1World's Tallest Vertical Cemetery
When Pepe Altstut inaugurated the cemetery, in 1983, it was only a small building, but the demand for above-ground tombs with a view was so great that he kept expanding until his cemetery became the tallest in the world. Today, it measures 108 meters tall, features 25,000 units (tombs, if you will), several wake rooms, crypts, mausoleums, a peacock garden with a small waterfall, and even a chapel and snack bar on the roof.
The Memorial Necrópole Ecumênica is one of the most visited landmarks in Santos and acknowledged as such by the local tourism board. Altstut admits that his cemetery is incredibly popular with tourists, and attributes it to the structure's notoriety as the tallest cemetery on Earth. People from all over the world reportedly come to Santos to see the necropolis where people pay big money for tombs with a view. (Source)
2World's Largest Vertical Maze
And now, a Dubai building has been awarded the accolade of "world's largest vertical maze." The maze has a surface area of 3,947.22 square meters and sits on the face of the 55-story Maze Tower building.
There are a few problems with the last "world's largest" label. First, the competition can't be very fierce — we're not sure anyone else has even tried to build the world's biggest vertical maze before. Also, a vertical maze is almost entirely pointless, because you can't even walk through it.
Anyway, Dubai now holds over 100 Guinness World Records. Round of applause for Dubai, everyone. (Source)
3World's Tallest Vertical Garden
Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel, in collaboration with French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, One Central Park's living green facade exhibits 250 species of native Australian flowers and plants. Its vines and foliage intertwine between each floor on lush balconies, in a vertical continuation of the park below. (Source)
4Vertical Car Silos
5Venezuela's Vertical Slum
The skyscraper has become a national icon since squatters moved in after the financial sector crashed. Occupying simple tents and small homes divided by hastily-erected brick walls, everyone living in the building forms a tightly-bound community. Businesses like warehouses, clothing stores, beauty parlors and day-care centers operate in a self-contained, and relatively safe, environment. (Source 1 | Source 2)
6World's Tallest Vertical Rollercoaster
What's a Polercoaster? As the name suggests, this type of roller coaster is completely supported by a vertical pole, allowing for a complete ride experience in a very compact layout. Though many of these rides have been proposed in the past, Skyscraper will be the first of its kind.
The ride will ascend out of the arcade-style indoor complex and wind diagonally up the pole. At the top, the eight-passenger train will veer to the side and complete an inversion 570 feet above Orlando. Without warning, the train will plunge into a beyond-vertical drop and begin picking up momentum. During the circling descent down the tower, riders will experience seven inversions before winding around the complex in a series of airtime hills. The ride experience will add up to four minutes, which is much longer than a traditional roller coaster. (Source)
7World's Tallest Vertical Farm
Vertical farms, like other types of urban farming, aim to provide fresh produce to city dwellers. They cut down on the energy demands of shipping food from the countryside to city markets, while at the same time offering an alternative to clearing ever more wilderness in the name of growing food. Vertical farms also have the potential to produce food year-round and can be more efficient in their use of water and fertilizer.
AeroFarms currently operates a test farm in Newark, where they use efficient LED lights and aeroponic mist to grow greens. "The plants are really getting a white-glove lifestyle experience," CEO David Rosenberg told NPR. "They have people catering to their every need." Trays of plants are stacked like shelves, up to 30 feet high. (Source)