No sooner does Saudi Arabia break ground on what's been billed as the world's tallest skyscraper (twice the size of NYC's Freedom Tower) than the Chinese say, not so fast.
Although still awaiting final approval from the mayor, the city of Wuhan (in China's Hubei Province) has proposed building not one, but two towers that -- at 3,280ft (exactly 1km) each -- would be the highest pair of structures on Earth. Even cooler, they'll be built smack dab on an island, in the middle of a lake, in the middle of the city. Suck it, Saudi Arabia.
According to a press release from the firm that designed them, London-based Chetwood Architects, the eco-friendly Phoenix Towers will cost over $2 billion to build, draw their inspiration from "the traditional Chinese Phoenix symbol of two birds", and are modeled upon the "Yin/Yang form to represent perfectly balanced union."