The Most Expensive Buildings Ever Made
There are a ton of impressive buildings around the world that are instantly recognizable from photographs. Have you ever thought about how much each one must have cost to build? Or out of all the lavish buildings in the world, which ones are the most expensive?
From fancy casinos to extravagant palaces to sleek skyscrapers, here is a list of 30 of the most expensive buildings ever built. Whether gaudy or graceful, all of these buildings cost a pretty penny to make.
Masjid al-Haram Abraj Al Bait, Mecca
Masjid al-Haram Abraj Al Bait in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is the largest mosque on Earth and Islam’s most sacred place. It is estimated to have cost $100 billion to build. It’s also known as the Great Mosque of Mecca.
Abraj Al Bait, Mecca
The Abraj Al Bait in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is a large hotel complex consisting of seven skyscrapers. Owned by the Saudi government, this complex was built right by the Great Mosque of Mecca for the purpose of hosting pilgrims from around the world.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Opened in 2010 with a cost of $5.5 billion, this is the world’s most expensive integrated resort ever built. Owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation, it includes a 2,561 room hotel, convention center and shopping mall.
Apple Park, Cupertino
Apple is one of the world’s largest companies, which is why it comes as no surprise that its headquarters is also one of the most expensive buildings in the world. The company’s HQ in Cupertino, California opened to employees in 2017 and cost $5 billion to construct.
The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan is a luxury casino and hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. It cost $3.9 billion to build this art-themed resort. It has two 184 meter tall high rise towers — the Boulevard Tower and the Chelsea Tower.
Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest
The Palace of the Parliament is the seat of the Romanian parliament. Price tagged at $3.9 billion, this is also the world’s heaviest building, weighing approximately 4,098,500,000 kilograms. Constructed over 13 years, the palace has a floor area of 365,000 square meters.
One World Trade Center, New York
The One World Trade Center is the primary building in the rebuilt World Trade Center in New York. It cost $3.8 billion to build and stands at 541 meters tall, making it the tallest building in America and the Western Hemisphere.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Although the name might suggest otherwise, the Emirates Palace is actually a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Completed in 2005, it cost $3 billion to construct. Operated by Kempinski Hotels, this five star resort is considered one of the most luxurious hotels in the UAE.
Wynn Resort, Las Vegas
The Wynn Resort opened in 2005 and cost $2.7 billion to build. Located on Las Vegas Boulevard in the eponymous city, the complex is sprawled over 215 acres and is 187 meters high with 45 floors.
The Venetian Macao, Macao
The Venetian Macao is the largest luxury hotel and casino in Macao, China. Owned by the American developer Las Vegas Sands, The Venetian cost $2.4 billion to build. The 39-story building is modeled on its sister resort, the Venetian Las Vegas.
City of Dreams, Macao
Also situated in Macao is the City of Dreams, Macao’s second largest resort and casino complex. Coming in at a hefty $2.4 billion, this lavish complex is owned by Melco Crown Entertainment and, funnily enough, is actually located right opposite The Venetian Macao.
The Shard, London
This is the European Union’s tallest building at 310 meters and 95 stories high. It cost $2.4 billion, which included refurbishing areas around London Bridge Station. It is part of the Shard Quarter development and was inaugurated in July 2012.
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai
The Shanghai Tower in China is the world’s second tallest building, standing at 632 meters high. Construction finished in 2013, and the total cost came to $2.4 billion. It is also home to the world’s second fastest elevator, which runs at 20.5 meters per second.
Yankee Stadium, New York
The replacement Yankee Stadium in New York was built in 2009 and cost $2.3 billion, granting itself the award for most expensive stadium ever built. It’s the home of the New York Yankees baseball team and New York City FC.
Princess Tower, Dubai
With a $2.2 billion price tag, this is Dubai’s priciest building and third tallest after the Burj Khalifa and Marina 101. At 413.4 meters, it was the tallest residential building in the world until the title was taken from it by 432 Park Avenue in New York.
200 West Street, New York
200 West Street is home to the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs’s headquarters. Based on this fact alone, we’re not expecting the building to come cheap. Opening in 2010, it cost a massive $2.1 billion to build. The building is 228 meters tall and 44 stories high.
Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide
While hospitals aren’t cheap to build, the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, Australia is one of the most expensive to have ever been made. At $2.1 billion, this is South Australia’s largest hospital. It’s owned by the state government.
This building is slightly different from the rest on the list, as it’s not a public building but rather a private home. Antilia in Mumbai, India is the home of billionaire Mukesh Ambani. It’s estimated to have cost him $2 billion to build.
Taipei 101, Taipei
Taipei 101 cost $1.8 billion to construct and was once the world’s tallest building from 2004 until it was taken over in 2010 by the Burj Khalifa. Its architectural style combines traditional Asian styles with modern structures and industrial materials.
The Palazzo, Las Vegas
The Palazzo is a hotel and casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada and is the tallest building in the state and the second in the Western Hemisphere. Completed in 2007, the Palazzo cost $1.8 billion to build.
Bellagio, Las Vegas
Bellagio is a resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. Opening in 1998, it cost $1.6 billion to construct. Bellagio has a reputation for its extravagance and is known for the eight acre lake between the main building and the Strip.
Seat of the European Central Bank, Frankfurt
The seat of the European Central Bank is the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB). Completed in 2014, it cost a massive $1.6 billion to build and was extremely over budget. It's located in Frankfurt, Germany, the largest financial center in the Eurozone.
Wembley Stadium, London
Wembley Stadium, now branded the Wembley Stadium Connected by EE for sponsorship reasons, cost $1.5 billion to build in 2006. It was the first stadium in the world to cost more than $1 billion to construct. Seating 90,000 people, it's an iconic stadium in the UK.
Istana Nurul Iman Palace, Brunei
The Istana Nurul Iman Palace is home to the sultan of Brunei and the seat of the Brunei government. Built in 1984, it cost a hefty $1.4 billion. The palace complex includes 1,788 rooms, including a dining hall that accommodates up to 5,000 guests.
Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Kyoto Station is a railway and transport hub. Completed in 1997 at a $1.3 billion price tag, this is one of Japan’s largest buildings. The building also includes a shopping mall, hotel, movie theatre, department store and a few government facilities under its 15-story roof.
Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City
Opened in 1990, the formerly named casino Trump Taj Mahal cost $1.2 billion to build. It went bankrupt and closed in 2016, but was reopened in 2018 by the Hard Rock International. It is now called The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
The Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Built in the late 1990s, they cost $1.2 billion to construct. At 451.9 meters tall, the towers were the world’s tallest building from 1998 to 2004 before being overtaken by Taipei 101.
Parliament House, Canberra
Australia’s parliament building cost $1.1 billion to build in 1988. Located in Canberra, the capital of Australia, the building is designed around the shape of two boomerangs with a flagpole on top. It consists of 4,700 rooms, and many of them are open to the public.
Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
This tower is one of the most well-known buildings in Hong Kong. Completed in 1990, it cost $1 billion to build and was the first skyscraper to be built outside the US. The building is recognizable for its design of triangular frameworks covered by glass walls.