Now, If you look up before at one of those iconic, landmark tower structures, you understand how amazing they can be!
In this 90s, the madness for high rise buildings started, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia. Notable buildings there are Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa,(in Dubai) and Petronas Tower(in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), etc. However, the craze for tall buildings in the world continues to this day.
Here below are top 10 tallest buildings in the world with there unique and respective features clearly revealed. We have also stated there locations around the world where you can visit on tourism purposes to see them for yourself. where you can discover these skyscrapers for all their wonderful uniqueness.
1. Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates – 2,717 Feet(Top 10 Tallest Buildings In The World)
This is building holds the record as the world tallest standing structure. Dubai situated Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with a height of 2,717 ft.
Its Architectural design rose primarily from steel and concrete. Burj Khalifa was designed by the same engineers who design the famous Supertalls such as the Willis Tower in Chicago and One World Trade Center in New York City.
The construction of the building started in 1990 and finished in 2010. It was a component of an effort by the United Arab Emirates government to change the economy of the country from one based only on oil to more tourism and service-based country.
Burj Khalifa boasts of 19 residential towers with 30,000 residences, nine restaurants, shopping malls, and an artificial lake. Burj Khalifa has 163 floors making it as highest floor building in the world.
In the United Arab Emirates has other high rise buildings. On the north side of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Jeddah Tower. The Jeddah Tower, formerly known as the Kingdom Tower, is a skyscraper on hold.
The plan is to make it to be the first 1 km high building in the world and will surpass Burj-Khalifa as the tallest skyscraper in the world but currently; it is the development phase.
At the same time, there is the Dubai creek tower (1300m+ height), which is projected to overtake all other high rise buildings and will be the tallest tower in the world in the future.
2. Shanghai Tower, China – 2,073 Feet(Top 10 Tallest Buildings In The World)
China is now another tourists destination with many kinda wonders of the world mega structures. In China, The Shanghai Tower stands out. It stands at 2,073 feet(632 meters) above sea level. It is the second-highest building in the world.
Its elevators are regarded and also recognized as the world’s second fastest-moving elevator. Particularly acknowledged for the building’s “twist,” it gives the tower a funky and interesting look.
This tallest building in China houses offices, restaurants, shops, cafes, and parks, and there are also observation decks.
As windows that are created with double-glass and nine main sections that contain a small atrium with panoramic views throughout the skyscraper. From those kinds of windows, you can functionally get an amazing view on each floor.
Gensler, an American architecture firm, designed this amazing building. Its original aim was to function as hotels and offices.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia – 1,972 Feet(Top 10 Tallest Buildings In The world)
You might also know this building as Mecca’s Abraj AlBait or Jeddah Tower which is located in Saudi Arabia.
This building has plenty of inside amenities like a meeting center, an Islamic museum.
There are two prayer halls, a shopping mall, a Lunar Observation Center and a living place for 10,000 people.
Also, Its clock has the biggest clock face in the world.
The Saudi Binladin Group, which is the largest construction firm in Saudi Arabia, constructed the Abraj Al-Bait.
4. Ping An International Finance Centre, China – 1,965 Feet(Top 10 Tallest Buildings In The World)
The Ping An International Finance Centre is 1,965 feet (0.6 km) high in Shenzhen, China.
The main contractor, CSCEC completed its complete construction in 2017;
There is a conference center, a hotel, and several high-end retail areas at the Ping An International Finance Centre.
It’s also as per its namesake’s headquarters of Ping An Insurance.
There is a total of 33 fast double Decker elevators to move around its 115 floors.
American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates provided architectural design, and Thornton Tomasetti handled structural design.
Originally, the building designs called for including an antenna. But designers eventually called this plan off because of concerns about flight interference.
This building has one of the world’s two highest observation platforms, 562 meters high, for those who enjoy observing from the heights.
5. Lotte World Tower, South Korea – 1,819 Feet(Top 10 High Rise Buildings In The World)
Lotte World Tower is a multi-facility supertall skyscraper located in Seoul, South Korea.
It completed its construction in 2016, stands at 1,819 ft tall.
There’s even more to the building as six of its 123 floors are underground, which you can’t see at first.
Lotte World Tower includes retail stores, offices, apartments, a luxurious 7-star hotel, and an observation deck that took 13 years to schedule before placing it in operation.
For visitors who travel in and look out the view, there are also restaurants, cafes and photo areas.
The tower is built in a unique architectural design to resist earthquakes on the Richter scale of up to 9 magnitudes.
6. One World Trade Center, United States – 1,776 feet(Top 10 Tallest Buildings In The World)
This building is the tallest building in the US and the entire western hemisphere. It has a height of 1,776 feet and also has 104 floors.
Willis tower or Sears tower located in Chicago was the tallest building in the United States title holder, until World Trade Center surpassed its height when it was completed in 2014.
Magically, its energy expenditure mostly depends on renewable sources, including rainwater reuse, for this, we appreciate the building.
It also serves as a symbol of America’s determination, as during construction, people called it “Freedom Tower.”
7. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre & Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, China – 1,739 feet
It may interest you to know that these two structures – pics above – jointly rank as the 7th-tallest structures in the world because of the same height. ⠀
One is located in Guangzhou, China and another one in Tianjin, China.
Both buildings have similar height of 530 meters or 1739 feet.
The construction in Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre tower was officially finished in 2016 while they completed the construction of the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre in 2019.
In the Guangzhou Tower, which is also identified as the East Tower, you can find a shopping center, offices, flats, and a luxury hotel.
It also has the fastest lifts worldwide that can reach a vertical speed of up to 45 mph.
The CTF in the names of the buildings is an abbreviation for Chow Tai Fook since it is owned by Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.
8. China Zun, China – 1,733 Feet(Top 10 High Rise Buildings In The World)
CITIC Tower (China Zun) is situated in the Central Business District of Beijing, China.
Although it recently finished in 2018, this tower is already sufficiently tall to be included on this list.
In 2016, the tower became the highest construction in Beijing, and in 2018 building’s ultimate full height was reached at 1,739 feet or 528 meters.
The tower is meant to be the center of Beijing’s Central Business District. The CITIC Group is developing the structure.
Unfortunately, the building is yet to be fully made accessible to visitors for some tweaks still need to be created.
The building contains offices, luxury homes, a shopping mall, restaurants, and a rooftop garden.
9. Tapei 101, Taiwan – 1,667 feet(High Rise Building In The World)
This building held the title of the tallest standing structure in the world between the year 2004 – 2010. As expected and also like we pointed out in the above opening section of this article, a few buildings on this list of top 10 tallest buildings in the world surpassed its feat. Taipei 101 boasts of 101 floors, and stands at 1,667 ft tall.
Upon its completion in 2004, Taipei 101 created headlines as its layout was innovative at that time for its earthquake resistant damper technology.
We well know Taipei 101 for its distinctive green-blue hue, an illustration of postmodern architecture.
It equally has a high-speed lifts system that can take a passenger/visitor from 5th to 89th floor in just 37 seconds.
While the building includes offices and hotels, it is also equipped with plenty of observatories for visitors to gaze out of, including one that nestles atop.
10. Shanghai World Financial Center, China – 1,614 Feet
This is another wonder of the world from China, the tenth highest building in the world, the Shanghai World Financial Center tower is located in China.
Completed officially in 2012, this supertall skyscraper has a height of 1,614 feet with 101 floors.
Shanghai World Financial Center is situated in the skyscraper-studded district of Pudong in Shanghai and operates as a global center of finance and commerce.
Inside this amazing building are offices, restaurants, meeting rooms, shopping malls, and observation towers.
The tower has a trapezoid opening to the top and an aerial control function called Variable Air Volume (VAV), intended with a diagonal structure to mitigate twisting and compressive stresses from people inside the construction, wind, and heavy machinery.
As can be seen on this list, China is waxing strongly in terms of infrastructural developments. They are also making giant stride in other aspects of human endeavors. On this list of top 10 high rise buildings in the world. China owns about 5 of them. Dubai owns the tallest of them all, the Burj Khalifa.