Super Skyscrapers

February 2014

The Billionaire Building

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Upon completion, One57, on Manhattan’s 57th Street will rise more than 1,000 feet, making it the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere and boasting spectacular views of Central Park. Condominiums at One57 showcase state-of-the-art interiors— double-height ceilings, full-floor apartments, bathrooms clad in the finest Italian marble and the finest material finishes.

The Billionaire Building - Preview

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Follow the teams tasked with creating New York’s most luxurious residential skyscraper.

The Vertical City

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Shanghai Tower isn’t just a skyscraper — it’s a vertical city, a collection of businesses, services and hotels all in one place, fitting a population the size of Monaco into a footprint the size of a football field. Within its walls, residents can literally work, rest, play and relax in public parks, looking up through 12 stories of clear space.

The Vertical City - Preview

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Watch the rise of a veritable vertical city, where tenants can work, rest and play within its walls.

Building the Future - Preview

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View a tower constructed off-site, then delivered to London to be stacked and bolted together.

Building the Future

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Commonly known as “the cheese grater,” the Leadenhall Building is the pinnacle of London’s avant-garde architecture. Designed as a tapered tower with a steel exoskeleton, it’s the tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the most innovative. The teams behind the Leadenhall project had to radically rethink every aspect of the traditional building model.

One World Trade Center

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One World Trade Center of the TV-show Super Skyscrapers was broadcast by PBS on Wednesday 5 February 2014 at 10:44AM.

One World Trade Center - Preview

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One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere and a famous modern landmark, is engineered to be the safest and strongest skyscraper ever built. This episode follows the final year of exterior construction, culminating with the milestone of reaching the symbolic height of 1,776 feet.


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As urban space shrinks, we build higher and faster than ever before, creating a new generation of skyscrapers. Super skyscrapers are pushing the limits of engineering, technology and design to become greener, stronger, smarter and more luxurious than their predecessors. This four-part series follows the creation of four extraordinary buildings.