Photos: 30 most expensive buildings in the world

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Date: 11th-april-2018 Time:  11:21:43 am

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Wonder which world-famous buildings cost the most money to construct? From super-tall skyscrapers to impossibly lavish casino resorts, we reveal the 30 most expensive buildings ever, adjusted for inflation.

Slide 2 of 31: Standing at a stomach-churning 2,722 feet (830m) high, Dubai's Burj Khalifa is hands down the tallest structure on the planet, but it isn't even the most expensive building in Dubai. Completed in 2009 at a cost of $1.5 billion (£1.1bn), Burj Khalifa is only the 30th most pricey edifice in the world.

BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI: $1.7 BILLION (£1.2BN)

Standing at a stomach-churning 2,722 feet (830m) high, Dubai's Burj Khalifa is hands down the tallest structure on the planet, but it isn't even the most expensive building in Dubai. Completed in 2009 at a cost of $1.5 billion (£1.1bn), Burj Khalifa is only the 30th priciest edifice in the world.

Slide 3 of 31: Plagued by a series of construction problems and delays, the new Seat of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt went massively over-budget, with the total cost of the skyscraper complex hitting $1.6 billion (£1.2bn) upon its completion in 2013.

SEAT OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, FRANKFURT: $1.7 BILLION (£1.2BN)

Plagued by a series of construction problems and delays, the new Seat of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt went massively over-budget, with the total cost of the skyscraper complex hitting $1.6 billion (£1.2bn) upon its completion in 2013.

Slide 4 of 31: Kuala Lumpur's spectacular twin towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. Designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, the duo cost around $1.2 billion (£863m) to construct during the late 1990s.

PETRONAS TOWERS, KUALA LUMPUR: $1.8 BILLION (£1.3BN)

Kuala Lumpur's spectacular twin towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. Designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, the duo cost around $1.2 billion (£863m) to construct during the late 1990s.

Slide 5 of 31: The first stadium in the world with a price tag in excess of $1 billion (£719m), Wembley Stadium in North London cost a total of $1.5 billion (£1.1bn) to build. Completed in 2006, the iconic home of English soccer seats 90,000 spectators and is crowned by a prominent arch.

WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON: $1.8 BILLION (£1.3BN)

The first stadium in the world with a price tag in excess of $1 billion (£719m), Wembley Stadium in North London cost a total of $1.5 billion (£1.1bn) to build. Completed in 2006, the iconic home of English soccer seats 90,000 spectators and is crowned by a prominent arch.

Slide 6 of 31: The Bank of China Tower is one of Hong Kong's most recognizable buildings and at 1,033.5 feet (315 metres) high, the first super-tall skyscraper to be built outside the US. Eye-watering at the time, the construction bill for the building totaled $1 billion (£719m) in 1990.

BANK OF CHINA TOWER, HONG KONG: $1.9 BILLION (£1.4BN)

The Bank of China Tower is one of Hong Kong's most recognizable buildings and at 1,033.5 feet (315 metres) high, the first super-tall skyscraper to be built outside the US. Eye-watering at the time, the construction bill for the building totalled $1 billion (£719m) in 1990.

Slide 7 of 31: Kyoto's eponymous terminus comprises a 15-story building that houses everything from a hotel to a department store. Still, the world's most expensive railway station, which was completed in 1997 at a cost of $1.3 billion (£935m), is only Japan's second-largest after Nagoya Station.

KYOTO STATION, KYOTO: $2 BILLION (£1.4BN)

Kyoto's eponymous terminus comprises a 15-story building that houses everything from a hotel to a department store. Still, the world's most expensive railway station, which was completed in 1997 at a cost of $1.3 billion (£935m), is only Japan's second-largest after Nagoya Station.

Slide 8 of 31: The Palazzo casino resort in Las Vegas is the largest hotel in the world, the second biggest building in the Western Hemisphere and Sin City's tallest structure. Completed in 2007, the opulent resort set back investors a cool $1.8 billion (£1.3bn).

THE PALAZZO, LAS VEGAS: $2.1 BILLION (£1.5BN)

The Palazzo casino resort in Las Vegas is the largest hotel in the world, the second biggest building in the Western Hemisphere and Sin City's tallest structure. Completed in 2007, the opulent resort set back investors a cool $1.8 billion (£1.3bn).

Slide 9 of 31: Major hospitals don't come cheap, but the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia is by far the priciest ever built. The 800-bed mega hospital, the biggest Down Under, opened its doors in September, 17 months behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over-budget.

ROYAL ADELAIDE HOSPITAL, ADELAIDE: $2.1 BILLION (£1.5BN)

Major hospitals don't come cheap, but the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia is by far the priciest ever built. The 800-bed mega hospital, the biggest Down Under, opened its doors in September, 17 months behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over-budget.

Slide 10 of 31: Once described by Donald Trump as “the eighth wonder of the world”, the Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City cost $1.2 billion (£930m) to build in 1990. The blingy 120,000 square foot complex eventually became unprofitable and shut for good in October 2016, but has since reopened as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

TRUMP TAJ MAHAL, ATLANTIC CITY: $2.3 BILLION (£1.7BN)

Once described by Donald Trump as “the eighth wonder of the world”, the Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City cost $1.2 billion (£930m) to build in 1990. The blingy 120,000 square foot complex eventually became unprofitable and shut for good in October 2016, but has since reopened as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Slide 11 of 31: Australia's current parliament building was built in 1988 at a cost of $1.1 billion (£793m). The modern structure, which is designed in the shape of two boomerangs and topped by an imposing flagpole, contains as many as 4,700 rooms.

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: $2.3 BILLION (£1.7BN)

Australia's current parliament building was built in 1988 at a cost of $1.1 billion (£793m). The modern structure, which is designed in the shape of two boomerangs and topped by an imposing flagpole, contains as many as 4,700 rooms.

Slide 12 of 31: Tapei 101 was the world's tallest building from 2004 to 2009, when it was usurped by Dubai's Burj Khalifa. The postmodern skyscraper, which effortlessly blends traditional and contemporary styles, cost $1.8 billion (£1.3bn) to build.

TAPEI 101, TAPEI: $2.3 MILLION (£1.7BN)

Tapei 101 was the world's tallest building from 2004 to 2009 when it was usurped by Dubai's Burj Khalifa. The postmodern skyscraper, which effortlessly blends traditional and contemporary styles, cost $1.8 billion (£1.3bn) to build.

Slide 13 of 31: The most expensive private residence on the planet, Antilia is the Mumbai home of billionaire Mukesh Ambani. The super-ostentatious 27-story tower was completed in 2010, and is thought to have set its owner back a massive $2 billion (£1.4bn).

ANTILIA, MUMBAI: $2.3 BILLION (£1.7BN)

The most expensive private residence on the planet, Antilia is the Mumbai home of billionaire Mukesh Ambani. The super-ostentatious 27-story tower was completed in 2010 and is thought to have set its owner back a massive $2 billion (£1.4bn).

Slide 14 of 31: Investment bank Goldman Sachs's global headquarters was never going to be a budget affair, and the investment company was the envy of Wall Street when its sumptuous $2.1 billion (£1.5bn) head office opened in its doors in 2010.

200 WEST STREET, NEW YORK: $2.4 BILLION (£1.7BN)

Investment bank Goldman Sachs's global headquarters was never going to be a budget affair, and the investment company was the envy of Wall Street when its sumptuous $2.1 billion (£1.5bn) head office opened in its doors in 2010.

Slide 15 of 31: The total construction bill for MGM's Bellagio casino resort in Las Vegas came to $1.6 billion (£1.2bn) in 1998, which equates to around $2.4 billion (£1.7bn) in today's money. The resort boasts 3,950 rooms and acres of gaming space.

BELLAGIO, LAS VEGAS: $2.4 BILLION (£1.7BN)

The total construction bill for MGM's Bellagio casino resort in Las Vegas came to $1.6 billion (£1.2bn) in 1998, which equates to around $2.4 billion (£1.7bn) in today's money. The resort boasts 3,950 rooms and acres of gaming space.

Slide 16 of 31: Dubai's most pricey building and its second tallest structure after the Burj Khalifa, the Princess Tower is also the tallest residential building in the world. The $2.2 billion (£1.6bn) tower was completed in 2012.

PRINCESS TOWER, DUBAI: $2.4 BILLION (£1.7BN)

Dubai's most pricey building and its second tallest structure after the Burj Khalifa, the Princess Tower is also the tallest residential building in the world. The $2.2 billion (£1.6bn) tower was completed in 2012.

Slide 17 of 31: Standing 2,073 feet (632 metres) high, Shanghai's twisty tower boasts all sorts of superlatives, from the world's fastest lifts to the highest observation deck on the planet. It opened in 2014, having cost $2.4 billion (£1.7bn).

SHANGHAI TOWER, SHANGHAI: $2.5 BILLION (£1.8BN)

Standing 2,073 feet (632 metres) high, Shanghai's twisty tower boasts all sorts of superlatives, from the world's fastest lifts to the highest observation deck on the planet. It opened in 2014, having cost $2.4 billion (£1.7bn).

Slide 18 of 31: The replacement Yankee Stadium in New York cost $2.3 billion (£1.7bn) to construct in 2009, making it the most expensive stadium ever built. Controversially, a hefty $1.2 billion (£863m) of public money helped fund the project.

YANKEE STADIUM, NEW YORK: $2.6 BILLION (£1.9BN)

The replacement Yankee Stadium in New York cost $2.3 billion (£1.7bn) to construct in 2009, making it the most expensive stadium ever built. Controversially, a hefty $1.2 billion (£863m) of public money helped fund the project.

Slide 19 of 31: Renzo Piano's 1,016 feet (310m) masterpiece has been the EU's tallest building since its completion in 2012. The cost of the entire development, which included revamping areas around London Bridge Station, totaled around $2.4 billion (£1.7bn).

THE SHARD, LONDON: $2.6 BILLION (£1.9BN)

Renzo Piano's 1,016 feet (310m) masterpiece has been the EU's tallest building since its completion in 2012. The cost of the entire development, which included revamping areas around London Bridge Station, totalled around $2.4 billion (£1.7bn).

Slide 20 of 31: The City of Dreams is the second largest resort and casino complex in Macao. Opening to the public in 2009, the slick complex, which features a gigantic aquarium and bubble fountain among other attractions, cost $2.4 billion (£1.7bn) to build.

CITY OF DREAMS, MACAO: $2.7 BILLION (£2BN)

The City of Dreams is the second largest resort and casino complex in Macao. Opening to the public in 2009, the slick complex, which features a gigantic aquarium and bubble fountain among other attractions, cost $2.4 billion (£1.7bn) to build.

Slide 21 of 31: Staying in Macao, next up is the autonomous territory's largest resort and casino complex, the $2.4 billion (£1.7bn) Venetian Macao. Situated opposite the City of Dreams, the 39-story tower, which is modeled on its counterpart in Las Vegas, was completed in 2005.

VENETIAN MACAO, MACAO: $3 BILLION (£2.2BN)

Staying in Macao, next up is the autonomous territory's largest resort and casino complex, the $2.4 billion (£1.7bn) Venetian Macao. Situated opposite the City of Dreams, the 39-story tower, which is modelled on its counterpart in Las Vegas, was completed in 2005.

Slide 22 of 31: Built in 1984 at a cost of $1.4 billion (£1bn), the Sultan of Brunei's eye-opening home is the largest palace in the world that is still in use as a royal residence. The complex contains a total of 1,788 rooms, including a banqueting hall that can seat 5,000 guests.

ISTANA NURUL IMAN PALACE, BRUNEI: $3.3 BILLION (£2.4BN)

Built in 1984 at a cost of $1.4 billion (£1bn), the Sultan of Brunei's eye-opening home is the largest palace in the world that is still in use as a royal residence. The complex contains a total of 1,788 rooms, including a banqueting hall that can seat 5,000 guests.

Slide 23 of 31: One of the swankiest hotel and casino complexes in Las Vegas, the Wynn resort launched in 2005. The construction bill for this luxury 2,716-room complex hit $2.7 billion (£1.9bn), around $3.4 billion (£2.4bn) in today's money.

WYNN RESORT, LAS VEGAS, $3.4 BILLION (£2.4BN)

One of the swankiest hotel and casino complexes in Las Vegas, the Wynn resort launched in 2005. The construction bill for this luxury 2,716-room complex hit $2.7 billion (£1.9bn), around $3.4 billion (£2.4bn) in today's money.

Slide 24 of 31: A hotel rather than a royal residence, the Emirates Palace in Dubai is as regal as they come. Completed in 2005 at a cost of $3 billion (£2.2bn), the Kempinski-operated hotel has a total of 394 residences, not to mention two spas, a cavernous ballroom, and scores of shops and restaurants.

EMIRATES PALACE, ABU DHABI: $3.8 BILLION (£2.7BN)

A hotel rather than a royal residence, the Emirates Palace in Dubai is as regal as they come. Completed in 2005 at a cost of $3 billion (£2.2bn), the Kempinski-operated hotel has a total of 394 residences, not to mention two spas, a cavernous ballroom, and scores of shops and restaurants.

Slide 25 of 31: Thousands of workers died and swathes of Bucharest were destroyed to make way for Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu's monstrous Palace of the Parliament, which sprawls over tens of acres. The construction of the building, which began in 1984, cost a total of $3.9 billion (£2.8bn) in today's money.

PALACE OF THE PARLIAMENT, BUCHAREST: $3.9 BILLION (£2.8BN)

Thousands of workers died and swathes of Bucharest were destroyed to make way for Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu's monstrous Palace of the Parliament, which sprawls over tens of acres. The construction of the building, which began in 1984, cost a total of $3.9 billion (£2.8bn) in today's money.

Slide 26 of 31: One World Trade Center is the principal building in the rebuilt World Trade complex in New York. Standing a symbolic 1,776 feet (541m) tall, the skyscraper was completed in 2012 at a cost of $3.8 billion (£2.7bn), which is $4.1 billion (£2.9bn) today, and is now the tallest building in the Americas.

ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER, NEW YORK: $4.1 BILLION (£2.9BN)

One World Trade Center is the principal building in the rebuilt World Trade complex in New York. Standing a symbolic 1,776 feet (541m) tall, the skyscraper was completed in 2012 at a cost of $3.8 billion (£2.7bn), which is $4.1 billion (£2.9bn) today and is now the tallest building in the Americas.

Slide 27 of 31: The 3,027-room Cosmopolitan cost an eye-watering $3.9 billion (£2.8bn) to build in 2009. The art-themed hotel and casino comprises two high-rise towers and houses everything from a 3,200-seat theater to a gargantuan spa and fitness center.

THE COSMOPOLITAN, LAS VEGAS: $4.4 BILLION (£3.2BN)

The 3,027-room Cosmopolitan cost an eye-watering $3.9 billion (£2.8bn) to build in 2009. The art-themed hotel and casino comprise of two high-rise towers and houses everything from a 3,200-seat theatre to a gargantuan spa and fitness centre.

Slide 28 of 31: Apple is the richest company in the world with more spare cash than many developing countries, so it's only natural the firm would pump billions into its shiny new HQ in Cupertino, California. The campus, which opened last April, cost an estimated $5 billion (£3.6bn) in total.

APPLE PARK, CUPERTINO: $5 BILLION (£3.6BN)

Apple is the richest company in the world with more spare cash than many developing countries, so it's only natural the firm would pump billions into its shiny new HQ in Cupertino, California. The campus, which opened last April, cost an estimated $5 billion (£3.6bn) in total.

Slide 29 of 31: Singapore's sensational Marina Bay Sands complex wows with the world's most awesome infinity pool, the largest atrium casino ever built, a 2,561-room luxury hotel, and a lot more besides. The landmark complex was completed in 2010 at a cost of $5.5 billion (£4bn).

MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE: $6.2 BILLION (£4.5BN)

Singapore's sensational Marina Bay Sands complex wows with the world's most awesome infinity pool, the largest atrium casino ever built, a 2,561-room luxury hotel, and a lot more besides. The landmark complex was completed in 2010 at a cost of $5.5 billion (£4bn).

Slide 30 of 31: Towering over Mecca, the Abraj Al Bait is a complex of seven skyscrapers that were built in 2012 at a cost of $15 billion (£10.8bn) to house pilgrims performing the Hajj. The complex is spread out over 34 acres and features the world's largest clock face.

ABRAJ AL BAIT, MECCA: $16 BILLION (£11.5BN)

Towering over Mecca, the Abraj Al Bait is a complex of seven skyscrapers that were built in 2012 at a cost of $15 billion (£10.8bn) to house pilgrims performing the Hajj. The complex is spread out over 34 acres and features the world's largest clock face.

Slide 31 of 31: Islam's most sacred site and the largest mosque in the world, the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which covers 99 acres and can accommodate up to four million people during the Hajj, is estimated to have cost a colossal $100 billion (£72.1bn) in total.

MASJID AL-HARAM, MECCA: $100 BILLION (£72.1BN)

Islam's most sacred site and the largest mosque in the world, the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which covers 99 acres and can accommodate up to four million people during the Hajj, is estimated to have cost a colossal $100 billion (£72.1bn) in total.

 

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