Million Dollar Homes: Homes Above the Clouds

Let’s take a virtual tour through some of the most amazing apartments around the world; the ones that are breaking the clouds. Here are the world’s top highest residential skyscrapers and their astonishing penthouses!

The main advantage of living in a high-rise structure is the exclusivity and the privilege. Considering the amount of money and time that takes to construct a skyscraper, it is not very likely that another similar building will come up in your neighborhood.

There is a status attached to the address suggesting a glamorous lifestyle. The apartments in these skyscrapers are designed by top architects and designers in the world. Interiors manly outflow the elegant open plan layout, floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views and a private terrace for enjoying the sight.

Esthetically and functionally, these million dollar homes are offering the best of the best; a suite with his and hers bathrooms, private spa and gyms, private libraries, his and hers walk-in closets, home theatres, etc.

Astonishing penthouses

Magnificent views

One thing that a penthouse in a high – rise building can give you, and a grandiose mansion can’t, are the breathtaking views. Living in an apartment with a panoramic view gives you a privilege of enjoying the most impresive sunrises and sunsets – things you can’t put a price tag on, and yet, the amounts of taking pleasure in this benefit are astronomic.

Magnificent views

Architecture is the triumph of Human Imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own Earth ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

432 Park Avenue New York – Closer to heaven


My design philosophy is rooted in the development of architectural ideas that are powerful, distinctive, and relevant to the specifics of both program and context ~ Rafael Viñoly

420m / 1,398 feet tall 432 Park Avenue is the latest addition to New York’s skyline, and it is the tallest residential building in New York City and the Western hemisphere. The 432 Park Avenue is situated between 56th Street and 57th Street, right next to Central Park.

It offers breathtaking views of Central Park, lower Manhattan, and the Atlantic Ocean, and it is visible from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and as far away as Monmouth County, New Jersey. With ceilings measuring almost 400 cm and imposing the floor to ceiling windows, the interiors are completely soaked in light.

Spaciousness, natural light, and breathtaking views are dominating features in these high-end interiors. The most remarkable thing about 432 Park is not only its imposing size, but the fact that a building so tall and grandiose, with over 400,000 square feet of usable interior space comprehends only 104 units of living areas.

432 Park’s residents can access climate-controlled wine cellars, outdoor terrace, a spa, a ‘massage therapy room’ and pool. 89 Floors of this tower include all the exclusivity and the luxury that one can imagine.

The price for enjoying this lifestyle is exceeding $80,000,000 for full-floor penthouses. Architect Rafael Viñoly is creditable for this impressive New York’s landmark.

Massage therapy room

Q1- High living


Q1 – Queensland Number One is located in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast –Australia’s dream holiday destination. SDG & The Buchan Group, who designed and constructed the tower, completed the build at the end of 2005. With 80 floors and the height of 332 m / 1,056 ft, it is a Crown in Gold Coast’s skyline and one of Australia’s most famous man-made landmarks.

Sky Point, previously known as Q-Deck, is an observation deck situated at levels 77 and 78. It is Australia’s only beachside observation deck that can take 400 people. It gives viewers a 360-degree view of Brisbane to the north, the Gold Coast Hinterland to the west, Byron Bay, New South Wales to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

The express elevator to the Sky Point travels the 77 floors in 43 seconds. Its residents enjoy many amenities such as; outdoor and indoor pools, gym, wellness, restaurants and bar, barbecue facilities, children’s games room, etc.

Sky Point Amazing View

Dubai Marina Towers


Dubai Marina Towers is home to seven of the ten tallest residential buildings in the world, including Princess Tower, 23 Marina, and The Marina Torch. The residents and visitors of Dubai Marina Towers can enjoy the Dubai Marina Mall, a shopping mall located in the center of the Marina Towers.

It features 140 retail outlets, spread over 390,000 sq ft, making it one of the largest shopping malls in the area. Dubai Marina Mall is a mix of amenities including a supermarket, an entertainment area for children, shops, and a six-screen Reel Cinemas.

Princess Tower with 414 m / 1358 ft held the title of the tallest skyscraper up until 2014th, when the 432 Park Avenue was built. Incorporating over 700 high-end apartments with 107 floors, this property outflows luxury and opulent lifestyle.

The residents of Princess Tower enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gym, a children’s play area, sauna rooms, private car park, and a luxurious reception area. The top floor area provides recreational facilities to the residents.

Amazing Apartments all over the world

The Torch is located in the heart of Dubai, giving its residents great benefits like exquisite views from all aspects of their apartments. National Engineering Bureau designed the tower. It is 336.1 meters / 1,103 feet high, with 79 floors.

23 Marina is a 90 floors and 392.8 m / 1,286 feet tall residential skyscraper that was the world’s tallest all-residential building until the completion of the nearby Princess Tower. Apartments offer panoramic views and an excellent outside space. The building has 57 swimming pools and each duplex in the tower is equipped with a private elevator.

Apartments with panoramic views

Elite Residence is a 381 m high structure that was completed in 2012. Adnan Saffarini is the architect, and the developer is Tameer Holding Investment LLC, as for the other towers of Marina Dubai Towers.

The building consists of 91 floors of which 76 are reserved for 695 apartments, and the other 15 incorporate amenities such as swimming pools, spas, reception areas, health clubs, a business center and a gymnasium. There are 12 elevators in the tower.

Lux Interior Design

One 57- An iconic transformation of the New York skyline


One57 is a 90-story skyscraper at 157 West 57th Street in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan. It is 306 m / 1,004 feet tall. The use of dark and light glass on the building’s exterior creates vertical stripes, manipulating sunlight and maximizing views at the same time. The interiors are the work of New York-based designer Thomas Juul-Hansen, the leading designer in New York.

luxury living in New York City

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, one 57 graces the center of the famed manhattan skyline. A lifestyle enhanced by the exceptional personal service of Park Hyatt’s new five-star flagship hotel. One 57 redefines luxury living in New York City, rising above it all.


Ocean Heights


Ocean Heights is also situated in Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE. The tower has 83 floors and it is 310 m / 1,017 feet tall. The tower was designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, and it was completed in 2010. The tower, with its unique curves and twisting motion is a remarkable example of contemporary high-rise architecture and a multi global award winner. The ones lucky enough to call this skyscraper a home enjoy many amenities: luxury swimming pools, children’s play rooms, resident’s lounge, luxurious spa with sauna and steam room, gym, barbecue area, etc.

Scyscraper home

Etihad Towers – Abu Dhabi


Etihad Towers is the complex of buildings with five towers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Australia’s largest architecture and design company, DBI Design designed the towers while the development is the work of the Sheikh Suroor Projects Department. Etihad Tower 2 is the highest of them with 305 m / 1, 001 feet and 80 floors. An observation deck on Tower 2 located on 300 m, a tourist attraction of Abu Dhabi marvels visitors with an impressive 360-degree panoramic view of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape.

Beautiful interior design

The Haeundae Doosan We’ve the Zenith


Haeundae Doosan We’ve the Zenith in Busan, South Korea, is a complex of three residential towers of different heights ranging from 301 to 265 meters, that were completed in 2011. With 80 floors and 301 m / 988 feet of height, Tower A is the tallest, while other towers have 70 and 75 floors. The structure consists of three residential and one office building. The curves of the waves from the Haeundae Beach inspired the shape of the building. Exquisite exterior of the structure allows residents to enjoy the spectacular views of Haeundae Beach, Nurimaru and Gwangan Bridge at a glance with the maximized size of windows. De Stefano & Partners, a world-renowned architecture firm, designed the Haeundae Doosan We’ve the Zenith; Jerde Partnership International created the commercial building; and the landscaping of Haeundae Doosan We’ve the Zenith is the work of the SWA Group.
The residents of the Towers enjoy a wine club, a music practice room, a family cinema and several hobby and reading rooms.

Amazing Breath-taking Interiors

Architecture is the will of the epoch translated into space. Until this simple truth is clearly recognized, the new architecture will be uncertain and tentative. Until then it must remain a chaos of undirected forces. The question as to the nature of architecture is of decisive importance. It must be understood that all architecture is bound up with its own time, that it can only be manifested in living tasks and in the medium of its epoch. In no age has it been otherwise.

The demand of our time for realism and functionalism must be met. Only then will our buildings express the potential greatness of our time; and only a fool can say that it has no greatness. ~ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s “Architecture and the Times” (1924)

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