Is there a height limit that skyscrapers can be built to? © Getty Images

Is there a height limit that skyscrapers can be built to?

The sky's the limit? There are lots of factors that limit the height and general build of a skyscraper.

Asked by: Tasha Toyne, Nuneaton

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Yes, there are many limits. The heavier a building, the stronger its foundations need to be. In turn, that’s limited by how deep it’s possible to excavate and the land available to accommodate the building’s footprint. Even the slenderest designs need larger bases as they get taller. Another factor is the speed of the lifts. People on the top floor don’t want to take all day to get up there.


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