Burj Khalifa has been the tallest building in the world since its completion in 2010. Other buildings that have held this record include the Empire State Building in New York (1,250 ft) which was the world’s tallest skyscraper from 1931 to 1970, the Willis Tower in Chicago (1,450 ft) which was the tallest building globally from 1974 to 1998 and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia (1,483 ft) which together were the tallest buildings on the planet from 1998 to 2004. Taiwan’s Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest structure from 2004 to 2010 when Burj Khalifa was completed. Below is a list of the 15 tallest buildings in the world as of now, including the city and country they are located.
15. Central Park Tower
|City||New York City|
Located in Midtown Manhattan, Central Park Tower is the 2nd tallest building in New York City and the United States. The building is mainly residential and is the tallest predominantly residential building in the world. Its construction which took $3 billion began in 2014 and ended in 2021. The skyscraper has 179 condominiums with some of the largest units (seven-bedroom and eight-bedroom apartments) selling for more than $60 million each. The cheapest apartment is about $1.5 million. Central Park Tower which is also known as Nordstrom Tower has 4 underground floors.
14. Wuhan Greenland Center
Once completed, Wuhan Greenland Center is set to become the world’s 14th tallest building. The construction began in June 2012 and is expected to end this year. The building will become China’s 8th tallest building and the tallest skyscraper in Wuhan. Wuhan Greenland Center was initially intended to reach 2,087 ft but was redesigned to reach a maximum height of 1,560 ft due to airspace restrictions. It would have ended up as the world’s 3rd tallest building. The skyscraper which is being constructed at a cost of $4.5 billion will contain offices, hotel rooms, and serviced apartments. It will also have 6 underground floors.
13. International Commerce Center
It took 8 years to construct Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Center (ICC). The skyscraper, whose construction ended in 2010 was the world’s 4th tallest building after its completion. Although several taller skyscrapers have since been built, ICC still remains one of the tallest buildings in the world. The building mainly comprises commercial offices and a hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel which occupies the top 16 floors. ICC is the 9th tallest building in the world by the number of floors. It also has the world’s highest swimming pool and bar on the 108th floor.
12. Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC)
Completed in 2008, the 101-floor SWFC is a mixed-use building comprising hotels, offices, conference rooms, observation decks as well as shopping malls on the ground floor. Constructed at a cost of $1.2 billion, It’s the 6th highest rising building in China and has 3 underground floors. The building was the tallest in China until 2015 when it was surpassed by Shanghai Tower. The third-highest hotel in the world, Park Hyatt Shanghai occupies the 79th to the 93rd floors. Google also has its offices on the 60th and the 61st floors.
11. Taipei 101
Taipei 101 is the tallest building in Taiwan reaching a height of 508 meters or 1,667 feet. It was built with a budget of $1.895 billion and was the world’s tallest building until 2010 when it was surpassed by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The tower has lights that display a different color every day of the week from 6 to 10 p.m. The lights display red on Mondays, Orange on Tuesdays, Yellow on Wednesdays, green on Thursdays, blue on Fridays, Indigo on Saturdays, and Violet on Sundays. That’s fascinating, right?
Taipei 101 is owned by Taipei Financial Center Corporation and has one of the fastest elevators that you could ever find in a build. According to Wikipedia, It takes just 37 seconds for a visitor on the 5th floor to reach the 89th floor. The building has 61 elevators that ascend at 1,000 meters/minute. Each elevator was installed at a cost of $2.4 million.
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10. China Zun
China Zun in Beijing is one of the tallest buildings in the world. It has been the tallest building in Beijing since 2016 after surpassing China World Trade Center Tower III. China Zun is a mixed-use property with 20 floors of luxury apartments, 60 floors of office space, and 20 floors of hotel rooms. Its construction began in 2011 and ended in 2018. The building has 8 underground floors and is the 5th highest rising building in China. Today developers are not allowed to construct buildings higher than 180 meters in Beijing’s CBD, which means that China Zun (528 meters) is likely to remain the city’s tallest skyscraper for a long time.
8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
Taller than China Zun by less than just 3 meters, Tianjin CTF Finance Centre is the world’s 8th tallest skyscraper and China’s 4th tallest building. The building has a hotel with 365 hotel rooms, office space, and 266 serviced apartments. It has 4 underground floors and is the tallest building in the world with less than 100 floors. It was constructed for 10 years from 2009 to 2019. According to skyscrapercenter.com, the building has won the Best Tall Building 400 meters and above 2021 Award of Excellence as well as the Best Tall Building Asia 2021 Award of Excellence.
8. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre
Although it has more floors than Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, both buildings have the same height and are both ranked the 8th tallest in the world. Guangzhou CTF Finance Tower is also known as East Tower and has the fastest elevators you can find in any building in the world ascending speeds of 69 ft per second. The skyscraper is one of the Guangzhou Twin Towers — the other tower being the Guangzhou International Finance Center which stands at 1,439 ft and is also known as the West Tower. East Tower has office space, a hotel, and serviced apartments.
7. One World Trade Center
|City||New York City|
One World Trade Center is the tallest building in New York City and the United States. The building was designed by the same architect that designed the Willis Tower and Burj Khalifa. It has been America’s tallest building since 2012 when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. One World Trade Center is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was constructed at a cost of $3.9 billion. It mainly comprises office space and has 5 underground floors.
6. Lotte World Tower
Lotte World Tower is South Korea’s highest-rising building and one of the tallest buildings in the world. It’s the first 100-story skyscraper in South Korea and comprises office space, apartments, hotel rooms, and retail spaces. It was the world’s 4th tallest building after its completion in 2017. Today, it’s ranked the 6th tallest skyscraper on the planet. With 6 underground floors and 123 floors above ground, Lotte World Tower is the world’s 3rd tallest building by the number of floors after Burj Khalifa and Shanghai Tower.
5. Ping An International Finance Centre
Standing at 1,966 ft tall, Ping An International Finance Centre is the 2nd tallest building in China, after Shanghai Tower. The building has the highest observation deck which is on the 116th floor. The skyscraper features a hotel, retail, and office space. It also houses an extravagant shopping mall and a conference center. Ping An International Finance Centre is owned by Ping An Insurance Company of China and was built at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion. It has 5 below-ground floors and 80 elevators.
4. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower
Built at a cost of $15 billion, the building is the world’s 2nd most expensive building after the Great Mosque of Mecca (the world’s largest mosque) which was constructed at a cost of $100 billion. Both buildings are meters apart. Abraj Al-Bait is owned by the Saudi government and has the tallest and the largest clock face in the world which occupies the topmost four floors. The clock can be seen from a distance of 16 miles. The skyscraper is a mixed-use building featuring residential and hotel spaces. It also has a five-story shopping mall.
3. Shanghai Tower
Built at a cost of $2.5 billion the Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China and the world’s 3rd tallest. Shanghai Tower has the highest observation deck in the world, a record shared with Ping An International Finance Centre, the world’s 5th tallest skyscraper. Shanghai Tower’s 97 elevators are some of the world’s fastest, ascending at 74km/h or 20.5 meters per second. The building is a mixed-use facility and is the second-tallest building globally by the number of floors. It has 5 floors below the ground.
2. Merdeka 118
After its completion this year, the building is set to become the world’s second-tallest building. It will also become the highest-rising structure in Malaysia overtaking the country’s Petronas Twin Towers and will have a 160-meter-tall spire. According to Daily Mail, the skyscraper will have over 3 million square feet of floor space and will house the Park Hyatt Hotel on 17 of its floors. However, the majority of the floors on the building will be office space with its developer, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) occupying most of this office space.
1. Burj Khalifa
|Country||United Arab Emirates (UAE)|
Built in 2010, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. Built for 5 years at a cost of $1.5 billion Burj Khalifa has been the world’s tallest skyscraper since 2010 after it surpassed Taipei 101 which was the tallest building at the time. According to Guinness World Records, the building has set several world records including, the world’s highest nightclub, on the 144th floor, the tallest structure ever built, World’s highest restaurant, on the 122nd floor among many others. It is owned by Emaar Properties, an international real estate company based in the UAE. The building has 2,909 stairs from the ground floor to the 160th floor. It has only 1 floor below ground.
Only time will tell how long Burj Khalifa is going to be the tallest building in the world. If Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia will once be completed, it will surpass Burj Khalifa to become the world’s tallest structure. The building is planned to be the world’s first 1-kilometer-high skyscraper and will have more than 167 floors. Its construction was halted in 2018 by the developer.