Compilation Video: World's Tallest Skyscrapers
Drones are capable of flying up-close to the tallest skyscrapers in the world and filming them in ways that are unreachable by other cameras. Check out this aerial compilation that AirVuz put together of the best drone videos of these massive buildings. Camera drone pilots and FPV pilots are included in this curated collection of drone videos of skyscrapers. You’ll see skyscrapers ranging from Burj Khalif in Dubai to Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg to the new Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.
Dubai's Burj Khalifa: World's Tallest Skyscraper
Contributor Moadh_Bukhash used a drone and his editing skills to create an impressive timelapse aerial look at the Burj Khalifa, the centerpiece of the Dubai skyline. At over 800 meters (about 2.7k ft) excluding its antennae, the 163 floor mixed use tower has been the world's tallest building since it opened in 2010. The tower was the shooting scene for a famous stunt scene in the 2011 blockbuster movie Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, in which Tom Cruise was filmed dangling from the building.
Contributor Alexaroundtheworld created this magnificent drone video of Shanghai, China. The highlight of the video is a climb up to the top of the city's three tallest buildings, located right next to each other in the Pudong District: the 128 story, 632 meter (just under 2.1k) Shanghai Tower, opened in 2015; the Shanghai World Financial Center (2008, 492 m/1.6k ft.), and Jin Mao Tower (1999, 421 m/1.4k ft.). The last was the filming location for a famous jump scene by Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III (2006).
Ping An Tower, Shenzen
Shenzen is second largest city in the southern China province of Guangdong, the most populous province in the country. Shenzen shares the Pearl River Delta with Hong Kong, Macau, and the provincial capital of Guangdong. In this video, contributor Droneland flies over this incredible city. The main focus of the video is the 115 story Ping An Financial Center, which rises just under 600 meters (a bit under 2.0k ft.), the second tallest building in China and #4 in the world when it was completed in 2017.
Seoul's Lotte World Tower
Contributor Majestic, winner of the innaugural Drone Video of the Week Award, created this stunning aerial tour of his country, South Korea. Using a DJ Mavic Pro drone, the video contains amazing aerial footage of the Seoul and Busan skylines, as well as other sights from across the country. The "star" of the video is the Lotte World Tower, Seoul's tallest building and the fifth tallest in the world as of year-end 2018. Completed in 2016, the 115 floor skyscraper stands at 555 meters (over 1.8k ft.).
NYC's World Trade Center and Freedom Tower
In this video, Lleeyyooww treats us to a great aerial look at New York City's Financial District in lower Manhattan. This area was the target of the 9/11/01 attacks, which destroyed the World Trade Center towers that loomed over Wall Street. Following years of disputes, a new World Trade Center arose, anchored by the 94 story One World Trade Center, aka Freedom Tower. The main focus of the video, it opened in 2014 and reaches the symbolically important height of 1,776 ft. (540 meters).
Guangdong's CTC Financial: #6 in the World
Top contributor Haussmannvisuals created this memorable 60 second aerial tour of Guangzhou in southern China. It's the capital of the province of the same name, the largest in the country by population and in many respects its economic dynamo. It's also home to some of the world's tallest buildings. In the video you'll see some epic footage of the 111 floor, 530 meter (about 1.7k ft.) CTC Financial Center (#6 in the world at year-end 2018), the Guangzhou IFC (439 meter, 1.45k ft.), and more.
Tianjin CTF: >500 Meters by FPV
FPV racing drones have opened up new ways of looking at the world, and that includes our tallest skyscrapers. In this video, contributor and FPV pilot Radikal_FPV takes on the world's seventh tallest building (tied) as of year-end 2018. It's the Tianjin CTF Financial Center, which rises over half a kilometer (530 meters, a bit over 1.7k ft.) into the sky above the great city of Tianjin in northeastern China. The building, which was under construction at the time, was completed in 2018.
Tapei 101: World's Tallest, 2004-2010
In this short but mesmerizing drone video, you'll get a drone's eye view of the Tapei 101 Center in Taiwan. When the 508 meter (about 1.6k ft.) office tower was completed in the Taiwanese capital city in 2004, the 101 story tower displaced the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur to become the world's tallest building. It was surpassed by Dubai's Burj Khalifa in 2010 and is now down to #10 as of 2018 but it's still an amazing structure. See it here in this short clip by Dazdjpt.
ICC: Hong Kong's Tallest Skyscraper
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT: AIRVUZ IN NO WAY CONDONES RECKLESS DRONE PILOTING. That being said, what's done is done and we know a challenging skyscraper FPV dive when we see one. In this case, the subject matter is the 118 floor International Commerce center, the tallest building in Hong Kong at just under 485 meters (a bit under 1.6k ft.) in West Kowloon. Contributor DannyHK-DD7 took a dive down this building with his Impulse RC racing drone, flying it with video goggles.
Lakhta Center: Europe's Tallest Building
Lakhta Center is a skyscraper project in the outskirts of St. Petersburg. When the tower was topped out in early 2018, it became the tallest building not just in Russia, but in all of Europe. Top contributor Timelab.pro used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create a breathtaking aerial video of this amazing and supermodern, mixed-use structure that has 87 floors and reaches a rooftop height of 462 meters (just over 1.5k ft.) and has taken almost seven years to build.
Landmark 81: Vietnam's Tallest Building
Contributor Dang Minh Phu created this beautiful aerial video of Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. Prior to the defeat of South Vietnam by North Vietnam in 1975, the city was named after the river on which it sits - Saigon. Much of the video is shot around the Bitexo Financial Tower with its protruding helipad, and at 1:07 you'll get a look at the just completed Landmark 81 Tower, at 460 meters (just over 1.5k ft.) it's the world's 14th tallest building as of 2018.
Exchange 106: KL's New Height Champion
Jason Son created this amazing drone video of the Exchange 106 tower in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia nearing completion in late 2018. The tower is part of the Tun Razak Exchange development in the eastern part of the KL central business district. This massive planned development will eventually include a total of 26 new buildings. The 106 story tower has an architectural height of stands 452 meters (just under 1.5k ft.), slightly taller than Petronas Towers if the building's illumated crown is included.
Petronas Towers: World's Tallest, 1998-2004
Kuala Lumpur's Petronas towers have come to symbolize modern Malaysia. They stand 452 meters (almost 1.5k feet) over downtown KL and were, for a six year period, the tallest buildings in the world. While they no longer hold that title, they are still amongst the most recognizable skyscrapers and the most widely recognized "duo" since the demise of the World Trade Center. Contributor Mumbaimonkey treats us to an amazing aerial look at the towers courtesy of his DJI Mavic Pro drone.
Greenland Center: Towering over Nanjing
Contributor DavidLee created this magnificent drone video of the great Chinese city of Nanjing, also known as Nanking, home of one of China's tallest skyscrapers. Situated on the Yangtze River, it's one of the most important historical and cultural cities in China, and was the site of the infamous Rape of Nanjing in the early stages of World War II. Since 2010, the city has also been home to the 66 story Greenland Center-Zifeng Tower, which stands at 450 meters (just under 1.5k ft.) and dominates its skyline.
KK100 and Shun Hing: Former Shenzen #1's
Contributor Johnnywong created this marvelous flyover of two of the tallest buildings in Shenzen, a city on the Pearl River Delta in southern China. When the KK100 building was completed in 2011, the 100 story building was the city's tallest at 442 meters (just under 1.45k ft.). The video also features the 69 story Shun Hing Square, the city's tallest from 1996 until being dethroned by the KK100. In 2017, both were surpassed by the Ping An Tower, although the two remain amongst the country's 20 tallest.
Willis Tower: 25 Years as the World's Tallest
AirVuz contributor Gianlo uses his DJI Mavic Pro drone to give us an unforgettable (and DVA nominated) 60 second aerial tour of the skyline of Chicago, the city which can lay credible claim for having invented the skyscraper. The video provides epic views of the Windy City's magnificent skyline, still dominated by the 108 story Willis Tower. Standing over 440 meters (just over 1.4k ft.) tall, this behemoth was born as Sears Tower in 1974 and enjoyed a 25 year reign as the world's tallest skyscraper.
The Supertalls of Dubai's Marina District
While the most prominent skyscraper in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa Tower (the tallest building in the world since it opened), it's home to many other supertalls. Many of these are located some distance from BK, in the Marina District. The Marina is home to the next four tallest in the city, led by the Marina 101, which was completed in 2017 and stands 425 meters (just a bit under 1.4k ft.). In this video, you'll get a great view of the Marina compliments of Andrey Mazurkov and his DJI Mavic Pro drone.
Two IFC: Hong Kong Island's Tallest
Contributor Dave Yip created this beautiful aerial tour of the skyscrapers of Hong Kong's Financial District. The highlight of the film begins at about :53 and is an epic flyover of the city's #2 tower, height-wise: the 407 meter (1.35k ft.) Two International Financial Center. This 88 story office tower was the tallest building in the city when opened in 2003 and it continues to be the tallest on Hong Kong Island but was surpassed by International Financial Center in West Kowloon in 2010.
Moscow City: Europe's New Skyscraper Capital
"Moscow City" is the informal name for the Moscow International Business Center, a newer commercial district of the Russian capital city known for its towering skyscrapers. Contributor MichaelMsk77 used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful video of the modern district. At about the :17 mark, you'll ride along for a climb up to the top of these behemoths. Here are five of Europe's seven tallest buildings as of 2018, the group's tallest being the 95 story, 374 meter (about 1.2k ft.) Federation Tower.
Comcast Towers: Transforming Philadelphia
Cable and media giant Comcast Corporation has almost singlehandedly transformed the skyline of Philadelphia, the second largest city on the USA's East Coast. In 2008, its 58 story headquarters building became the city's tallest with a height of just under 300 meters (974 ft.). A decade later, the company completed its 60 floor Comcast Technology Center, which has a height of 342 ft. (1,121 ft.). The two Comcast Campus towers are on display in this excellent drone video by ChrisDantonio.
Salesforce Tower: San Francisco's New Champ
San Francisco has one of the most widely recognized skylines of any city in the world. That skyline has been transformed recently with the construction of the Salesforce Tower, a new skyscraper in the heart of the city's Financial District. It has a rooftop height of 326 meters (1,070 ft.), handily ending the 45 year reign of the TransAmerica Pyramid as the city's tallest building. Contributor Matt Ducher used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create this amazing aerial look at the city's new-look skyline.
Wilshire Grand: LA's New #1
For over 25 years, US Bank Tower was the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles, with a height of over 300 meters or 1.0k ft.. Opened in 1989 as Library Tower, the 73 story building reaches a height of 310 meters (just over 1.0k ft.). In 2017, the circular tower was eclipsed by the (also 73 floor) Wilshire Grand Center, which topped out at over 335 meters (about 1.1k ft.). In this drone video by AerialClip, you'll get some epic views of the older building as well as the usurper as it was being completed.
Shard Tower: UK's Tallest Skyscraper
Contributor HUMZZ created this amazing drone video of the dramatically changed skyline of modern London, a city which didn't have a single building over 600 ft. (about 183 meters) until 1991. Now, there are clusters of much taller structures on either side of the Thames. At the :40 mark, you'll get a dramatic eye-level view of the 95 story Shard tower. At 310 meters (just over 1k ft.), it's the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the tallest in Europe excluding Russia.
Biayoke: Towering over Bangkok
For a quick 60 second aerial tour of Thailand's capital city Bangkok, try this drone video by Garry Studio. The video begins with an epic shot of Biayoke Tower II, the 309 meter (just a bit over over 1k ft.) hotel skyscraper which was the second tallest building in the city as of 2018. From there the video takes you around other parts of the city, whose color patterns make it such a unique looking metropolis, with one of the most impressive skylines in Southeast Asia.
Q1 in Gold Coast: Australia's Tallest
Contributor 70daysaroundtheworld created this amazing drone video of Gold Coast, one of the main beach cities of eastern Australia and the second largest city in the state of Queensland. It's located south of the state capital of Brisbane. Since 2005, Gold Coast has been the home of the tallest building in Australia: Q1 (Queensland Number One), which you'll see clearly in the video. The 78 story residential tower has an architectural height of just over 320 meters (1.06k ft.).
Santiago's Costanera: Tallest in South America
Check out this unbelievable first person view (FPV) video of an epic diving session at South America's tallest building. Contributor and FPV pilot prisvanrees strapped on his FPV goggles to take on the Gran Torre Santiago, the centerpiece of the Costanera Center office complex in the Chilean capital city. Completed in 2013 at a cost of US $1 billion, the 64 story tower has an architectural height of 300 meters (984 ft.), making it the tallest building on the continent.