As far as modern living goes, building higher and higher is one the trend du jour, with developers trying to (literally) outreach each other with every new project.
From Dubai to Hong Kong, the trend to build high has originated some stunning designs with even more stunning views from the apartments.
While London is currently set to be home to Western Europe’s tallest residential tower, it’s nearly certain Hertsmere House won’t be the last attempt at breaking that mark.
But even without adding prospective megatall towers into the mix, there are plenty already out there which will make you feel like you’ve got the world lying at your feet. They may be out of our price class, but one can dream!
The seven we chose below are some of the tallest in the world – but while Dubai’s architecture is no doubt amazing, we limited the list to one development per country, to allow for some geographical diversity.
432 Park Avenue, New York City, USA (425.5 meters)
The highest residential building in the Western Hemisphere towers over midtown Manhattan, dwarfing quite a few surrounding skyscrapers and standing even higher than the Empire State Building.
Just like from the legendary attraction, the views are something else entirely – on clear days, you can see as far as the Atlantic Ocean and Connecticut.
And if that, combined with the top class amenities, isn’t worth the top floor’s $95 million (€, £) price tag, we don’t know what is.
Princess Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (414 meters)
Everyone’s talking about record-breakingly tall Burj Khalifa, but the likes of Princess Tower are just as stunning, and the views are equally as grand.
As the city’s second-highest building, the tower is still only half the height of Burj Khalifa, but just as jam packed with luxury as everything else in Dubai seems to be and includes swimming pools, a gym and childcare exclusively for residents.
Sitting next to Dubai Marina, some of the flats also overlook the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah – amounting to 365 days of holiday feeling.
On a note: homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death in the United Arab Emirates.
Queensland Number One, Gold Coast, Australia (322 meters)
Measured to the tip of its spire, Queensland Number One – better known as Q1 – takes home the title of not just Australia’s, but also the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building.
Apart from overlooking the beach (and who wouldn’t like waking up to this view?), the iconic building offers its residents a fair few amenities and some lush landscaping – as well as an observation desk for tourists.
And yes, true to the Australian stereotype, amenities include barbecue facilities.
We’ve the Zenith, Busan, South Korea (301 meters)
Its full name – Busan Haenduae Doosan We’ve the Zenith – feels as long as the three towers are high, but the story behind the towers’ exterior is far more down to earth and traditional.
Inspired by the shape of flower petals, it was also influenced by the waves at Haeundae Beach and the rise of Mount Jang; combine it with landscaping done by SWA Group, who’re also responsible for landscapes in Disney World, and you’ve got a stunning piece of architecture.
Luxury is, of course, at the core of it all, and residents enjoy access to hobby and reading rooms, a soundproof room to practice music and a wine club. Oh, and did we mention the ballroom?
Aura, Toronto, Canada (272 meters)
Resting on a three-story platform of granite and glass, Canada’s tallest residential building casts it light over downtown Toronto at night, when the LEDs atop the 80-storey structure are lit.
Its glass-and-steel exterior stands out from similar towers making up the city’s skyline – and the interiors match the sleek first appearance – it’s all about standing out from the crowd.
From the penthouse suites to Aura’s amenities – including a billiard room, cyber lounge and party room with roof garden access – modern meets traditional designs to create a comfortable perch in Canada’s most populous city.
The Cullinan Towers, Hong Kong (269 meters)
Known as one of the world’s most outrageously expensive property markets, it comes as no surprise that Hong Kong’s tallest residential towers are the height of luxury.
Soaring into the sky from the banks of the city’s Victoria Harbour, the towers have been described as possibly ‘the world’s most expensive apartments’.
There’s no denying it’s for the super-rich: apart from sweeping views, the Cullinan boasts the most luxurious interiors, from the dazzling lights in the lobby to the gym, wine gallery and sauna room, everything’s as exclusive as it gets.
The Point, Panama City, Panama (266 meters)
Rising 266 meters into the sky, in what many perceive to be the prime location pf prime locations, the Point can be seen from nearly everywhere in the Panamanian capital.
Holding the title of the Western Hemisphere’s tallest all-residential building (for now), the tower is finished to high-end specifications, ensuring residents are as comfortable as humanly possible.
Paired with magnificent views over the bay, Panama City’s skyline and towards the Panama Canal, The Point has become the epitome of modern living in a South American metropolis.