Ten most expensive and extravagant buildings
From Dubai's Burj al Arab to South America’s tallest construction project
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is the world's most expensive building, at $4.7bn, including the cost of the prime land. The Marina Bay Sands’ observation deck on the 57th floor overlooks the harbour and provides its guests with a staggering infinity pool, 200m above ground. At 1,776 feet tall, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Developed by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, this building sets new standards of design, construction, and prestige, and heralds the renaissance of Downtown Manhattan. Managed, operated and leased by The Durst Organization, One World Trade Center is the new icon of New York's skyline and the most recognized and desirable office address in the world. The Bank of China Tower is one of the most recognisable skyscrapers in Admiralty, Hong Kong. It houses the headquarters for the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited. The building is located at 1 Garden Road, in Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island. Designed by I. M. Pei and L.C Pei of I.M Pei and Partners, the building is 315m (1,033.5ft) high with two masts reaching 367.4m (1,205.4ft) high. It was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992, and it was the first building outside North America to break the 305m (1,000ft) mark. It is now the fourth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, after International Commerce Centre, Two International Finance Centre and Central Plaza. England’s showpiece national stadium was opened in 2007 and was built on the site of the earlier Wembley Stadium which was demolished in 2003. Designed by HOK Sport (known as Populous since 2009) and Foster and Partners, it includes a partially retractable roof and the 134m-high (440ft) Wembley Arch. The stadium was built by Australian firm Multiplex at a cost of £798mn. The Cidade das Artes is a cultural complex located in Barra da Tijuca in the Southwest Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was originally planned to open in 2004, with the name of City of Music (Cidade da Música). The formal inauguration was in January 2013, with the musical, "Rock in Rio”.\nThe project's R$515mn ($250mn) to the city of Rio caused much controversy was originally budgeted at R$86mn. Opened in December 1999, the hotel is the third tallest hotel in the world and is located on an island of reclaimed land 280m offshore of the beach in Dubai. \nThe dhow-shaped building, which stands at 1,086ft, was designed by architect Tom Wright of WKK Architects. The design and construction were managed by Canadian engineer Rick Gregory of WS Atkins. Atkins. Fletcher Construction from New Zealand was the lead joint venture partner in the initial stages of pre-construction and construction. The hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts and Al Habtoor Engineering. The Corinthia Hotel Tripoli, originally known as the Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel, is a five star skyscraper hotel in Tripoli, Libya. It is located in the city center, near the central business district. Is run by the Maltese Corinthia Hotels International. The skyscraper, which cost $152mn, was opened in 2003 by Prime Minister, Shukri Ghanem The Hilton Durban is the second most expensive construction in Africa. Located close to the international convention centre in Durban, South Africa, the five star hotel offers its guests nothing short of luxury and awe inspiring views. The construction costs amounted to $69mn and has established itself as a landmark in the city. Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. At 509m, the building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. South America’s tallest construction project is currently in Santiago de Chile and is known as the Gran Torre Santiago. With an impressive 300m, it can house up to 40,000 people and is home to a five storey mall, two 41 storey high office towers, and two hotels. The building opened its doors in 2014, making it the youngest of the list.