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"The Chopsticks"

Sky-high and skinny, Hong Kong's "Chopsticks" (Highcliff on the left, and The Summit on the right) are the epitome of the slender skyscraper trend; they take up a relatively small amount of square footage at their base while they stretch upwards of 60 stories high. The reason for this ratio of base area to height is simple: in Hong Kong especially, space is limited on the ground — so where else is there to go but up?

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Highcliff in Hong Kong

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Highcliff

Hong Kong's tallest all-residential building also takes the cake for the most slender residential building in the world, according to The Skyscraper Museum, which is currently running an exhibit featuring pencil-thin skyscrapers. The museum's exhibit notes that the building has an astonishing 72 stories, with a slenderness ratio (the ratio of its base to its height) of 1:20. (To put that in perspective, a building can be considered slender if it has a ratio of 1:10.)

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Hyatt Regency Hong Kong

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The Masterpiece

Also in Hong Kong, "The Masterpiece" comprises 64 floors and houses multiple businesses — far different from the typical American shopping center.

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56 Leonard

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56 Leonard

Strategically located in Tribeca, New York City, 56 Leonard Street has a staggered design — and a staggering price, with one penthouse going for $31 million. Luxury condominiums fill this all-residential building.

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One Madison

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One Madison

Located near Madison Square Park, this residential building stretches 60 floors into the Manhattan skyline.

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One57

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One57

Once construction is complete, Manhattan's One57 will stand over 1,000 feet high as one of the tallest residential skyscrapers in the nation.

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Dubai skinny skyscrapers

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Dubai

Along with Hong Kong and New York City, Dubai is known for its tall, thin buildings. The Skyscraper Museum notes that 80-story (and taller!) towers on Marina City's waterfront "create an instant urban concentration around an attraction or amenity." The tallest building in the photo above (the second from the left) is called the Princess Tower and currently holds the record for tallest exclusively residential building.

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Scotia

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Scotia Plaza

One of the tallest buildings in Canada, Scotia Plaza in Toronto is about 100 feet shy of the 1,000-feet landmark, but its shape certainly qualifies it as a skinny skyscraper.

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Torre Altus

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Torre Altus

Among the tallest of buildings in Mexico City, Torre Altus is over 600 feet tall and towers over the rest of the buildings in the area.

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Eureka building in Melbourne

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Eureka Tower

Located in Melbourne, Australia, the Eureka Tower is 975 feet tall and has 91 stories. It even has an observation deck located on the 88th floor, known as the Skydeck, where the public can see the Melbourne skyline for a fee.

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