15 Most Expensive Buildings in the World [2023 Update] (2023)

15 Most Expensive Buildings in the World!

First thing first, a building is a structure with a roof and walls standing permanently in one place.

It comes in various shapes and sizes and has been adapted throughout history for factors such as ground conditions, land prices, prestige, specific use, and aesthetic reasons.

Humanity has taken building construction to the next level with advancements in science, technology, and materials.

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Did you know that the world’s first skyscraper was the Home Insurance Building in Chicago?

It was the first building to use a curtain wall construction on a steel frame and was completed in 1885.

Today, the world’s most expensive buildings include commercial buildings, luxury hotels, skyscrapers, and residential buildings.

Let’s not waste any more of your time and get into the details, but first, please check the quick overview.

Quick Overview

BuildingCountryConstruction Cost
15. Venetian MacauMacau$2.40 Billion
14. Wynn Resort United States$2.70 Billion
13. Palace of the ParliamentRomania$3 Billion
12. Emirates PalaceUnited Arab Emirates$3 Billion
11. Lotte World TowerSouth Korea$3.11 Billion
10. One World Trade CenterUnited States$3.80 Billion
9. The Cosmopolitan United States$4.10 Billion
8. Wynn PalaceMacau$4.2 Billion
7. Resorts World SentosaSingapore$4.93 Billion
6. Apple Park United States$5 Billion
5. Marina Bay SandsSingapore$5.50 Billion
4. SoFi StadiumUnited States$5.5 Billion
3. Željava Air BaseCroatia$6 Billion
2. Abraj Al BaitSaudi Arabia$16 Billion
1. The Great Mosque of Mecca or Masjid al-HaramSaudi Arabia$100 Billion

#15 Venetian Macau

The 39-story building located in Macau’s Cotai Strip is a hotel and casino resort owned by the American Las Vegas Sands.

It has 10.5 million square feet of floor space.

The resort building features 3,000 rooms, 1.6 million square feet of retail space, 1.2 million square feet of convention space, and 550,000 square feet of casino space.

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It is the largest single-structure hotel in Asia and the second-largest casino on the planet.

The $2.40 billion resort has been entangled in several controversies over the years.

In 2010, it was reported that authorities had found over 100 prostitutes inside the casino.

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#14 Wynn Resort

Named after the casino developer Steve Wynn, Wynn Resort is a luxurious resort and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.

The 45-floor, 187 m/ 614 feet resort covers the area of 215 acres or 87 ha.

The 2,716 rooms resort features 560,620 square feet of the convention center, 111,000 square feet of casino, and 13,564 square feet of retail space.

Moreover, the building features a curtain waterfall behind a mountain that falls into 3 acres lake.

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Wynn was the tallest resort building on the strip at its opening.

Similarly, it was the first resort to provide Amazon Echo in all rooms, connected to the room’s electronic systems and lighting.

The construction cost of the resort was over $2.70 billion.

#13 Palace of the Parliament

Located atop Dealul Spirii in Bucharest, Romania, the Palace of the Parliament is the seat of the Parliament of Romania.

It was designed by Anca Pentrescu and more than 700 architects team.

The whole project took 13 years to complete, beginning in 1984.

It has a total floor area of 3.93 million square feet and a height of 276 feet.

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The second largest administrative building in the world is also the heaviest in the world, weighing close to 4.10 million tonnes.

Moreover, the building rakes in more than $6 million in cost of electricity, heating, and lighting, which can be comparable to the cost of powering a medium-sized city.

The construction cost of the structure was a staggering $3 billion.

#12 Emirates Palace

The luxurious five-star hotel located in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was designed by WATG Architect.

It consists of a total of 390 residences, including 22 residential suites and 92 suites.

Most of the rooms in the Palace are furnished in marble and gold.

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In total, the building features over 40 meeting rooms, two spa facilities, two helipads, a 1.3 km long beach, international restaurants, and various branded shops.

On 24th October 2008, American singer Christiana Aguilera performed at the facility as part of her Back To Basics Tour.

More than 20,000 people attended the live performance.

The total construction cost of the building was $3 billion.

#11 Lotte World Tower

Lotte World Tower is located at Sincheon-dong,Songpa District,Seoul,South Korea.

The 555.7-meter (1,823 ft.) the 123-story skyscraper is currently the eleventh tallest building on the planet.

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The tallest building in South Korea is also the first 100-story building and was the fourth-highest tower in the world when it was completed.

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It was officially opened on April 3rd, 2017.

Construction of the roof alone used 3,000 tons of steel parts and a 64-t tower crane with GPS alignment systems.

The total construction cost of the building was $3.11 billion.

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#10 One World Trade Center

The tallest structure in the United States, One World Trade Center, was designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

The building is located at 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007, United States.

Similarly, it is the seventh tallest building in the world and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

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The structure shares the same name as the North Tower destroyed in the September 11, 2001, 9/11 terrorist attack.

With a total construction cost of $3.80 billion, it is one of the most expensive buildings in the world.

#9 The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan building or commonly referred to as The Cosmo is a luxury resort hotel and casino located just south of the Bellagio on the west of Las Vegas Boulevard.

It consists of two high-rise towers, both of which stand 184 meters tall.

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Valued at $4.10 billion, the building features a total of 3,027 rooms, 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 110,000 square feet of casino, and 150,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

The building was the setting for Top Chef Masters Season 4 and The Killer’s music video for “Shot at the Night.”

In April of 2022, the building made headlines when a security staff removed a transgender guest from the ladies room, took a photo of her, and said that she would be banned for life if she did not vacate the premises.

#8 Wynn Palace

The recipient of most Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards more than any other building in the world, Wynn Palace is located in Cotai, Macau.

The building features 424,000 square feet of casino space, 28 story hotel with over 1,706 rooms, the largest spa in Macau, and 13 casual dining restaurants.

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Just like the interiors, the exterior of the building also stands out among its competitors with features such as an aerial transport system with gondolas.

Similarly, the 288,290 square feet performance lake at the entrance is a choreographed dancing fountain with 1,000 jets and 2,000 lights synchronized to numerous western, Chinese, and Broadway musical and classical songs.

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The construction cost of the building was a whopping $4.2 billion.

#7 Resorts World Sentosa

The $4.93 billion integrated resort located on the island of Sentosa, off the southern coast of Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, was developed by Genting Singapore.

The building sits on approximately 120 acres (50 hectares) of land and employs over 15,000 people.

It is probably most famous for two key attractions; a Universal Studios Singapore theme park and the world’s second-largest oceanarium S.E.A Aquarium.

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Moreover, six hotels in the building offer 1,840 total rooms for accommodation.

Interestingly, RWS was fined for two violations by the Casino Regulatory Authority in May 2011.

The total fine amount was approximately $425,000 (S$530,000).

#6 Apple Park

Located in Cupertino, California, United States, Apple Park is the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc.

Nicknamed “the spaceship,” the main building’s scale and circular grounds caper was designed by English architect Norman Foster.

The building sits on 360 acres of land and houses over 12,000 employees.

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Apple’s then CEO, late Steve Jobs, wanted it to be more like a natural park and less like a business park which is why 80% of the site consists of green space planted with drought-resistant trees.

Also, the center court of the main building features an artificial pond.

The nominal cost for the ring-shaped building is approximately $5 billion.

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#5 Marina Bay, Sands

An integrated resort in front of Marina Bay in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands is owned by Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

The resort features a 1.3 million square feet convention-exhibition center and a 2,561-room hotel.

The three 55-story high-rise towers of the resort are connected to the top of the sky by a boat-shaped park.

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Similarly, one of the major features of the building worth mentioning is its “infinity pool,” which sits at an altitude of 200 meters.

The construction cost of this building was $5.50 billion.

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#4 SoFi Stadium

The unparalleled and unprecedented entertainment and sports destination in Inglewood, California, was built by Los Angeles Rams Chairman/Owner E. Stanley Kroenke.

SoFi Stadium is the first indoor-outdoor stadium to be constructed and is the home of two NFL teams, the Los Angeles Rams and the Chargers.

At the beginning of construction, the total cost of the stadium was estimated at just $2.66 billion, which later increased, nearly doubling the cost making it the most expensive sports venue ever built.

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Interestingly, the building still holds the title with a total cost of over $5.5 billion.

On February 12, 2022, it hosted the first Super Bowl to be played in the LA area since 1993, Super Bowl XXVII.

#3 Željava Air Base

The complex designed to withstand a direct hit from 20 kilotons nuclear bomb Željava Air Base is situated on the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

Shared by the local governments of Lika-Senj County of Croatia and Bihać, it was the largest underground airport in Yugoslavia.

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Moreover, the construction of the base was led in ultimate secrecy between 1957 and 1965, with the total cost surpassing $6 billion, which was three times more than the entire military budget of Yugoslavia.

#2 Abraj Al Bait

The second most expensive building in the world, Abraj Al-Bait, is located in Saudi Arabia.

It is a government-owned seven skyscraper hotel with the Makkah Clock Royal Tower as the central hotel tower.

The complex sits just meters away from the Great Mosque of Mecca, Islam’s most sacred site.

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One of the most stand-out features of the building has to be its loudspeakers which broadcasts prayer calls to a distance of 7 km.

The building had two fire incidents during its construction.

All in all, the construction cost of the structure was more than $16 billion.

#1 The Great Mosque of Mecca or Masjid al-Haram

The $100 billion Masjid al-Haram, also known as the Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, is the world’s most expensive building.

It is the largest mosque in the world.

The 89 m/292 ft. building covers an area of 88 acres in total.

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It is considered the holiest place for Muslims to do hajj once in their lives if able.

The building can accommodate over 4 million Muslim worshippers during the Hajj period, which is also one of the largest gatherings of people in the world.

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FAQs

What will be the tallest building in 2023? ›

Tallest buildings in the world
RankNameYear
1Burj Khalifa2010
2Merdeka 1182023
3Shanghai Tower2015
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What will be the next biggest building in the world? ›

Tallest Buildings
RankNameCompletion A Completed building must fulfill all the following criteria: Topped out structurally and architecturally Fully clad Open for business, or at least partially occupiable
1Jeddah TowerN/A
2Merdeka 1182023
3Greenland Jinmao International Financial Center2025
4Suzhou Zhongnan Center2025
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Which is the No 1 building in the world? ›

Burj Khalifa

Will America ever have the tallest building again? ›

America is no longer the country with the biggest skyscrapers. And there are no mega-tall buildings (600 meters, or 1,969 feet) on the drawing board, so it's unlikely we'll regain that prestige any time soon. New York, then Chicago, laid claim to the "world's tallest" throughout most of the 20th century.

What's the tallest thing we can possibly build? ›

Structures
StructureHeight,Floors
Murjan Tower1.022 km (3,350 ft)200
Burj Mubarak al-Kabir1.001 km (3,280 ft)234
Green Float1,000 m (3,281 ft)N/A
Hyperbuilding1,000 m (3,300 ft)250
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What is the biggest building to collapse? ›

1. Twin Towers, New York City, USA. Without a doubt, the most devastating building collapse in history was that of the World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001.

What will be the tallest building in 2045? ›

Sky Mile Tower

Is there a building with 200 floors? ›

3,280 feet. 200 stories. Almost twice the size of New York's new Freedom Tower, if you're looking for a point of reference.

Who is the most beautiful building? ›

Barcelona's Basilica de la Sagrada Familia is the world's most beautiful building, with 16,104 mentions of the word “beautiful” in TripAdvisor reviews. Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris in France is the second most beautiful building in the world, with 12,931 mentions on TripAdvisor.

What is the best looking building in the world? ›

The most beautiful buildings in the world
  1. Taj Mahal, Agra (India)
  2. Palace of Versailles, Paris (France) ...
  3. The Duomo, Florence (Italy) ...
  4. La Sagrada, Barcelona (Spain) ...
  5. Osaka Castle, Kyobashi (Japan) ...
  6. Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest (Hungary) ...
  7. St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow (Russia) ...

What is the craziest building in the world? ›

Here are the world's top 10 strangest buildings.
  1. Casa Mila (La Pedrera), Barcelona, Spain. ...
  2. The Crooked House (Krzywy Domek), Sopot, Poland. ...
  3. Lotus Temple, Delhi, India. ...
  4. Forest Spiral (Waldspirale), Darmstadt, Germany. ...
  5. Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic. ...
  6. Cube Houses, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

What is the most expensive city ever built? ›

This is an increase of 10% over 2021, while the number of “cold” markets fell from six to one.
...
San Francisco overtakes Tokyo as the world's most expensive city for construction
  • Osaka, Japan $423.49.
  • New York City $419.67.
  • Geneva $402.47.
  • Zurich $398.16.
  • Hong Kong $393.58.
  • Boston $371.46.
  • Los Angeles $369.92.
  • London $363.23.
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Are there billion dollar buildings? ›

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – $1.5 billion. Certified by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest building, at 828 m (2,717 feet) high, the Burj Khalifa was completed in 2010.

Which is the richest private house in the world? ›

Antilia in Mumbai's Cumballa Hill, The 27-story house was built in 2010 at an estimated cost of between $1-2 billion. Ambani's Antilia is actually the most expensive private residential home in the world as Buckingham Palace is Crown property.

Where will the next tallest building be? ›

Located on the north side of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is planned to be the first 1 km (3,281 ft) tall building, and the centrepiece and first phase of a development and tourist attraction known as Jeddah Economic City.

Would the twin towers still be the tallest building? ›

At 381 metres tall, the art deco skyscraper would remain as the world's tallest building until the World Trade Center towers topped out in 1970. The skyscraper remains the 49th-tallest in the world.

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