The History of Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers are tall, multi-storied commercial buildings made up of an iron and steel framework. Any building ranging from 10-20 floors is labeled as a skyscraper, with advancements made in construction and qualifications skyscrapers grew to a 492-foot in minimum. The history of skyscrapers was etched when the first skyscraper was built in Chicago back in 1885.

History of Skyscrapers

The first ever skyscraper was Chicago’s home insurance building. It was finished in 1885 and has 10 stories that reached a height of 138 feet. However, the building was then demolished in 1931 and replaced with the field building which was an even taller skyscraper with 45 stories. Some of the most significant skyscraper structures that stood in the history of skyscrapers were;

History of Skyscrapers

Tacoma Building: In Chicago. This was constructed using a steel frame and a riveted iron and was designed by Holabird and Root; these were the major architectural firms.

Rand McNally Building: This is also in Chicago. This building was completed in 1889 and was built in a steel frame.

The Masonic Temple Building: Also in Chicago. It featured commercial, office, and meeting spaces and was completed in 1892. It was the tallest building in Chicago at that time.

Tower Building: This was in the New York City. It was completed in 1889 and was the first-ever in the history of skyscrapers as the first in New York City.

One of first skyscrapers in the history of skyscrapers, Masonic Temple Building
Flatiron Building New York City

American Surety Building: This building was made in New York City. It was completed in 1896 and was 30 feet tall and a 20-story building that broke Chicago’s record for being the tallest.

New York World Building: As the name suggests, it was also in New York. It was the home to the New York World newspapers.

Wainwright Building: It was in St. Louis and was a skyscraper designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan.

Flatiron Building: This building was present in New York City. It is a triangular building made up of the steel-frame marvel and still stands firm in Manhattan today. It was also made a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

Skyscrapers emerged all over the World and not only in the States. In fact, the history of skyscrapers is full of historical buildings but also modern skyscrapers. Illustrating human advancements, we observe how our construction modules changed dynamically. The way a skyscraper is built and the material used is now changed so much, that we can see larger buildings. All around the world, skyscrapers are now more about size and style than the simplicity they used to have. With advancements came problems as well such as how would they curb wind.

Modern Skyscrapers

As the world has been evolving over time, so is the history of skyscrapers in their concept and built up is changing. Modern Skyscrapers are built with steel and reinforced concrete frameworks that are curtained with walls of glass and in some cases polished stones. The modernization of Skyscrapers was made possible by the use of steel frames which were stronger and lighter in weight, this made the construction to become taller over time and the use of iron stayed in the history of skyscrapers. China is known to have the most number of skyscrapers and is rated at the number one position with a total of 2946 skyscrapers. However, if we talk about the tallest one UAE has it. 

Burj Khalifa The Modern Skyscraper

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa in the UAE is the tallest human-made skyscraper in the world. It is 828 meters tall (2717 ft.). It has not only broken the record of being the tallest building but has also become the tallest structure and a tallest free-standing structure, breaking all impressive records.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building’s construction began on March 17, 1930, and it was intended to be the world’s first building with 100+ stories. Its construction was completed in one year and 45 days and this broke records. It stands 1250 ft. tall and is currently the fourth tallest building in New York City and the 43rd tallest in the world.

Skyscrapers in Pakistan

Pakistan adopted the trend of the scene of skyscrapers very late than the world. Mainly the skyscrapers were all in Karachi, followed by a few in Islamabad. Later on, the heart of Punjab, Lahore espoused the idea of vertical development. To mark the name in the history of skyscrapers, Lahore is now developing luxury apartments within skyscrapers. United Lifestyle has been the very first real-estate development firm that is developing a skyscraper in Lahore.

The Skyscraper by United Lifestyle

One of the largest skyscrapers in Pakistan, United Lifestyle has a perfectly designed high-rise building. The building is not only aesthetically pleasing but also very well equipped with amenities. For instance, an RO water plant, 24/7 security surveillance, dedicated parking, and whatnot. The most luxury apartments in Lahore are offered within the skyscraper by United Lifestyle. The high-rise is equipped with a sky mall, sky gym, infinity pool, sky cinema, and a fine dining rooftop. It will definitely be considered as one of the best high-rise buildings in the history of skyscrapers in Pakistan.

The Skyscraper by United Lifestyle