What Is the Tallest Building in the World?
The world’s tallest building was a once a title that was rarely surpassed. However, the last decade has seen many impressive new structures take to the skies to snag the record, most of them existing on the Asian continent.
Here is a list of the tallest buildings in the world. Please note that non-building structures, such as towers, are not included in this list. List updated as of: 2019.
List of the World’s Tallest Buildings
10. Taipei 101 – Taipei, Taiwan – 1,667 feet
After it was built in 2004, Taipei 101 held the title for five years until 2009. At 1,667 feet tall, it still holds the record for the world’s tallest building located in a major earthquake zone, and was designed to withstand any earthquake ranking up to 9.0 on the Richter magnitude scale. The unique stacked appearance of the tower was inspired by the Chinese pagoda, and concerts and parties are frequently hosted on the observation deck .
9. China Zun – Beijing, China – 1,732 feet
While this tower is officially called “CITIC Tower,” it has earned the universal nickname China Zun for its similarity to an ancient Chinese wine vessel of the same name. The structure was officially completed in 2018 but is already an unmistakable feature of the Beijing Central Business District skyline. The China Zun is 1,732 feet high.
8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre – Tianjin, China – 1,739 feet
Another new addition to the list, the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, was designed to function as a hub of economic growth in Tianjin, China. At 1,739 feet high, the imposing rocket-shaped structure literally towers over the surrounding buildings, providing enough room for office space, luxury apartment, and a hotel.
7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center – Guangzhou, China – 1,739 feet
At 1,739 feet and 111 floors high, this multipurpose structure is home to a hotel and a shopping mall, in addition to providing ample space for apartments and offices. Construction of the tower was completed in 2016, and since then the massive structure has simply been nicknamed the “East Tower.”
6. One World Trade Center – New York City, United States – 1,776 feet
The height of the One World Trade Center is no accident. Clocking in at 1,776 feet tall, this is a direct reference to the year 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. In light of the tragic fate of the original World Trade Center, One World Trade Center is designed to be the safest large tower in the world.
5. Lotte World Tower – Seoul, South Korea – 1,819 feet
Opening its doors for the first time in 2016, at 1,819 feet, the Lotte World Tower in Seoul became the highest structure in Korea and the fifth highest in the world. The tower is noted for its diagonal grid lantern-shaped roof structure, which is engineered to withstand its weight without reinforcing pillars. It can also endure large magnitude earthquakes and winds up to 80 meters per second.
4. Ping An Finance Center – Shenzhen, China – 1,965 feet
The Ping An Finance Center was completed in 2017, and at at 1,965 feet, is an apt metaphor for the unprecedented population and financial growth that has come to define the Shenzhen region of China in recent years.
3. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower – Mecca, Saudi Arabia – 1,971 feet
Stationed in the middle of Mecca in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s holy land, this brilliantly lit clock tower is located within the vicinity of one of Islam’s holiest mosques. Reaching an impressive height of 1,971 feet, it has served as a cultural focal point for the country since construction was completed in 2012.
2. Shanghai Tower – Shanghai, China – 2,073 ft
The Shanghai Tower, which was completed in 2016, is technically the tallest in the world when factoring in height to useable floor. This means that the view from the top literally can’t be beat, not to mention that it boasts the world’s fastest elevators to take visitors up to the observation deck.
1. Burj Khalifa – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 2,716 feet
At 2,716 feet high, Burj Khalifa in Dubai is not only easily the tallest tower in the world, but also the world’s tallest freestanding structure in general. It’s nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building, just to put it in perspective. Even more impressively, the elevator takes less than a minute to scale all 140 floors from top to bottom! Construction for the ambitious project started in 2004 and was finally completed in 2010.
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