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Episode Guide

Series 2 Episode Guide

Triumph Palace Moscow

Series 2 · Episode 1

In 2003, Moscow's Triumph Palace became Europe's tallest building. What is striking about this luxury residential block is not so much it's height but the fact that it resurrects an architectural style closely linked with the city's turbulent political past.

Shanghai World Finance Centre

Series 2 · Episode 2

With the highest roof on earth, the sleek Shanghai World Finance Center stands in the city that has overtaken New York and Chicago as skyscraper capital of the world.

Beetham Tower

Series 2 · Episode 3

As the tallest residential skyscraper in the UK, Manchester’s distinctive Beetham Tower is turning heads – and dividing opinion.

Bank Of China

Series 2 · Episode 4

Created in 1990 by world renowned architect IM Pei, the Bank of China in Hong Kong put Asia on the skyscraper map and stands like a diamond amongst the island’s forest of towers.

375 Park Avenue New York

Series 2 · Episode 5

There are a lot of skyscrapers out there - but just a handful have truly shaped architecture.

Taipei 101, Taiwan

Series 2 · Episode 6

Taiwan, China’s renegade province, wanted to make the world sit up and notice it – so it built the planet’s tallest skyscraper, Taipei 101, in its capital city.

Hong Kong

Series 2 · Episode 7

Stunning skylines are fuelled by money - and Hong Kong has one of the most stunning in the world. With a lack of land on the island, the only way is up.

Naberezhnaya Tower Moscow

Series 2 · Episode 8

Moscow has become Europe's skyscraper capital, with the Naberezhnaya Tower holding the title of the continent's tallest building.

Petronas Kuala Lumpur

Series 2 · Episode 9

In the late 1980s the Malaysian government decided to build a skyscraper so unprecedented in size and so ambitious that it sought to overtake Chicago's Sears Tower as the tallest building in the world.

John Hancock Tower

Series 2 · Episode 10

Behind the glistening façade of Boston’s John Hancock Tower lies one of the most embarrassing moments in architectural history.

John Hancock Center, Chicago

Series 2 · Episode 11

The John Hancock Center in Chicago is one of the most influential skyscrapers of the twentieth century. When completed in 1969 this was the tallest tower in the world outside New York City and is still the most famous structural expressionist style building in high rise architecture.

1180 Peachtree Atlanta

Series 2 · Episode 12

1180 Peachtree is a striking icon on the Atlanta skyline, its huge fins making it distinct from other skyscrapers in the city. But it's not all about good looks - 1180 is creating a new era for the city's towers.