With the rapid expanding of population growth along with the likewise rapid development and expansion of cities, the only way to go is up. World wide, man has begun to construct incredible feats of engineering and architecture in order to cope with the city space deprivation but question is – how much of these buildings are actually useable? Recently, there has been a revelation leaned towards the space-wasting of some of the tallest and most grand buildings built on earth. Vanity Height is simple “the distance between a skyscraper’s highest occupiable floor and its architectural top.”. The term was coined by the worlds leading authority on skyscrapers, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH for short). A research was performed in order to reveal the empty, unoccupied, unnecessary “vanity” space atop the world’s tallest towers, leading to surprising results like how almost all were built after the turn of the century.
We've collected the top 10 most wasteful vanity heights around the globe!
The original design of the structure set its height to be around 1,247 ft tall but due construction difficulties, it was lowered to a mere 315 ft of vanity – roughly around 25% of the originally planned height.
Boasting 56-floors and holding 400 rooms, the Jumeirah Emirates Towers is another tower from Dubai that is beautifully painful given the fact that 31% of the building’s upper portion is totally unuseable. Suddenly, your penthouse unit doesn't exactly sound too penthouse-y anymore.
Despite being designed by COOKFOX Architects to be one of the worlds most environmentally efficient and friendly buildings on earth, the 1,200ft tall mega-structure boast an incredible 36% of total non-occupiable height. Thats 1 tad bit more than one-third of the entire building.
Being aptly named on their website as “GREEDLAND PLAZA/ZIFENG TOWER”, the vanity in the building is no surprise. Despite providing its visitors with glorious views of the city, the 1,480ft tall tower is the first to hit our 30% mark with the upper portion of the tower being non-occupiable and entirely put to waste.
The Pinnacle is one of the three supertall skyscrapers in the city although none of its contemporaries makes CTBUH’s list. With 27% of non-occupiable vanity height.
The Minsheng Bank Building stands at 1,086ft and is the tallest building in Wuhan although the remaining 308.4ft starting at the buildings crown is empty, resulting in 28% of the building being useless. It even has 3 floors of space below the building. All we can ever ask is... why?