“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” — Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architect & Interior Designer
Today is National Skyscraper Day — an opportunity to appreciate these architectural wonders that combine science and design to create some of the most awe-inspiring structures humanity has ever produced. Chicago’s Home Insurance Building, built in 1885, is considered the world's first skyscraper — but its height of 138 feet would be considered downright puny compared to the Burj Khalifa, which is currently the tallest building in the world at 2,722 feet. Modern-day buildings must have at least 40 floors to earn the prestigious title of skyscraper, and more of these marvels of engineering are popping up in crowded urban areas across the world. Visit the top of your local skyscraper today, or explore the design of your city’s architecture — you might be surprised by the everyday beauty surrounding you.