Today, a panel of architects ruled that the needle on the top of One World Trade Center — the new building erected at the site of the twin towers destroyed in the 9/11 attacks — can officially count toward the building’s height, making it the new tallest building in the United States. Apparently, the spire of the building has aesthetic value and is an integral part of the structure, as opposed to an accessory such as a radio antenna that can be raised or lowered at will.
This makes the new U.S. skyscraper one of the tallest buildings in the world. As architecture is a field that is both artistic as well as functional, you don’t have to be a Ted Mosby enthusiast to be interested in the discipline. Many of the finest structures around the world — now renowned tourist sites — once were designed with a specific purpose in mind as well.
From temples to castles to obelisks, the creation of structures and buildings has captured the innovative as well as the practical side of man for centuries. Let’s take a look at some of our greatest achievements in architecture to this date — the 7 tallest buildings in the world.