This is not meant to be one of those Slow Movement-ish articles, but let’s see how that goes.
First question: Would you like to get to the top of the tallest building in your city? Yes? Well, me too. It helps me getting an overview of the urban scale and somewhat has a whip out-effect before the city swallows. Usually rooftops are places where only few people are – compared to street-level. I give you an example. When I visited the great city of Sao Paulo for a couple of days with a friend, I started feeling lost in the hustle and bustle of this large urban agglomeration. By hazard we got access to the rooftop of a relatively high building from which we were able to take a look around and locate ourselves. It felt like taking a deep breath after a long day of work. My point is high buildings can be a great opportunity and preciouses places.
What is it that we have with tall buildings?
Somehow it seems that for those tall buildings one has to either lean backwards or to kneel on the ground in order to see the building in its completed height. As if the importance of a building increases exponentially, the more difficult it is to capture it within in the frame of a camera.
There is some kind of satisfaction when reaching the top floor of the highest building of a particular city, isn’t it?
Tall buildings are the manifestation of the human ambition to reach a higher level.
Now, I feel a bit lost in criticism, which is the right moment to watch these two climbing the Shanghai Tower in 2014. The bar I was writing about earlier is located in the Shanghai World Financial Center, which you can see at circa 01:45 in this video. So this is extremely high. Don’t look down.
The whole point of this post is to say: I like architecture a lot, I enjoy rooftops and a great overview. However, I do not acknowledge the craziness and consuming vibes about the highest buildings in the world anymore. I think we should all consciously decide when enough is enough. Buildings should not be a manifestation of competition and consumption, but a fulfilling of a common purpose such as giving home to the less privileged. Anyhow, I might be a bit too critical here, so that I’d like to close with the words:
It is the view. (It has got to be.)