The Top 10 Tallest Buildings In The World
The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, has held onto its title since 2010. Other entries on the list of the world's tallest buildings include the Shanghai Tower, and the Ping An International Finance Center.
10. Shanghai World Financial Center, China - 1,614 Feet
The Shanghai World Financial Center was completed in 2008, and has a height of 1,614 feet with 101 floors. It is located in Shanghai's skyscraper-laden and acts as an international finance and trade center. It is home to hotel rooms, offices, conferences, observation decks and shopping malls.
9. 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. Taipei 101 made great waves when it was constructed in 2004, as its design was quite revolutionary at the time. It held the title of the world's tallest building for six years before being surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
8. China Zun, China - 1,667 Feet
China Zun, in Beijing, is set to be completed in 2018. When it is completed, it will become the world's eighth tallest building with a total height of 1,667 feet. The building is intended to act as the hub of the Central Business District of Beijing. The building is being developed by the CITIC Group.
7. CTF Finance Center, China - 1, 739
The CTF Finance Center in Tianjin holds the title of the world's seventh tallest building, in a tie with the CTF Finance Center in Guangzhou. The towers are both 1,739 feet tall. This CTF tower, which stands for Chow Tai Fook, is set to be officially completed sometime in 2018. Its construction began in 2013. The building hosts a total of 111 floors which are dedicated to mixed-use.
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 construction was completed in 2014. 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.
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. Construction on the building was completed in March of 2016. A total of thirteen years of planning went into the preparation the the Lotte World Tower's construction, which began in March 2011. 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.
4. Ping An International Finance Center, China - 1,965 Feet
The Ping An International Finance Center, in Shenzhen, China, is 1,965 feet tall. It is the fourth tallest building in the world. Construction of the building topped out in 2015 before being finally completed in 2017. The Ping An International Finance Center 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.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia - 1,972 Feet
Also referred to as the Abraj Al-Bait of Mecca, 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, an Islamic museum, and a prayer room with a capacity of 10,000 people.
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. The construction of Shanghai Tower began in 2006 and took a total of eight years. This building was designed by Gensler, an American architectural company. Its initial purpose was to to serve as a hotel and office building. Today, the Shanghai Tower has a total of 320 hotel rooms and 1,100 parking spaces.
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 tall like the Willis Tower in Chicago and One World Trade Center in New York City. The construction of the building, which was completed in 2010, was part of an initiative by the government of the United Arab Emirates to shift the country’s economy from one that is solely oil-based to a more tourism and service based nation.