The Best Observation Decks with Stunning Views
The only requirement is you should not have Acrophobia, fear of heights.
Architects have spent years to reach stars with the construction of cloud piercing buildings featuring observation decks that offer stunning beautiful views of city. Here are the most impressive buildings that have equally awesome observation decks.
#1 At Top on Burj Khalifa
Standing at 828 meters, Burj Khalifa is best known as the World’s Tallest Building. It has three observation decks called At The Top located at 124th, 125th, 148th floors of the megatall skyscraper at a height of 452 meters, 456 meters, and 555 meters respectively.
Amusing thing: The cloud piercing Burj Khalifa is nearly three times as tall as Eiffel Tower. The weight of the concrete used to build Burj Khalifa is equivalent to 100,000 elephants.
Interesting facts of Burj Khalifa:
Architectural style: Neo-futurism
Architect: Adrian Smith
Construction Began: 6 January 2004
Construction Ended On: 1 October 2009
Opened on: 4 January 2010
Number of floors: 163
Height: 828 meters
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
#2 Top of Shanghai on Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower is a 632-meter tall skyscraper located in Shanghai, China. A series of floors located near the peak occupies the observation deck called Top of Shanghai. The Top of Shanghai at 118th floor opened to public since April 26, 2017.
Amusing thing: Elevators of the tower operate at a speed of 20.5 metres per second.
Interesting facts of Shanghai Tower:
Architect: Jun Xia
Construction Began: 29 November 2008
Construction Ended On: 6 September 2014
Inaugurated on: 18 February 2015
Number of floors: 128
Height: 632 meters
Location: Shanghai, China
#3 Canton Tower Observatory
Canton Tower is a broadcasting and observation tower located in Guangzhou. Set on the base portion of the antenna (at height of 488 meters), the open-air observation deck offers breathtaking views of the city.
Amusing thing: The tower features a horizontal Ferris wheel located on the edge of the roof, which is one of the highest Ferris wheels in the world.
Interesting facts of Canton Tower:
Architect: Mark Hemel & Barbara Kuit
Construction Began: November 2005
Inaugurated on: 30 September 2010
Number of floors: 37 & 2 basement floors
Height: Main tower – 448 meters and height of antenna mast is 146 meters
Location: Guangdong, China
#4 Lotte World Tower observatory
Lotte World Tower is a 123-floor skyscraper located in Seoul, South Korea. The uppermost floors of the tower used as observation deck. Opened in 2017, Lotte World Tower is the tallest building in South Korea.
Amusing thing: There’s a glass floor where visitors can directly watch the streets of the Seoul city.
Interesting facts of Lotte World Tower:
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Construction Began: February 1, 2011
Construction Ended On: December 22, 2016
Inaugurated on: April 3, 2017
Former name of the tower: Two Lotte World Tower
Number of floors: 123 above the ground & 6 blow the ground
Height: 500 meters
Location: Seoul, South Korea
#5 Tokyo Skytree observatories
Built in 2011, Tokyo Skytree has become a popular landmark of Tokyo as a broadcasting and observation tower. 634 meters high Tokyo Skytree has two observation decks located at a height of 350 meters and 450 meters respectively.
The spacious high lower deck located at a height of 350 meter can accommodate up to 2000 people. There’s a skywalk located around the upper observation deck which allows you to see unobstructed downward views of the streets.
Interesting facts of Tokyo Skytree:
Architect: Nikken Sekkei
Construction Began: 14 July 2008
Construction Ended On: 29 February 2012
Inaugurated on: 22 May 2012
Number of floors: 32 above the ground & 3 blow the ground
Height: 634 meters
Location: Tokyo, Japan