World's Oldest Wooden Building (Built in 607 AD in Japan)
Believe or not, Guinness Book of Records has an entire section just relating to record setting edifices around the globe. Here are some of the winner. You can see more by clicking through to Architizer.com.
1. Tallest Residential Building
The Princess Towers (Dubai)
New York isn't the only city that's pushing its residents higher and higher into the stratosphere. Dubai currently boasts the tallest all residential building. Standing a staggering 1,358 ft, the Princess Tower has been the world's tallest residential building since it was completed in 2012. The record measurement is actually marked at 1,171 ft, since the height is taken from the level of the lowest pedestrian entrance, to the architectural top—not the spire.
2. Heaviest Building
The Palace of Parliament (Bucharest, Romania)
With an unprecedented number of super tall structures currently under construction or planned, most talk around new buildings centers around height. But what about a building's weight? The Romanian Palace of Parliament in Bucharest takes the cake for world's heaviest building. With 700,000 tons (1.5 billion pounds) of steel and bronze,1 million m³ (35.3 million ft³) of marble, 3,500 tons (7.7 million pounds) of crystal glass, and 900,000 m³ (31.7 million ft³) of wood, construction began in 1984 and was not complete until 1997. We don't see this behemoth building losing its title anytime soon.
3. Largest Solar-Powered Building
Office Complex (Dezhou, China)
In most sustainable projects, solar power provides a supplementary source of energy to a main power supply. But, in 2009, a massive office building in Dezhou, China, broke a Guinness World record when almost all of the 807,000-square-feet complex's energy demands were sourced by solar panels on the sundial-shaped roof.
4. Farest Leaning Person Made Building
Capital Gate (Abu Dhabi)
Abu Dhabi hosts a building that seems to be on the brink of falling over. At a teetering angle of 18-degrees, the 180-feet tall Capital Gate leans farther than any other structure on earth. By comparison, the Leaning Tower of Pisa—who's leaning was not intentional—has an angle of approximately 4 degrees.
5. Largest Mud Building
The Grand Mosque (Djenne, Mali)
Based on the original design of an 11th century mosque, the Grand Mosque in Djenne, Mali, built in 1905, is the world's largest building made of mud—sun-baked earth bricks called ferey. Measuring 328-feet long and 40-feet wide, the huge earthen mosque is maintained by the entire community of Djenne during a festival each year.