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Old March 4th, 2009, 05:23 AM   #1
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Narrowest/skinniest highrises in the world?

I was wondering if anyone knew what the minimum width and length structural requirements were for a given height of a highrise. I know there was another thread on narrow skyscrapers, but that seem to focus on buildings with narrow widths but huge lengths. The narrowest buildings I've ever seen were in Hong Kong. For instance, is it possible to build a say 20ft x 20ft building 300 feet tall? I'm just thinking that if I'm ever rich, I'd want to spend my money making a tall house like that rather than a rolling estate. Maybe if you only develop the upper floors the structure is much easier to build? e.g. the first 250ft would just be like a radio tower base, the last 50 feet would be 4 20x20 floors....

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Old March 6th, 2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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Not sure about your actual question (you'd probably have to learn architecture and engineering for that), but these two are certainly contenders for the title. How convenient that they're right next to each other...

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Old March 6th, 2009, 07:11 PM   #3
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Maybe Imperium Tower in Zagreb (Croatia) U/C

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Old March 6th, 2009, 08:26 PM   #4
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I believe One King West in Toronto was the slimmest tower when it was completed a few years ago.

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Old March 6th, 2009, 09:49 PM   #5
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What are the requirements though? Like, over 10 floors or a certain height or something?
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Old March 7th, 2009, 12:14 AM   #6
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Symphony Center, Chicago (from http://chicagoarchitecture.info/Arch...hicago/CAI.php)


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Old March 7th, 2009, 12:34 AM   #7
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I believe One King West in Toronto was the slimmest tower when it was completed a few years ago.
Although a large portion of its bulk is hidden within the adjacent building at the base. For height to width ratio it's probably Highcliff in HK or some other pencil tower.

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It's next door neighbour, the Summit, has got to be a contender too.
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Hundreds of buildings in NY.
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Old March 8th, 2009, 08:57 AM   #10
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Old March 9th, 2009, 05:57 AM   #12
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If its examples of buildings with a narrow length AND width you be after, then here is a model of a proposal from Sydney a couple of years back which is pretty extreme. Shame it was rejected, cause if actually built it would have been one absurdly skinny skyscraper:

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at 150m and floors only 10mx10m (100sqm), would have easily been australias thinnest skyscraper.
planners said it looked silly so knocked back to half the height (same as hunter connection), but developers said it lost its novelty factor and walked.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 03:04 AM   #13
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Old March 11th, 2009, 09:23 AM   #14
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Oh yes, good one - forgot about that.
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Hundreds of pencil towers in Hong Kong.

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Old May 5th, 2009, 09:49 AM   #16
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Wow, highcliff is ridiculously skinny. The Sydney one looks good, weird that the planners don't like them slender....

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Old May 5th, 2009, 10:44 AM   #17
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I think that it all has to do with perception. The tower in the picture above doesn't look that skinny to me based on its height. If it was 20-30 stories taller it would look super skinny.
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785 Eighth Avenue, NYC

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What is that? Is it U/C?
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What is that? Is it U/C?
785 Eighth Avenue Actually it is already completed. Its a 40 story condo


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