Worlds Largest Controlled Demolition Projects 

Is there anything more exciting than watching one of the worlds largest buildings being demolished? Well, the simple answer is no. Over the years we have watched buildings as tall of 200+ meters come crashing down in a controlled and safe manner, this triggered an idea, why not share some of the most incredible demolition projects with the world? Here it is, our favourite demolition projects to ever be completed. 




Home of the seahawks the kingdom was known as one of the largest stadiums to be ever built in Seattle. This stadium was demolished in the year 2000 by the method of implosion. This is a form of demolition where explosives are used to take out the main structure of the building causing the building to collapse in on itself. Luckily this stadium was not demolished for no purpose, the new seahawks new stadium was built and opened in 2002. 


Singer Building


The Singer was a 42-story office building which stood tall over Manhattan. Watching this building come down must have definitely been a sight to see. There are even still some videos of the demolition of the Singer online. This office building was demolished using the method of implosion which created a huge cloud of dust that made many of the surrounding buildings perform a disappearing act. 




A recurring theme within this blog is that many of these demolition projects were completed within Manhattan and the K -25  was no exception. This “U” shaped building was completely demolished back in 2013 and what makes this project unique is that it was torn down instead of imploded. This was because this building was only 4 stories high making tearing the most cost-effective solution in demolishing this building. 


AfE Tower


The AfE was a 32 story scraper found within Germany and this building was part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. Offering rooms for seminars and social science this skyscraper was used to its full potential until the year of 2013 where it was demolished. A cool fact about this demolition project is that the Afe Tower was the third tallest building to be imploded. 


CPF Building


The CPF building born and raised in Tokyo and was voluntarily demolished in the year of 2017 to make way for 29 story office town. A perfect example of how even the oldest of buildings can be replaced by newer models through the method of demolition. Although this demolition was not one of the largest found on this list it’s good to show a variety of locations where large demolition projects have been completed. 


Zhuan-yang viaduct


Some have described this demolition as one of the craziest projects to ever be undertaken. The Zhuan-yang viaduct was a 2.2-mile long bridge that was located slap bang in the middle of a highly populated residential district. This bridge demolition is a must-watch for anyone who has the same passion for demolition as we do. Just Imagine 2.2 miles of the bridge being demolished, a true demolition wonder of the world. 


J.L. Hudson Company


A perfect example of how 134 meters of the concrete building can disappear into dust. This demolition project must have been one to watch, it’s just a shame that we were not there to witness it. This huge department store was previously the largest building to ever been imploded and when it finally came down it definitely went down with a bang. When this building was finally demolished it almost looked like flowing as the debris and dust took to the sky.


Glines Canyon Dam


Located on the Elwha River this demolition was definitely unlike any of the other projects found on this list. This was an incredible dam demolition was a great one to watch and there is many time-lapses found on youtube which show this demolition project in full flow. It is truly amazing how we have the equipment and know-how to take down some of the largest dams found in the world.

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