September 3, 2018
Skyscraper Day falls on 3 September every year, so let’s pause for a moment to appreciate some of these magnificent buildings and skylines.
The date was chosen to commemorate the birth of the American architect and ‘Father of Skyscrapers’ Louis Sullivan, whose works included the old Chicago Stock Exchange – a 13-storey high-rise built in 1893.
It is often said that skyscrapers are our modern day pyramids. Massive glittering symbols of wealth and power. Bragging opportunities for the rich and powerful. But they’re also monuments to the engineering and construction skills of the people who design and build them, as well as the architects who envisioned them in the first place. One of the best things to do on arrival in any new city is find the highest viewing platform and make your way to the top. Only there can you get your bearings, see the city laid out before you, and get a better understanding of how it all connects.
Every city has its own unique skyline and classic photo opportunity. While they look magnificent in the day, they’re especially impressive at night. And they’re forever changing. For architecture aficionados, there’s nearly always something new to admire.
To commemorate Skyscraper Day, we’re taking a whirlwind tour around some of the great skylines of our route network with Virgin Atlantic’s own fabulous photographer Steve Brookwell, who trains IT Systems in Engineering.
All photos (except Hong Kong) by Steve Brookwell.