China, already home to four of the top 10 tallest buildings in the world, is now home to the world's second tallest building, the Shanghai Tower, standing at 632 metres. That takes China's dominance of the world's 10 tallest buildings club to 50 per cent.
To be sure, the tower had been completed two years back but bureaucratic delays had prevented it from opening its doors, quite literally, to tenants. While the economy may still not be out of the woods, it certainly negates Andrew Lawrence's skyscraper index theory - of ultra-tall buildings being harbingers of economic gloom.
At $2.4 billion dollars, the building is the most expensive ever built in China. That raises the question: can India afford to build a skyscraper, as dreamt of by Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, who intends to build an edifice taller than Burj Khalifa.
Often, a skyscraper & a high-rise are terms used interchangeably, but a high-rise is more than a few metres short of being a skyscraper. So yes, while all skyscrapers are high-rise buildings, not all high-rise buildings are skyscrapers.