The World’s Top 5 Skylines

Many of us walk past hundreds of buildings a day, yet we don’t always take time to look and marvel at our man made skylines. That ends now. Prepare to be awestruck by our top five skylines:


Singapore Skyline at night
Singapore Skyline at night – Image by Jo@net

One of the most striking skylines in the world, Singapore boasts 11 structures over 200 metres tall. The tallest buildings stand at 280 metres – the maximum height they can be and still fall within air traffic control restrictions! The skyline looks great at night and within view of the skyline is the Marina Bay Street Circuit, the perfect setting for Formula One’s first ever night race, which was held first in 2008.

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New York

New York Skyline
New York Skyline – Image by rakkhi

Possibly the most famous and iconic skyline in the world, New York has 48 buildings that stand over 200 metres tall. The four tallest buildings in New York were built in the early 1930s, and much of the skyline is instantly recognisable thanks to buildings like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty’s starring roles in the movies. New York has been home to no less than 10 buildings that have held the ‘world’s tallest building’ title at some point in history.

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Sydney Skyline
Sydney Skyline – Image by Corey Leopold

The Sydney skyline is one of the most distinct and easily recognisable on the planet with unique skyscrapers of all shapes and sizes . Sydney has eight structures over the magic 200-metre mark, plus it is home to Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world. Sydney has the largest skylines in Australia, although in the future all buildings are to be limited to a maximum height of 235 metres, due to the close proximity of Sydney Airport.

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Burj Dubai
Burj Dubai – Image by Leandro’s World Tour

Dubai is one of the world’s fastest growing skylines; all of its buildings taller than 200 metres have been built after 1999! It is home to the world’s tallest hotel building and has the second tallest residential building in the world. But why we really chose Dubai is because the city is home to the tallest building in the world; the Burj Khalifa or ‘Khalifa Tower,’ which stands at over 828 metres tall. It opened as recently as 2010 and looks more like a rocket launcher than a skyscraper!

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Millennium Wheel and boat
Millennium Wheel and boat – Image by Ben Sutherland

Ok, maybe a bit of a selfish and patriotic choice, but London does have one of the most impressive skylines in Europe. A mixture of old and new buildings, London has so many iconic pieces of architecture including the London Eye, the Tower of London, London Bridge and the Gherkin (or the Mary Axe Tower to use its proper name).

The highlight of London’s skyline is Canary Wharf, or One Canada Square, which was the tallest building in the UK from 1991 until 2010, when it was surpassed by the Shard London Bridge, which is currently under construction and is now the tallest building in Europe.

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