10 Most Expensive Buildings in the World 2021

Many landmark buildings exist across the world. Most of them have highly decorative exteriors and interiors. The world’s most expensive buildings include skyscrapers and luxury hotels, residential buildings, and commercial buildings. The followings are the ten most expensive buildings in the world.

10 Lotte World Tower, South Korea, US$3.11 Billion

Lotte World Tower
Lotte World Tower and cityscape with clear blue sky in Seoul city, South Korea.

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Lotte World Tower is a 1,823 ft supertall skyscraper in Seoul, South Korea. This 123-story skyscraper opened to the public on April 11, 2017. Besides, it is South Korea’s tallest building and the fifth tallest in the world. It features a wide variety of spaces for different functions, including offices, retail stores, the world’s highest observation decks, and officetel.

It also offers Seoul Sky, a glass-floored skywalk, an art gallery, cafes, a seven-star luxury hotel, and the mega Lotte World Mall complex. This Korea’s architectural crown jewel contains everything necessary for modern urban living. Moreover, this one of the expensive buildings also includes the world’s fastest elevator that can whisk people to its top in one minute.

9 One World Trade Center, United States, US$3.80 Billion

One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center, New York City, Manhattan.

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One World Trade Center is among the main building, also known as Freedom Tower, in New York City. It is standing a symbolic 1,776 feet tall, making it America’s tallest building. America completed this skyscraper in 2012 at the cost of $US 3.8 billion. America built it to replace and commemorate the original World Trade Center’s twin tower destroyed by the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The construction of this most expensive building started on April 27, 2006, and the U.S. completed it in 2013. Moreover, the One World Trade Center provides 71 floors of office space, 270000 sqft space for the U.S General Service Administration, magazine publisher Conde Nast, a public lobby, and an observation deck.

8 The Cosmopolitan, United States, US$4.10 Billion

The Cosmopolitan
Evening shot of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The 3,027-room Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada well renowned for its chic, posh styling and incomparable bars and restaurants. The Cosmopolitan cost an eye-watering $US 4.10 billion to build in 2009. Besides, this art-themed hotel comprises two high-rise towers such as the Boulevard Tower and the Chelsea Tower. This one of the expensive buildings opened to the public on December 15, 2010.

The $US 4.10 billion projects are also home to a casino, retail and restaurant space, gargantuan spa and fitness facility, a 3,200-seat theater, and meeting and convention space. Gogobot rated the hotel “The Best Hotel in the World” in 2013. Moreover, the second hotel in Las Vegas, after The Palazzo, offers an underground parking garage at the hotel’s underneath.

7 Wynn Palace, Macau, US$4.2 Billion

Wynn Palace
Wynn Las Vegas Hotel and Encore Las Vegas at sunset on Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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Hotelier Steve Wynn planned to bring his great style to the Cotai Strip area in Macau with Wynn Palace. The appropriately named integrated resort makes us feel like royalty. Besides, we can enjoy everything from the extra-wide corridors, mirrored walls, and high ceilings to imaginative culinary experiences.

This 28-story hotel has 1,706 exquisitely furnished rooms, villas, suites, versatile meeting facilities, luxury retail, Macau’s largest spa,13 casual and fine dining restaurants, and casino space. When it comes to entertainment, the show’s highlight is the eight-acre Performance Lake. Besides, we can find a choreographed display of water, music, and light at night. Moreover, this $US4.2 billion resort also erected a SkyCab gondola to circle the lake.

6 SoFi Stadium, United States, US$4.9 Billion

SoFi Stadium
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California, United States.

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An unprecedented SoFi Stadium is an unparalleled sports stadium in Inglewood, CA. Los Angeles Rams Owner E. Stanley Kroenke built this entertainment destination. The twenty-year “SoFi Stadium” deal includes a partnership between the Rams and Chargers. Moreover, the indoor-outdoor design of this stadium features a transparent roof that reduces heat.

At its Bungalow suites, viewers can almost touch the turf. It’s among many attributes that make SoFi, the National Football League’s biggest stadium, surprisingly visitor-friendly. Besides, this $US 4.9 billion stadium is Stan Kroenke’s vision. He wished for an arena like this to celebrate Southern California and an indoor-outdoor lifestyle for its residents to enjoy. Moreover, at $US 4.9 billion, it’s one of the world’s most expensive buildings and entirely privately financed.

5 Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore, US$4.93 Billion

Resorts World Sentosa
A view of Resorts World Sentosa from the Tiger Sky Tower.

Resorts World Sentosa is Asia’s premium lifestyle destination resort, located on Singapore’s resort island of Sentosa. Additionally, R.W.S. houses world-class attractions include Universal Studios Singapore, Dolphin Island, S.E.A. Aquarium, and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Genting Singapore developed this US$4.93 billion resort. Moreover, it was also the world’s third most expensive building ever constructed in 2010.

R.W.S. features six unique luxury hotels with around 1,600 hotel rooms, the world-class Resorts World Convention Centre, a casino, and adventurous theme parks. Besides, officials conducted the grand opening of this integrated resort on December 7, 2012. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and  Genting Group Chairman Lim Kok Thay officiated this building. Additionally, R.W.S. also provides award-winning dining experiences.

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4 Apple Park, United States, US$5.00 Billion

Apple Park
Aerial drone photos of the Apple Spaceship Headquarters in Cupertino, California, U.S.

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Apple Park is Apple’s brand new, 175-acre corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California, USA. Officials considered its 2.8 million-square-foot main building to be the earth’s one of the most energy-efficient buildings. Additionally, the campus and its nearby visitor center opened to more than 12,000 employees. Moreover, this one of the expensive buildings cost an estimated $US5.3 billion to build in total.

It is also an iconic symbol of Apple’s dedication to design, the future of technology, and green energy. This massive ring-shaped building is creating an ideal workplace for continued creativity, wellbeing, and innovation. Besides, it was the brainchild of Steve Job. So, the officials named the campus theater after him in remembrance. Due to the appearance of the main circular building, everyone called it “Spaceship.”

3 Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay, Singapore, US$5.5 Billion

Marina Bay Sands
View of Marina Bay Sands with Gardens By The Bay shot from Marina Barrage, Singapore.

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Marina Bay Sands is a destination for premier entertainment for those who appreciate luxury. An integrated resort is better known for its vibrant diversity of attractions and facilities. Besides, the vision was to build a landmark that gives Singapore a unique identity from other countries. Unlike other buildings, the US$6.33 billion Marina Bay Sands combines business and leisure into a single destination.

Marina Bay Sands features three 55-story extravagant hotel towers topped by an extraordinary boat-shaped sky park, ‘floating’ crystal pavilions, convention center, retail, a lotus-inspired Museum, and event plaza. Furthermore, the retail stores offer trendy Celebrity Chef restaurants, the hottest night clubs and Las Vegas-style casinos, and endless entertainment at the theatres.

2 Abraj Al Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, US$15 Billion

Abraj Al Bait
Skyline with Abraj Al Bait in Holy City of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The Abraj Al-Bait is the unique complex of seven towers constructed in Makkah to refresh the old architecture and city facilities. The primary purpose of these seven skyscraper hotels is to serve the pilgrims and modernize the city. Additionally, the government opened it officially in 2012. Moreover, the complex cost US$15 billion for the construction.

Furthermore, this one of the expensive buildings is home to the five-story Abraj Al Bait Mall that accommodates around 4,000 shops, prayer rooms for up to 10,000 worshippers, the Lunar Observation Centre, and a museum of Islamic art. Moreover, Clock Tower is the central tower building that has the world’s most enormous clock face. Abraj Al Bait also features a view into the courtyard of Masjid al-Haram mosque.

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1 Masjid al-Haram, Saudi Arabia, US$100 Billion

Masjid al-Haram
Muslim pilgrims from all over the world gathered to perform Umrah at the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

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Masjid al-Haram is a mosque that surrounds the Holy Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Millions of worshippers gather at this world’s largest mosque all year for prayers and to perform Tawaf. Besides, this one of the expensive buildings is also Islam’s most sacred site that never sleeps. Furthermore, we can find disciples are walking counter-clockwise around the Kaaba for praying at all hours of the day and night.

This Grand Mosque covers an area of 356,000 square meters. The Ka’aba was the earth’s first building built for humanity to worship Allah. Additionally, we can see the other critical significant sites such as the Black Stone, Maqam Ibrahim, the Zamzam Well, and  Safa and Marwa hills in Mecca’s Great Mosque. Moreover, officials estimated it to have cost a colossal $100 billion in total.