As cities around the world continue to grow and expand, so too does our fascination with towering skyscrapers that seem to scrape the sky. From the sleek and modern to the ornate and historic, the world’s tallest buildings offer a glimpse into the cutting edge of architecture and engineering.
In this article, Top10theworld.com will take a closer look at the top 10 tallest buildings in the world, exploring their impressive heights, unique designs, and the stories behind their construction. Join us as we journey from the soaring heights of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to the iconic Empire State Building in New York City, discovering the awe-inspiring beauty and innovation of these towering structures.
Topping the list of the tallest buildings in the world is none other than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The height of the building reaches 828 meters. The architects behind this building are the same people who created famous buildings such as the Willis Tower in Chicago and One World Trade Center in New York City. The chief architect of this tower is none other than Bill Baker, formerly the chief architect of the Khalifa tower. The design of the building is inspired by Islamic works such as the Great Mosque of Samarra.
The lobby of the building is designed in a Y-shape to help optimize space. The construction of this building is part of a plan by the United Arab Emirates to transition from an oil-based economy to one that is developed in tourism and services. Burj Khalifa building has 19 floors with many facilities such as hotel, shopping mall, artificial swimming pool, etc. Currently, there are more than 30,000 residents living in this building.
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The Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the world as well as the tallest in China, with 121 floors and 2,073 feet tall. Construction of the Shanghai Tower began in 2006 and took a total of eight years. This building was designed by Gensler, an American architecture firm. With the purpose of being built as a complex between offices, restaurants and hotels, this building is designed with more than 320 hotel rooms and equipped with 1,100 parking lots to serve visitors. The observatory at the top of the building offers a beautiful view of the Shanghai area known as Pudong. Thanks to that, this building not only ranks among the tallest buildings in the world, but it also owns the tallest observatory in the world.
Makkah Royal Clock Tower
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia is the third tallest in the world with a height of 601 meters. This building is a complex for more than 10,000 people, including: 120-storey hotel, conference center, Islamic museum, shopping mall, prayer room. In addition, the building houses the Moon Observation Center, which is used to view the moon during the Holy Month. This building was built by ALJ Architecture – the largest construction company in Saudi Arabia. In addition, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower is the largest clock face in the world and the tower has the largest clock face in the world.
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Ping An Tower
Another Chinese building appeared in the list of top 10 tallest buildings in the world. This building is the Ping An International Financial Center, in Shenzhen, China. This building was started construction in 2015 and took 2 years to complete the building with a height of 599 meters. This building is a complex consisting of: a conference center, a hotel and other retail spaces. This building has 115 floors and is equipped with 33 elevators to move. Initial design drawings of the building with the antenna. However, for flight safety reasons, this detail has been dismissed.
Goldin Finance 117 – Tallest Buildings in the World
Referring to the tallest buildings in the world, it is impossible not to mention the Goldin Finance 117 building in Tianjin, China. The building started construction in 2008. It was scheduled to be completed in 2020, but in 2019 it was completed and put into operation.
Lotte World Tower
Lotte World Tower cannot help but be in the list of top 10 tallest buildings in the world. With a height of 555 meters, it has taken the position of the 6th tallest building in the world. Lotte World Tower took more than 13 years to build and was completed in 5 years (March 2001-3/2006). The building has a total of 123 floors and 6 floors are underground. This is one of the buildings that can withstand the highest earthquake force, the roof of Lotte World Tower is solidly built, and can withstand earthquakes with a magnitude of 9 on the Richter scale.
One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center is the 7th tallest building in the world with a height of 541 meters. With a height of 104 floors, this building becomes not only the tallest building in New York but also the tallest building in the United States and the entire Western Hemisphere. The building was completed and put into use in 2014. Few people know that the main purpose of this building is to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks.One of the reasons why this building is so popular is because it is eco-friendly. Electricity in the building is generated from renewable energy from nature such as rain water, solar energy, …
CTF Guangzhou Financial Center, China – The 8th tallest building in the world
At 530 meters, the CTF Financial Center becomes the 8th tallest building in the world. This skyscraper is a complex of shopping malls, offices and hotels. Currently, the building is located in Guangzhou city, southern China. Not only has it a great height, this building also has the fastest elevator in the world with a speed of 72 km/h. This building is built on more than 27,000 square meters of land. Surrounded by many amenities and convenient transportation systems. This is also part of the Guangzhou Twin Towers.The twin brother of this tower is the Guangzhou International Financial Center with a height of 439 m. Its position is on the other side of the axis, so it is called “West Tower”. Therefore, Guangzhou CTF Center is also known as “East Tower”. Both towers are similar in height, size and function, and are located near the 604 m high Canton Tower.
CTF Tianjin Financial Center (Tie)
Holding the title of 9th tallest building in the world is the CTF Financial Center building in Tianjin. The name CTF stands for “Chow Tai Fook”. The building started construction in 2013 and took 6 years to complete. The building is a complex for living, working and entertaining, which has 4 floors below ground level.
CITIC Tower (China Zun) – The 10th tallest building in the world
Holding the last position in this ranking is the China Zun building, in Beijing. After opening in 2018, it was considered the 8th tallest building in the world with a total height of 1,667 feet. This building was developed and built by CITIC Joint Stock Company and became the Beijing Central Business District until now. It is considered the tallest building since Beijing imposed height restrictions on construction buildings. This building is designed to be environmentally friendly and maximize energy consumption. The rooftop of the building is designed as a space for relaxation and entertainment. Here, you can relax, drink coffee, read a book and enjoy the panoramic view of Beijing from above. Therefore, this is indeed a destination not to be missed when coming to Beijing.
In conclusion, the top 10 tallest buildings in the world represent a testament to human ingenuity, ambition, and perseverance. From the towering heights of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai to the awe-inspiring Shanghai Tower in China, these buildings push the boundaries of what is possible in architecture and engineering. Beyond their sheer size, these skyscrapers also serve as symbols of progress and modernity in their respective cities, attracting millions of visitors each year.
While some may argue that these buildings are mere feats of ego and extravagance, they continue to capture the imagination of people around the world, inspiring awe and wonder at the heights to which humanity can ascend. Whether you’re a fan of modern architecture or simply enjoy the thrill of being up high, these towering structures are a must-see for anyone seeking a truly breathtaking experience.