Whether it be due to innovation or land scarcity, the expansion of towns and cities has increased at a very vertical rate in recent years. In fact, there seems to be a great deal of competition between cities to see who can build the world’s most impressive supertalls. Having the world’s tallest building can bring tourism revenue and glory to its host city.
When it comes to skyscrapers, world trends are changing. Thanks to the marvel of modern engineering that is ever-changing with the times, buildings keep growing higher, higher and higher.
1. Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates – 2,717 Feet
At 2,717 ft, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. Primarily constructed from steel and concrete, the building was designed by the same architects who were responsible for other famous super-talls like the Willis Tower in Chicago and One World Trade Center in New York City. The Burj Khalifa has 30,000 residences spread out over 19 residential towers, an artificial lake, nine hotels, and a shopping mall.
2. Shanghai Tower, China – 2,073 Feet
The Shanghai Tower is the world’s second tallest building as well as the tallest building in China, with 121 floors and a height of 2,073 feet. This building was designed by Gensler, an American architectural company. Today, the Shanghai Tower has a total of 320 hotel rooms and 1,100 parking spaces. The view from the top of the building offers a stunning view of the area of Shanghai known as Pudong, which has seen a great amount of development over recent times.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia – 1,972 Feet
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia is the third tallest building in the world. It stands at a total of 601 meters. The government-owned complex features a hotel with 120 floors, as well as a conference center, a five story shopping mall, a Lunar Observation Centre, an Islamic museum, and a prayer room with a capacity of 10,000 people. The Abraj Al-Bait was constructed by the largest construction firm, Saudi Binladin Group. The clock of the Tower is the largest clock face in the world.
4. Ping An International Finance Centre, China – 1,965 Feet
The Ping An International Finance Centre, in Shenzhen, China, is 1,965 feet tall. This Centre features a conference center, hotel, and a number of high-end retail spaces. It is also the home of its namesake, Ping An Insurance. The building uses an impressive total of 33 double decker elevators to access its 115 floors.
5. Lotte World Tower, South Korea – 1,819 Feet
The Lotte World Tower is found in Seoul, South Korea. At 1,819 feet, it is the fifth tallest building in the world. The building features 123 floors, six of which are underground. The roof of the Lotte World Tower was constructed with such a strength that it is designed to withstand earthquakes with a magnitude of up to 9 on the Richter scale.
6. One World Trade Center, United States – 1,776 feet
Standing at 1,776 feet and 104 stories, One World Trade Center is the tallest building not only in New York City, but also in the United States, and the entire Western Hemisphere. Its namesake comes from the North Tower of the original World Trade Center. One World Trade Center was built as a functional building in commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The building has been praised for its use of renewable energy, which includes the reuse of rainwater.
7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, China – 1,739 Feet
Located in the city of Guangzhou in southern China, the CTF Finance Centre is a mixed-use skyscraper whose construction was completed in October of 2016. It is 530 meters tall and is home to a shopping mall, offices, and a hotel. Guangzhou’s CTF Finance Centre is notably home to one of the fastest elevators in the world, which reaches speeds of 71 km (44.7 miles) per hour.
8. Taipei 101, Taiwan – 1,667 feet
Like its name would suggest, Taipei 101 has a total of 101 stories. At 1,667 feet tall, it is among the world’s tallest buildings. It held the title of the world’s tallest building for six years before being surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. An example of postmodern architecture, Taipei 101 is well known for its unique green-blue hue. It dominates the skyline of Taipei and is a major tourist attraction, mainly thanks to its observatory at the top.
9. Shanghai World Financial Center, China – 1,614 feet
The Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) stands at 1,614 feet, has 101 floors, and is one of the world’s tallest mixed-use urban development projects. It serves as a major center of international finance and trade and consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls. The building’s air-conditioning controls feature China’s first Variable Air Volume (VAV) system, in which room temperatures inside the building are sensed and adjusted to achieve maximum air-conditioning cost savings.
10. International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong – 1,587 feet
The International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong houses 118 stories of hotel rooms, commercial offices, shopping malls, five-star restaurants, and an observatory called Sky100. It also holds the Guinness World Record for the largest light and sound show on a single building. These light and music shows happen twice nightly on a 54,000 square feet platform.