Vertical City takes a high rise hike around the globe’s most iconic skyscrapers, seeing these potent symbols of ambition and wealth from a fresh perspective.
Scaling the tallest towers across the world from New York to Sweden, from Chicago to Melbourne, architects Charlie Luxton (BBC3’s Dreamspaces & BBC2’s Restored to Glory) and Keith Keaveney get high and see these bold buildings on a grand scale and at great heights from a unique perspective, as well as uncovering the stories of power, politics and daring design that lie behind them.
From interviewing the world’s leading architects – including Santiago Calatrava and Cesar Pelli – to taking a breathtaking ride down the side of each building to touch and view these awesome skyscrapers up close and personal, the presenters reveal every hidden secret of ten supertowers.
Vertical City also paints an intimate portrait of each tower by meeting the people who have a special relationship with it – from office workers and residents, to the window washers and those who carry out repairs on top of the world’s most instantly recognizable icons.
Filmed in HD, the series features fantastic aerial footage and dynamic visuals to capture design details that can be lost at ground level but which make the buildings truly come alive.
Even before the modern skyscraper, the super tall building has been a source of innovation and fierce competition – and no time was the fight for height fiercer than in the late 18th century when cathedrals across Europe competed to make their spires the tallest. Cologne was the tallest building in the world for 4 years – but where did the money for these religious super spires come from? And just how fierce – and dirty - did the fight become? Presented by Charlie Luxton.