Quiz about Towering Over the World
Quiz about Towering Over the World

Towering Over the World Trivia Quiz


The Four Winds have toured the globe looking for the tallest and most interesting buildings that face the wind every day all over the world. See how many of these you know about!

A multiple-choice quiz by lones78. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
lones78
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
394,579
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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1. The Carlton Centre was completed in 1973, becoming the tallest office building in Africa. In which country will you find this towering building? Hint

Ethiopia
Chad
Namibia
South Africa

2. Built for the British-American Investments Company, which was the tallest building in Kenya when its construction was completed in 2017? Hint

NECOM House
Ponte City Apartments
UAP Tower
Britam Tower

3. Originally called "Burj Dubai", the Burj Khalifa was opened for use in 2010, after a five-year construction period. In which country will you find this towering structure? Hint

Oman
Bahrain
United Arab Emirates
Yemen

4. Which country in Asia had the tallest building in the world before 2010, when the Burj Khalifa overtook that title? Hint

Taiwan
Thailand
China
Japan

5. Q1 (short for "Queensland Number 1") lost its "world's tallest" title to the Marina Torch (Dubai) in 2011. What was it the tallest type of? Hint

Office building
Mobile (cell) phone tower
Radio aerial
Residential building

6. When constructed in 2006, the Eureka Tower was the tallest building in which Australian city? Hint

Sydney
Perth
Hobart
Melbourne

7. 2018 saw a new "tallest building" in Europe. In which country will you find the Lakhta Center? Hint

Hungary
Greece
Turkey
Russia

8. Which tall building in London is also known as the "Shard of Glass" and "Shard London Bridge", and was formerly known as "London Bridge Tower"? Hint

London Tower
Tower on the Thames
London Glass
The Shard

9. August 2015 saw the opening of observation deck "Sky Costanera" on floor 61 and 62 of which Chilean building? Hint

Gran Torre Santiago
Territoria 3000
Titanium La Portada
Centenario Tower

10. The One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center, that was destroyed in 2001. In which US city will you find this tall building? Hint

New York City
Albany
Orlando
San Fransisco


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The Carlton Centre was completed in 1973, becoming the tallest office building in Africa. In which country will you find this towering building?

Answer: South Africa

The Carlton Centre can be found in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a 50-floor skyscraper and shopping centre, towering over the world and facing winds at a height of 223m / 732ft. It was associated with the Carlton Hotel until that establishment closed in 1998.

The top floor is called the Carlton Panorama and is known as "Top of Africa". At the time of writing (2018), it still held the record as Africa's tallest building.
2. Built for the British-American Investments Company, which was the tallest building in Kenya when its construction was completed in 2017?

Answer: Britam Tower

Britam Tower (Nairobi, Kenya), a 32-floor office building that was built in 2017, was built to stand at 195m / 640ft tall. Many businesses are based in the tower, with targeted clients being financial institutions, diplomatic missions, private companies and multinational corporations. Britam Tower looks like a black pyramid with a chunk taken out of it. It has alternate energy through the use of three helical wind turbines on the high tower that rises above the 32 useful floors on the site. As of 2018, it was the second tallest building on the African continent.

NECOM House is in Nigeria, while UAP Tower is also in Kenya, but is not as tall as Britam Tower The Ponte City Apartments are in South Africa.
3. Originally called "Burj Dubai", the Burj Khalifa was opened for use in 2010, after a five-year construction period. In which country will you find this towering structure?

Answer: United Arab Emirates

The Burj Khalifa contains 163 floors and became the tallest in the word when it was completed in 2010. Standing at a massive 828m / 2717ft, 57 elevators and 8 escalators service this tower was built to reflect traditional Islamic architecture. The building is designed in such a way as to reduce the vibration from wind loading on the structure.

The words "Burj Khalifa" are Arabic for "Khalifa Tower".
4. Which country in Asia had the tallest building in the world before 2010, when the Burj Khalifa overtook that title?

Answer: Taiwan

Taipei 101, with 101 floors and standing 509 m / 1670 ft tall held the title of the tallest building in the world from 2004-2010. It has also held the titles of "tallest and largest green building in the world" and "fastest elevator in the world" (travelling at 60.6 km/h (37.7 mph)) - imagine the wind rushing past if the elevator doors were open!
5. Q1 (short for "Queensland Number 1") lost its "world's tallest" title to the Marina Torch (Dubai) in 2011. What was it the tallest type of?

Answer: Residential building

Q1, Gold Coast, Australia, stands at 322m / 1058ft tall and encompasses 78 floors. Floors 11-78 hold the only beachside observation deck in Australia. Due to its location on the beach, studies of wind, movement and tension played an important part in its design.

There appears to be a bit of competition between UAE and Australia here, the Q1 building took the crown of "tallest residential building" from Dubai's 21st Century Tower before being overtaken by the Mariana Torch.
6. When constructed in 2006, the Eureka Tower was the tallest building in which Australian city?

Answer: Melbourne

The Eureka Tower, Melbourne, Australia, is a residential building measuring 297m / 974.5ft. At the time of construction, the tower was tallest building in Australia when measured to the roof (not including antennae or other towers). Named after the Eureka Stockade, a rebellion during the Victoria Gold Rush, it was also the building with the most floors available for inhabiting in the world (91).
7. 2018 saw a new "tallest building" in Europe. In which country will you find the Lakhta Center?

Answer: Russia

Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg, Russia is a whopping 462.5m / 1516ft tall, with 87 floors. Lakhta Center became the tallest building in Europe when external construction finished in 2018. Many green technologies are harnessed within this building due to the harsh weather conditions that the building is subject to including: bird-safe central lighting to prevent birds flying into it (WWF award), ice-storage from night time temperatures used to naturally feed air-conditioning during the day, motion detectors for economising energy and water usage.

Despite the construction of a transit station to serve the building, traffic is expected to become much worse once it is in full occupancy, and air quality will also suffer.
8. Which tall building in London is also known as the "Shard of Glass" and "Shard London Bridge", and was formerly known as "London Bridge Tower"?

Answer: The Shard

The Shard (London, England), at time of construction was England's tallest building containing 95 stories and standing 309.7m / 1017ft high. This building is taller than every natural high point in London and is famous for its observation deck on the 72nd floor (244m / 801ft high).
9. August 2015 saw the opening of observation deck "Sky Costanera" on floor 61 and 62 of which Chilean building?

Answer: Gran Torre Santiago

Gran Torre Santiago (officially known as Costanera Center Torre 2), Chile (300m / 984ft) is 64 stories high and has six basement floors. Construction was halted for a time due to the global financial crisis in 2008-09. South America is the continent with the shortest average height for skyscrapers.

At time of construction Gran Torre, Santiago was the tallest in South America and the only tallest building on a continent that was shorter than 1000ft.
10. The One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center, that was destroyed in 2001. In which US city will you find this tall building?

Answer: New York City

At construction (2013), the One World Trade Center (NYC, NY, USA) was the tallest building in the Western hemisphere, standing at 531.3m / 1776ft. It was built on the northwest corner of the of the World Trade Center site, in the place of the original 6 World Trade Center.

The building contains 104 floors, 73 elevators, and is designated as a historic site, office, observatory and commercial use space.
Source: Author lones78

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