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.
1-Burj Khalifa, Dubai: $1.7 billion (£1.29bn) in today’s money
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.
2-Seat of the European Central Bank, Frankfurt: $1.7 billion (£1.29bn) in today’s money
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.
3-Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur: $1.8 billion (£1.36bn) in today’s money
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.
4-Wembley Stadium, London: $1.8 billion (£1.36bn) in today’s money
The first stadium in the world with a price tag in excess of $1 billion, 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.
5-Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong: $1.9 billion (£1.44bn) in today's money
The Bank of China Tower is one of Hong Kong’s most recognizable buildings and at 1,033.5 feet (315m) 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.
6-Kyoto Station, Kyoto: $2 billion (£1.5bn) in today’s money
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.
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