04 September 2015
Turns out it's not just lotto winners who are bursting at the seams with cash - real estate developers are too, that is if these fabulously expensive buildings are anything to go by. We've taken a look at the priciest buildings round the world, and trust us when we say that if they cost this much to build, you're going to need every penny of your lotto jackpot just to rent a square metre of space inside. We suggest getting tickets for this weekend's massive $133 Million USA Powerball draw!
There may be millions kept safe inside, but this building is worth all of them and more. A skyscraper of 1,200 feet, the Bank of America Tower cost a colossal $1 billion to build, and holds the title of being the third-tallest building in New York City, as well as the fifth-tallest building in the United States. It's eco-friendly, it's efficient, and it's the recipient of the 2010 Best Tall Building Americas Award as well. Looks like we've found a new place for you to do your banking!
Sure it's a train station - but take a look at its indoor cinema, shopping mall and hotel, and you'll immediately see that's it's a far from ordinary one. With a price tag of $1.25 billion, Kyoto Station is Japan's second biggest train station, and was built to commemorate Kyoto's status as the Heian capital, an occasion that took place 1,200 years ago. Today you'll find it one of the city's most striking structures, complete with a huge staircase, giant escalator, and floor to ceiling glass as far as the eye can see.
You'll probably already be familiar with Dubai's Burj Khalifa, a structure that comes in at number three on the list of the world's most expensive buildings - and number one on the list of the world's tallest. Constructed at a gargantuan cost of $1.5 billion, the Burj Khalifa is one of the most recognised silhouettes on the Dubai skyline, with 2,722 feet and 163 floors of luxury. A popular adventure sport destination for climbers and BASE jumpers, the Burj Khalifa has been immortalised in Hollywood history too, having featured in the Tom Cruise film, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. An added bonus is the fact that you're just a stone's throw away from some of the best shopping destinations in the world!
Meet one of the Seven New Wonders of the World - the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, previous holder of the title of World's Tallest Building, before the Burj Khalifa. Home to the Taipei Stock Exchange and other financial institutions, the Taipei 101 is earthquake-proof, typhoon-proof, and offers unparalleled views of the city below from its observation decks. No wonder it cost over $1.8 billion dollars to bring to life!
If you're looking at Mumbai, you're looking at the Antilla - one of the most luxurious and costly residences in the world. Coming in at an unprecedented $2 billion, the Antilla is home to 27 floors of lavish comfort, and 600 staff to help maintain it - but what else would you expect from a building dubbed "the Taj Mahal of the 21st Century". With so much to recommend it, this is no ordinary skyscraper - this is the opulent home that dreams are made of!