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Old January 8th, 2020, 03:52 AM   #1
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Best Skyscraper Spires/Antennae

Many skyscrapers sport a decorative spire or a functional antenna mast. Sometimes, a spire that was meant to enhance the appearance of a skyscraper ends up detracting from its look; on the other hand, some antennae actually add to a skyscraper's design as well as serve a practical purpose.

Here, you can post pictures of your favorite spires and antennae. I'll probably make another thread for the ugliest spires/antennae if I deem it to be sufficiently uncontroversial.

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Sears Tower, Chicago:

Sears Tower by Paul Sableman, on Flickr
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Can't forget probably the most famous spire of all time, on the Empire State Building! A timeless classic, and an everlasting symbol of New York.

Empire State Building, New York City
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Old January 8th, 2020, 04:30 AM   #3
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That's actually an antenna on top of a spire.
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Old January 8th, 2020, 07:31 AM   #4
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Easy call, the Chrysler Building, NYC.

Chrysler Building study by Charles Kyriazos, on Flickr
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Reunion of these WTB wouldn't be complete without this corn twins lol

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Now all someone has to do is plug in the Taipei 101 and Burj Khalifa and we'd be done!
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Old January 8th, 2020, 06:32 PM   #7
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All of 7 sisters in Moscow have decent spires, although only two of them qualifies as skyscrapers (Moscow State University - 240m and Hotel Ukraina - 206m).



Those were built mostly in 1950-1954.

Two recent buildings built in neo-stalinist style also have harmonic spires:

Triumph Palace (264m)



Oruzheiny (121 m)

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Old January 8th, 2020, 07:20 PM   #8
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We don't have to go by the World Development News definition for skyscraper here, I'm willing to accept anything that's decently tall and has a steel structure . . . or whatever the requirements for a skyscraper are.
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Old January 9th, 2020, 07:46 PM   #9
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UniCredit Tower / Garibaldi Tower, Milan
231 m

The tower had a strategic position (Gae Aulenti Square) in the urban redevelopment project of Porta Nuova area in Milan. The spire, entirely covered with LED, is a tribute and modern interpretation of the Duomo's highest spire (the Duomo is the main symbol of "ancient Milan"). It can take on different colors depending on the recurrence (eg. Christmas), celebrations (eg. Gay Pride) or special events (eg. terrorist attacks). Both the tower and the spire have become the symbol of "modern Milan".


Milano - Torre Unicredit by Andrea Giovanni


Wood Versus Glass by Giacomo Giardina


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UniCredit, you go and teach the Varso Tower a lesson on how super-tall spires are properly done!

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Is that not a crown? There's already another thread for crowns: DISCUSS: Best Skyscraper Crown.
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does Burj Al Abraj Royal Clock Tower count?


If not I also really like the Top of Zifeng. The whole design feels like it is build around the idea of a spire

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UniCredit, you go and teach the Varso Tower a lesson on how super-tall spires are properly done!


Is that not a crown? There's already another thread for crowns: DISCUSS: Best Skyscraper Crown.
Oh ok, now I get it, what's actually called the spire is the very thin thing above the second tallest triangle which rise at 231 m whereas the crown is at 225 m. So yes, you're right, it would be more appropriate in this thread, but there is still a spire (quite ridiculous though ) !
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I noticed that too, but I wasn't sure if that was what you wanted to emphasize!

But why would they even do that?
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I don't know, it's weird, it doesn't serve any purpose and it's too small to be relevant in terms of aesthetic. There was supposed to be a larger spire in the original project but they cut it out. I think this one would have been nice.

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