Super Skyscrapers

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  • TV-PG
  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (49)

Super Skyscrapers is a 4-part documentary series that premiered on PBS in 2014, highlighting the design, construction, and impact of some of the world's most iconic skyscrapers. Each episode takes an in-depth look at one specific building, from the planning stages to the final product, and explores the cultural, economic, and environmental factors that influenced its creation.

The first episode, titled "One World Trade Center," follows the construction of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, located in the heart of New York City. The episode delves into the engineering and architectural feats required to build such a massive structure, as well as the symbolism and emotional significance of erecting a new tower in place of the one destroyed on 9/11.

The second episode, "The Shard," focuses on the eponymous building located in London, England. The episode explores the challenges of building a skyscraper in a historically significant city with strict building codes and presents the unique design solutions that the architects and engineers implemented to create an energy-efficient and aesthetically stunning building.

In the third episode, "The Kingdom Tower," viewers are taken to Saudi Arabia to witness the construction of the world's tallest building, which rises over 1 kilometer into the sky. The challenges of building such a tall structure in a high-risk seismic zone are explored in depth, as well as the economic and cultural significance of constructing such an imposing symbol of modernity in a country deeply rooted in tradition.

The final episode, "The Leadenhall Building," features the architectural masterpiece located in the financial district of London. Dubbed the "Cheesegrater" due to its distinctive shape, this building boasts a unique structural design which allows for flexibility and natural ventilation, as well as stunning views of the surrounding cityscape.

Throughout the series, viewers are treated to stunning visual images and animations that showcase the intricate details of each building, as well as interviews with the architects, engineers, and construction workers who brought these towering icons to life. The show also explores the impact these buildings have had on their respective cities, as well as the continuing debate over the environmental and social costs of constructing such massive structures.

Overall, Super Skyscrapers is a fascinating and informative look at the intersection of design, engineering, and culture that has led to the construction of some of the world's most recognizable buildings. Whether you're a fan of architecture, engineering, or just love a good documentary, this series is sure to leave you in awe of the incredible achievements of human ingenuity.

Super Skyscrapers is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on February 5, 2014.

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The Billionaire Building
4. The Billionaire Building
February 26, 2014
A glimpse into the the construction of New York's most luxurious residential skyscraper.
The Vertical City
3. The Vertical City
February 19, 2014
Shanghai Tower is a vertical city, with a collection of businesses, hotels and services in one place. People can work, rest, play and relax in public parks, looking up through 12 stories of clear space with eight stacked on top of each other, all the way to the 120th floor. When it's done it will dominate Shanghai's skyline.
Building the Future
2. Building the Future
February 12, 2014
The Leadenhall Building is known as "the cheese grater." It's the tallest skyscraper in London and the most innovative. The teams that the worked on the Leadenhall project had to rethink every aspect of the traditional building model. This program follows the challenges that come with building this super skyscraper, it is to be constructed off-site, delivered to location, and stacked and bolted together.
One World Trade Center
1. One World Trade Center
February 5, 2014
The One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Featuring the exterior construction's last year, which reaches the symbolic height of 1776 feet.
Where to Watch Super Skyscrapers
Super Skyscrapers is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Super Skyscrapers on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Hoopla, Apple TV and PBS.
  • Premiere Date
    February 5, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (49)