World Records: Buildings


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There are world records out there for the strangest things, and the "buildings" category is no exception. How much do you know about the world's structures?

The Burj Khalifa, a skyscraper in Dubai, is the world's tallest building. How tall is it?

The Burj is 2,717 feet (828 meters) tall -- that's 163 floors.


The tallest Lego structure ever built was completed in 2012. Can you hazard a guess as to how tall it is?

Hundreds of children helped build the 114-foot (35-meter) Lego building in Hungary.


A library in China holds the world record for "highest library." Exactly how high is this library?

Nope, it's not on a mountain somewhere, as one might think. The highest library in the world is on the 60th floor of the JW Marriott Hotel in Shanghai. It's 757.5 feet (230.9 meters) above sea level.


The biggest mud building in the world is the Grand Mosque in Djenne, Mali. What are its dimensions?

The Grand Mosque is 328 feet (100 meters) long and 131 feet (40 meters) wide.


How many square feet comprise the largest commercial building in the world -- the flower auction building in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands?

The building is a whopping 10.7 million square feet (1 million square meters) -- almost 186 football fields. We can't even begin to imagine how many flowers that means.


How long is the longest bridge in the world -- the Second Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana?

The Lake Pontchartrain bridge -- which connects the towns of Mandeville and Metairie -- is 23.87 miles (38.41 kilometers) long.


There is a working postbox resting on the floor of Susami Bay, Japan. How deep underwater is it?

The postbox is 33 feet (10 meters) underwater. Divers can leave water-resistant postcards there which are collected and delivered every few days.


How much marble does the heaviest building in the world contain? (If it helps, it's the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania.)

The palace features 3.5 million cubic feet (1 million cubic meters) of marble plus 1.5 billion pounds (700,000 metric tons) of steel and bronze, 7.7 million pounds (3,500 metric tons) of crystal glass and 31.7 cubic feet (900,000 cubic meters) of wood. We have absolutely no idea what that adds up to.


The heaviest building ever moved intact is the Fu Gang building in Guangxi Province, China. It took 11 days to move this building 116.8 feet (35.6 meters). How much does it weigh?

The Fu Gang building weighs 33.3 million pounds (15,140.4 metric tons) and is 111 feet (34 meters) tall.


The largest palace in the world is the Imperial Palace in Beijing. What are its dimensions?

The Imperial Palace covers 3,150 feet by 2,460 feet (960 by 750 meters) over 178 acres. Most of it was built in the 18th century.


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