime Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia is probably my first. My dad used to work ont he 13th floor when I was little.


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Old January 7th, 2009, 07:26 AM   #8
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My very first highrise came to be Cosmos Hotel in Moscow:

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Old January 7th, 2009, 03:07 PM   #9
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TV Tower in Berlin ( 368m )...i was 3 years old.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #10
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I didn't see it in real life but pictures of WTC NYC were enough to fall in love. My brother wanted to build it with lego but it turned out to be too expensive.
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Old January 11th, 2009, 01:48 AM   #11
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The first time i was intersted was the first time i drove through Hartford the buildings just amazed me.
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Old January 11th, 2009, 02:04 AM   #12
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How can I forget it! It was the building of the ministry of foreign affairs in Ankara. My mom worked there and on the top of the building there was a restaurant without walls just glass so that I had a panorama view on the city! I went so often so this restaurant and bought something to eat just in order to be on th top of the buildings! I was 7-8.

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My second love was the student dormitory in Ankara. It is just about 90m but it looked so tall for me back then. It was on the way from school to my home and everyday there was traffic jam so that the school bus stood in front of it for several minutes and I tried to count the floors. I always asked if it was higher than the building of foreign ministy.

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Old January 11th, 2009, 04:46 PM   #13
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interesting thread. here's my story, i live in a small town in the phils. first time i went to Manila, the capital, there were tall buildings everywhere and my face was literally stuck on the car window. the final blow was when we went to Hong Kong. ive been dreaming and drawing tall buildings ever since.
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Old January 12th, 2009, 01:00 AM   #14
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My story starts when I was 6 years old...A 57 meters tall church was constructed and the crane was lifting the roof with the cross up...And I was so impressed with that huge crane and that big piece of building up there...And from then I'm in love with the architecture and buildings and cranes, etc...Now I'm on the way to become an architect...

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Old January 12th, 2009, 01:42 PM   #15
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I guess it was this one in Hengelo, The Netherlands:



or this one in Enschede, The Netherlands:

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Old January 12th, 2009, 06:10 PM   #17
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When I was growing up this was the only real tower around. It's no longer the tallest building in the city but it's still an icon.

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Old January 12th, 2009, 06:32 PM   #18
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In 1997, I didn't care much about skyscrapers untill I saw the Transamerica Pyramid in SF.


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Old February 13th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #19
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The Menara Maybank in Kuala Lumpur has been one of my favorite skyscrapers, since I watched it grow from the construction phase until completion in 1988 (I was only nine years old at the time!)...
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Old February 14th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #20
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My first hi rise experience was the Haifa university tower. its about 40 stories high, but its also on top of the Carmel ridge, about 400 meters above the sea.
beautiful view. Must remember to go there and do some panoramic shots of Israel.

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