Secrets Of The World's Super Skyscrapers

Overview

Also known as World's Tallest Skyscrapers: Beyond the Clouds

By 2050, 75% of us will be living in cities. With less space, we are building higher and faster than ever before and there is a new generation of mega buildings on the skyline: super skyscrapers.

There are now over 100 buildings in the world over 300 metres and that figure is growing rapidly. In this unique series, Rob Bell reveals the inner workings of these extraordinary constructions as they push the limits of engineering, technology and design to become taller, stronger, smarter and more luxurious than ever before.

Episode 1: Building the Dream
This episode uncover the secrets behind the construction of these celebrity giants, explaining how they overcame the colossal challenges, who the game-changers were in terms of design, opulence and height, and what the risks were. What did it take to turn these dreams into reality? Rob uncovers the hidden stories behind the most iconic skyscrapers in the world –from the world’s current tallest, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, to the next tallest to come, the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah.

Episode 2: Living the Dream
This episode gets a glimpse inside the hidden worlds of these extraordinary structures to find out what it really takes to make these buildings work and show how they have revolutionized the way we live and work. Rob uncovers the technology that could enable the next generation of super skyscrapers to reach even higher, from the next generation of elevators with record-breaking speeds of 4,000ft per minute to an extraordinary vision into the future with a city of sky bridges.

 

Duration

  • 2 x 60'

Genre

  • Documentary
  • History
  • Science & Nature

Producer

  • Lambent Productions

Commissioning Broadcaster

  • Channel 5

Year of production

  • 2018