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Searching around the internet for the world’s most expensive construction? Well, in that case, look no further as you’ve just stumbled across your destination. In the article, we’ll be disclosing a list of the most expensive buildings in the world ever constructed.

Buildings can be constructed with a set of different purposes such as a residential complex, a skyscraper, a casino, or even a sports venue. And every one of these constructions involves a team of visionaries, field experts, and loads of money.

While the investment of a ridiculous amount of money dealing in millions and even billions of dollars is justified with all the lavish interiors and exteriors in some of these extravagant buildings, stick with us till the end as we begin our countdown of the 10 most expensive buildings in the world.

Countdown of The Most Expensive Buildings

#10 Lotte World Tower 

Formerly named Lotte World Premium Tower, the 123-story skyscraper is not just the tallest building in South Korea but also takes the spot of the fifth tallest structure in the world worth about $3.1 billion. Located in Sincheon-dong in the Seoul Special city, the building stands tall at a height of around 555 meters (or 1,820 feet).

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Inside Korea’s architectural crown jewel, you’ll find cafes, retail stores, offices, and a 7-star luxury hotel in addition to the mega Lotte World Mall complex, the glass-floored Seoul Sky skywalk, and even one of the world’s fastest elevators, the Sky Shuttle, that takes about one minute to ride from bottom to top.

#9 One World Trade Center

Alternatively known as the Freedom Tower, the One World Trade Center, standing at a height of 1,776 feet, is a symbolic skyscraper built to commemorate the original Twin Towers that were destroyed in the infamous terrorist attack of 9/11.

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Not just one of the main buildings in New York City’s skyline, One WTC is also America’s tallest building that completed its 270,000 square-feet construction in 2013 at a cost of about $3.9 billion making the skyscraper one of the most expensive buildings in the world.

#8 The Cosmopolitan

Commonly referred to as The Cosmo, the 3027-room luxury hotel and resort casino is the USA’s second entry on the list. Located at Las Vegas Boulevard in Paradise, Nevada, the metropolitan-themed project is estimated at an impressive cost of over $4 billion.

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The world-renowned building features signature attractions such as The Boulevard and Chelsea Towers, The Chandelier, Marquee Nightclub, and some of the world’s remarkable restaurants including Momofuku, The Henry, Holsteins, and others.

#7 Wynn Palace

Up next among the most expensive buildings in the world, we’ve got the $4.2 billion worth project of the luxury resort – Wynn Palace located in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

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Featuring a 28-story hotel with over 1700 rooms and a casino with a total gaming space of 420,000+ square feet, the exquisite building also includes Macau’s largest spa and the signature attraction of the 8-acre performance lake and the unique SkyCab gondolas.

#6 Resorts World Sentosa 

Simply abbreviated as RWS, the Resorts World Sentosa is one of Asia’s premium destination resorts located on the Sentosa island near the southern coast of Singapore. Developed by the Genting Singapore Group, the resort project was ranked the third most expensive building ever constructed in 2010.

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The $4.93 billion worth integrated resort features a Universal Studios theme park, Adventure Cove Waterpark, The Maritime Experiential Museum, Dolphin Island in addition to one of the world’s largest oceanariums – S.E.A. Aquarium.

#5 Apple Park

Next on our list of the most expensive buildings, we’ve got the 175-acre corporate headquarters of Apple Inc. based in Cupertino, California. The building’s circular groundscraper design earned it the nickname of ‘the Spaceship’ by the media.

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The design not only represents Apple’s iconic symbol of its dedication to creativity and innovation as part of the future of technology but also serves as one of the most energy-efficient buildings ever constructed on the planet. Apple’s 2.8 million-square-foot HQ building is estimated to have a construction cost of about $5.3 billion.

#4 SoFi Stadium

Another California-based building makes it on the list. Located at just 3 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport is the world’s most expensive stadium structure ever constructed by mankind with a nominal cost of around $5.5 billion. 

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Apart from being the home stadium to NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, the SoFi stadium is also scheduled to host the Super Bowl LVI in February 2022 and WrestleMania 39 that’s set to happen in April 2023.

#3 Marina Bay Sands

Up next in this list of the world’s most expensive buildings, we’ve got the Marina Bay Sands which is often dubbed as the most expensive standalone casino property in the world at a cost amounting to around $6.88 billion.

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Located in Downtown Core, Singapore fronting Marina Bay, the integrated 3-tower resort complex features the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Sands SkyPark, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall in addition to a 2561-room luxury hotel.

#2 Abraj Al-Bait

Officially opened in 2012, the Abraj Al-Bait is a government-owned complex of seven skyscraper hotels located in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. With an estimated cost of about $16 billion, the property was constructed with the aim to serve and cater to the pilgrims while modernizing the city.

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The central Makkah Clock Royal Tower is the tallest structure in Saudi Arabia and the third-tallest building in the world while also holding the record for the world’s largest clock face. Another fact that might interest you is that this building complex is just meters away from our top-spot holder of the most expensive building. 

#1 The Great Mosque of Mecca

Also known as the Masjid al-Haram, the Great Mosque of Mecca is the holiest site of Islam which every Muslim must visit at least once in their lives. Surrounding the Holy Kaaba in Mecca, the mosque is a sacred site of pilgrimage in the Hajj.

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Apart from being the world’s largest mosque and the eighth largest building, the Great Mosque of Mecca also tops off this list as the most expensive building in the world with an estimated cost amounting to an astonishing $100 billion.

Wrapping Up

This brings us to the end of our article. From some of the tallest skyscrapers to the largest stadiums and innovative building designs, we took a look at the ten most expensive buildings currently up and running. If you found the article informative and helpful, share it with your friends.

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