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Bank of America Tower, NY Times among largest holders of unused tower space

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tops all other skyscrapers with 800 feet of non-occupiable space

August 22, 2014 03:40PM

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From left: 1111 Avenue of the Americas and 620 Eighth Avenue

From left: 1111 Avenue of the Americas and 620 Eighth Avenue

Building owners are often keen on scaling new heights. But the tricks and toppers that bring record-breaking skyscrapers to their peak often result in big chunks of useless hidden space.

In New York City, the loftiest example of this trend is the Bank of America tower at 1111 Avenue of the Americas, which stretches 1,200 tall feet and has 430 feet of non-occupiable height, making it third among the world’s largest chunks of unusable space. And the New York Times Tower at 620 Eighth Avenue, ranked sixth in the world, holds 325 feet of useless space atop its 1,046 feet.

(Source: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat via Architizer)

(Source: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat via Architizer)

The BOA tower’s unusable space, however, is dwarfed by that of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which holds a whopping 800 feet of un-occupiable up top. The world’s tallest tower stretches 2,722 feet high in its entirety. Right behind the Burj Khalifa is the Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, which is topped with 436 feet of non-occupiable space, and reaches 1,480 feet total. [Architizer]Julie Strickland

  • lugdus

    In regards to Bank Of America Tower, there is no unused “vanity space”. There is an architectural spire and screen wall. Both of which I would have preferred to omit, but I was convinced the result would not have been very pleasing. If we were concerned with height, we would not have stopped at 1200 feet. CBTUH has already admitted to regretting the term and the article. CBTUH was trying to caution against the waste of resources in the race to build the tallest building. I do not think they were particularly successful.

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