Funny Facts About Skyscrapers

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was the world's tallest building when completed in 1889. It was built for the Universal Exposition to demonstrate that iron can be as strong as stone while being infinitely lighter. And, indeed, wrought iron tower is twice as high as the Washington Monument and masonry, however, that weighs 70,000 tons less! It is repainted every seven years, with 50 tons of dark brown paint.

The Housing Construction Insurance

Called "the father of the skyscraper," the Home Insurance Building was built in Chicago in1885 (and demolished in 1931), was 138 feet high and 10 stories. It was the first building to be used effectively to support a skeleton of steel beams and columns, allowing you to have many windows of traditional masonry structures. But this method of new construction made people worry that the building would fall, leading to the city to halt construction until it could investigate the safety of the structure.

The Chrysler Building

In 1929, the automobile magnate Walter Chrysler was involved in an intense race in the Bank of Manhattan Trust Company to build the tallest skyscraper in the world. Just when it seemed that the bank had captured the coveted title, workers at Chrysler Building kidnapped a thin needle hidden inside the building through the top of the roof to win the contest (subsequently lost the title four months later to the Empire State Building). Chrysler is also decorated their building to reflect their cars, with hubcaps, mudguards, and hood ornaments.

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is designed to be a lightning rod. In fact, it is struck by lightning about 100 times a year?

Citicorp Center

Citicorp Center in New York (915 feet, 59 floors, built in 1977) was the first U.S. skyscraper to contain a mass damper to swing control of the building. The structure was also the site of an upcoming disaster. During construction, instead of solder joints as specified, the manufacturer of the bolts. One year after completion, with the hurricane season fast approaching, the construction chief engineer discovered the change and realized the joints would be too weak to withstand hurricane force winds, which could lead to building collapse in a dense urban neighborhood. To correct the problem, a team of workers was hired to weld two steel plates inch thick in each of the 200 screwed. Six weeks on the job three months to repair the hurricane She was off the coast of North Carolina, heading to New York. Fortunately, a few hours before New York was the face of emergency evacuation, the hurricane turned toward the sea. This crisis was kept secret from the public for nearly 20 years.

Petronas Towers
Petronas Towers in the form of plants is based on an eight-pointed star, common in Malaysian Islamic patterns. The towers have many window cleaners windows to take a month to clean each tower! You can get a close look at the building in the movie Entrapment, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery.

The Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois

To strengthen the John Hancock Center against Chicago's famous winds, engineers included five enormous diagonal braces on the exterior walls of the building. These diagonal block the view of two windows on each floor. A rental agent intelligent, however, has made these windows without light a status symbol and it actually costs more money to rent these rooms!

Center First Interstate World

First Interstate World Center (Library Tower) in Los Angeles is only 26 miles from San Andreas fault and is designed to withstand an earthquake of August. 3 or higher on the Richter scale, with a massively reinforced central core and lighter columns around the perimeter. This design makes it flexible, so it can withstand the vigorous shaking from side to side without breaking, however, rigid, so that it can withstand the force of the wind.

Sears Tower

On a clear day one can see four states from the top of Sears Tower in Chicago: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. To ensure that your vision is clear, the building has six machines mounted robotic window washing on the roof.

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