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Marina Bay Sands hotel is seen at sunset on June 11, 2018 in Singapore.

20 of the most outrageous-looking skyscrapers of all time

Skyscrapers have gotten taller, more expensive, and a lot more elaborate over the past few decades. Business Insider has rounded up 20 of the most outrageous-looking towers; some have been in use for years, while others will likely never see the light of day. Take a look.
On September 11, 2001, Donald Trump seemed to brag that one of his buildings was now the tallest in downtown Manhattan.

Trump had an unusual reaction to 9/11 just hours after the attacks

Trump seemed to brag that with the World Trade Center gone, a building he owned was now the tallest building in downtown Manhattan. However, a nearby building was actually taller.
A rendering of the J.L. Hudson site redevelopment in Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit is building a $1 billion ‘city within a city’ on the site of a dead department store

On the site of a former department store, Detroit megadeveloper Bedrock plans to build an 800-foot-tall tower with 1 million square feet of retail, office, residential units, and public space. Its architects call the development a "city within a city."

Disappointing photos show what can happen to billion-dollar mega-developments

Developers don't always execute megaprojects — even ones that are worth billions of dollars — as planned. Often, the larger the development, the more that can go wrong, like sinking towers, budget overruns, and failures to attract residents.

China is building a 1,000-foot-long ‘sidescraper’ in the sky — and it may reveal a troubling trend

In the past several years, cities across the world have built fancy megaprojects, mainly aimed at the rich. But as more people flock to big cities, these types of luxury developments may fail to serve urban populations at large, especially those who cannot afford to live and play in them.
A rendering of the Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre in Shenzhen, China.

China is building one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers — take a look

Construction has begun on the 2,191-foot-tall Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre, a project that builds on Shenzhen's urban development boom. The tower will be part of a larger retail and residential complex.

Inside the eerily quiet streets of Kazakhstan’s 20-year-old capital city, where futuristic skyscrapers tower over the grasslands of a former pri...

Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan since 1997, is filled with futuristic skyscrapers that resemble something out of a science-fiction movie. But Astana's streets are suspiciously clean and quiet, leading some to comment on its eerie atmosphere.

San Francisco is building skyscrapers like crazy — and there could be a deadly downside

San Francisco is undergoing a construction boom, but building codes for skyscrapers aren't strong enough, according to experts.
The original Penn Station in New York City is one of many buildings that has fallen from grace. It was sold and demolished in 1962.

Then and now: 12 iconic American buildings that fell from grace

Some of the most notable buildings in the US are the ones that have fallen from grace, from Manhattan's original Penn Station to Houston's Astrodome.
A rendering of Skyscraper.zip.

This foldable skyscraper that could be assembled in a few minutes just won a major conceptual design award

The conceptual tower — which would work similar to a helium balloon — is just one out-there winner of the 2018 Skyscraper Competition sponsored by the architecture magazine eVolo.