Skyscrapers – The Surprisingly Ancient History
Rising as a proud symbol of architectural modernity the iconic silhouette of the skyscraper graces and define the skylines of all our major cities. The history of the contemporary skyscraper is relatively well established with the first major multi storey constructions emerging at the end of the 19th century.
Modern skyscraper architecture design
However, a lesser known and perhaps more surprising fact is that, the very tall, multiple occupancy building has been with us since ancient times. The Romans built high-rise apartment buildings known as insulae in classical antiquity. Sited in Rome and other major imperial cities, these very tall apartment blocks reached up 10 floors or more sometimes achieved a remarkable 25 metres in height. Typically the lower floors of these constructions housed shops, or the homes of wealthy families, while the higher storeys were rented to less affluent occupants.