Human ambition knows no bounds, and often this reflects in the construction of buildings which inspire the awe of all. Here, we present some of the most expensive buildings in the world and features that make them different from all others.
5. The Cosmopolitan -
The Cosmopolitan is a luxury hotel and casino resort in the American city of Las Vegas. It is the fifth most expensive building in the world and costed a total of $3.9 billion USD. The project features a casino of 110,000 square feet, 2,995 rooms, a 40,000 square feet spa and casino, and retail and restaurant space of 300,000 square feet, and more. The Cosmopolitan was rated as the world’s best hotel in 2013.
4. Apple Campus 2 -
Though not yet opened, the Apple Campus 2 is planned to be the future headquarters of Apple Inc. in California’s Cupertino. The building is expected to be completed and occupied by early 2017. The unique design of the Apple Campus 2 was presented to the Cupertino City Council by Steve Jobs on June 7, 2011. The building is circular in shape and resembles a recently landed spaceship. Glass is used extensively in the construction of this building, and it occupies a total area of 176 acres. The Apple Campus 2 was a dream project of Steve Jobs who wanted the worksite to look more like a nature refuge than an office part. According to the plan, 80% of the site will be planted with fruit trees.
3. Marina Bay Sands -
Another building in Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands is the third most expensive building in the world with a construction cost of $5.50 billion USD. The Marina Bay Sands is a 2,561-room hotel that also includes a 120,000-square-metre convention-exhibition center and a massive 74,000 square meter mall. The complex also hosts two big theaters, a museum, several restaurants, a skating rink, two floating Crystal Pavilions, a 340-meter-long SkyPark, and a 150-meter infinity swimming pool. The Marina Bay Sands was thrown open to public on February 17, 2011. During this time, seven celebrity chef restaurants were also opened.
2. Resorts World Sentosa -
Located off the southern coast of Singapore on the Sentosa Island is the Resorts World Sentosa. The key attractions at the site include two casinos of Singapore, Adventure Cove Water Park, S.E.A. Aquarium, and the Universal Studios theme park. The S.E.A. Aquarium hosts the largest oceanarium in the world. Genting Singapore developed the$6.59 billion USD resort. The Resorts World Sentosa was opened on December 7, 2012, by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
1. Abraj Al Bait -
The Abraj Al-Bait is the world’s most expensive building or more appropriately a complex of buildings that is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The total cost of construction of the building is estimated to be $15 billion USD. The towers were built as part of a project, the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project, that aims to modernize Mecca and provide excellent facilities to the thousands of Muslim pilgrims who arrive at the site every year. The central tower of the complex, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower is a Fairmont Hotel that is the world’s fourth tallest freestanding structure. It also bears the largest clock face in the world and also the highest one that is 1,300 feet above the ground. The entire complex is located only a few meters from the most sacred site of Islam, the Masjid al-Haram. The entire complex has been developed by the Saudi Binladin Group. The base of the clock has an observatory deck, and a viewing deck is 1,831 feet above the ground just below the crescent.