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6 Guinness world record-holding buildings

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Architectural design has undergone a remarkable transformation over the centuries, driven by advances in technology, changing societal needs, and the unrelenting human quest for innovation. Buildings have always been a reflection of the era in which they were constructed. As design techniques and materials have evolved, so too have the possibilities for creative expression and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Today, the boundaries of architectural possibility are being pushed to new extremes, as designers and engineers strive to create structures that are not only aesthetically striking but also record-breakingly remarkable.

Here are 6 buildings that have earned Guinness world records.

 Surat Diamond Bourse, Gujarat

The Surat Diamond Bourse holds the title of the world’s largest office building, surpassing the Pentagon and earning a Guinness World Record. Designed by Morphogenesis, it sets new benchmarks for building performance and energy efficiency while promoting decentralised development. Covering a 36-acre site with 7.1 million square feet of built-up space, it accommodates 65,000 diamond industry professionals. The building’s sustainable design includes a north-south orientation and narrow floor plates, ensuring that 75% of offices receive natural light. All community spaces are passively cooled and naturally ventilated, utilising the Venturi effect to enhance airflow in circulation areas.

Steinway Tower, New York

Steinway Tower stands out in New York City as the world’s most slender skyscraper. Known as 111 West 57th Street, it reaches 1,428 feet in height with a width-to-height ratio of 1:23, adding a remarkably thin profile to the Manhattan skyline. Finished in 2021, the tower merges modern architecture with historical elements by incorporating the original 1925 Steinway Hall at its base. The facade, composed of terracotta, bronze, and glass, offers a dynamic texture that shifts with the light. The terracotta blocks are arranged in a wave-like pattern, producing a moiré effect that changes with lighting and perspective. The building includes 60 luxury residences, all with views of Central Park and beyond.

Maraya Concert Hall, Saudi Arabia

Maraya Concert Hall in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, holds the Guinness World Record for the largest mirrored building, with 9,740 square metres of mirrors reflecting the surrounding landscape, including the UNESCO-listed Hegra region. Maraya,meaning “mirrors” in Arabic, blends modern and traditional elements inspired by the Nabataean civilization. This cube-shaped structure, accommodating up to 500 guests, integrates seamlessly with its environment, highlighting the connection between humanity and nature.

Central Park Tower, New York

Central Park Tower in New York is the world’s tallest residential building, standing at 1,550 feet. It houses 179 luxury residences and features a seven-story, 285,000-square-foot retail space. Developed by Extell Development Company and completed in 2022, the tower’s cantilever design provides exceptional views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Its sleek glass façade and innovative engineering mark it as a significant addition to New York’s skyline, setting new standards for residential living in Manhattan.

Apple Headquarters, California

Located in Cupertino, California, the Apple Headquarters known for its circular shape, is often called the “spaceship.” Covering 175 acres, it’s the world’s biggest solar-powered building, with 17 megawatts of rooftop solar panels meeting most of its energy needs. Its design focuses on sustainability, using natural ventilation and LED lighting to save energy. The campus includes a large fitness centre and green spaces with drought-resistant plants making it a leading example of eco-friendly corporate architecture.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

The Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the tallest building in the world, standing at a height of 828 meters (829.8 meters with its spire). Completed in 2010, it had 163 floors above ground and 2 below. The building serves multiple purposes, including residences, hotels, offices, and broadcast transmitting stations. It also features two observation decks, at 448 meters and 555 meters, the latter being the highest observation deck globally. The Burj Khalifa is expected to retain its title as the world’s tallest building for at least the next couple of years. It is a major attraction in Dubai, offering stunning views of the city from its top observation deck.