Since the beginning of history, men have tried to reach the skies. In fact, living in tall houses are associated with being at the top of the social hierarchy.
Even if we look at the ancient worlds of Egyptian pharaohs, they thought “the higher, the better.”
The top 10 tallest buildings in the world are stunning now, for instance, and may even seem unrealistic.
If you looked up before at one of those iconic, towering structures, you understand how amazing they can be!
You may have known of some towers on this list before, and it may amaze others to know about.
Here’s where you can discover these ten skyscrapers for yourself in all their wonderful uniqueness.
These large and spectacular structures, yet, are proof of how far the techniques of human construction and engineering have gone.
10.Shanghai World Financial Center, China - 1,614 Feet
The tenth highest building in the world is located in China.
Completed officially in 2012, the Shanghai World Financial Center has a height of 1,614 feet with 101 floors.
It is situated in the skyscraper-laden district of Pudong in Shanghai and operates as a global center of finance and commerce.
Inside there are offices, restaurants, meeting rooms, shopping malls, and observation towers.
Its 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.
9. Tapei 101, Taiwan - 1,667 feet
Taipei 101 has 101 floors, as its name suggests. It is one of the tallest buildings in the world at 1,667 feet tall.
When it was built in 2004, Taipei 101 created great headlines as its layout was innovative at that time for its earthquake resistant damper technology.
From 2004 to 2010, it was considered the tallest skyscraper in the world until another building on this list surpassed its position.
We well know Taipei 101 for its distinctive green-blue hue, an illustration of postmodern architecture. Its high-speed lifts can bring a passenger in just 37 seconds from the 5th to the 89th floor.
While the building includes offices and hotels, it also includes plenty of observatories for visitors to gaze out of, including one at the very top.
It also has lovely shows of fireworks every year on New Year’s Eve.
8.China Zun, China - 1,733 Feet
Although recently finished its construction in 2018, it is already sufficiently tall to make on this list.
In 2016, the tower became the highest building 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, some tweaks still need to be created, and the building is still not accessible to visitors until 2019.
When it is, it will contain offices, luxury apartments, a hotel, and even a rooftop garden.
7. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre & Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, China - 1,739 feet
Because they are the same size, these two buildings rank together as the seventh highest building in the world. Both towers are 1,739 meters high or 530 meters tall.
While they perfected the building in Tianjin in 2019, the building in Guangzhou was officially completed in 2016.
A shopping mall, offices, apartments, and a hotel are located in the Guangzhou Tower, also recognized as the East Tower.
It also has the world’s fastest lifts capable of moving up to 45 mph. The CTF in the titles of the buildings stands for Chow Tai Fook, as Chow Tai Fook Enterprises owns the towers.
6. One World Trade Center, United States - 1,776 feet
One World Trade Center, which stands at 1,776 feet and 104 stories, is the tallest building not only in New York City but also in the United States and the entire Western Hemisphere.
In 2014, they finished the construction. Its name originates from the original World Trade Center’s North Tower.
One World Trade Center was constructed to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a cultural construction.
The building is admired for using renewable energy, including rainwater reuse.
It also serves as a sign of the determination of America and was referred to as the “Freedom Tower” during construction.
5. Lotte World Tower, South Korea - 1,819 Feet
The Lotte World Tower, completed in 2016, stands at 1,819 feet or 554.5 meters. There’s even more to the building as six of its 123 floors are underground, which you can’t see at first.
The building includes retail stores, offices, apartments, a luxurious hotel, and an observation deck, taking 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 and was specifically intended on the Richter scale to resist earthquakes of up to 9 magnitudes.
4. Ping An International Finance Centre, China - 1,965 Feet
The Ping An International Finance Centre is 1,965 feet high in Shenzhen, China. It is the fourth-tallest building in the world. The construction was completed 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.
For access to its 115 floors, the building uses an amazing number of 33 double-decker elevators.
Originally, the building designs called for including an antenna. But they eventually called this plan off because of concerns about flight interference.
For those who love heights, this building has one of two tallest observation decks in the world at 562 meters high.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia - 1,972 Feet
You might also know this building as Mecca’s Abraj Al-Bait. It works whichever name.
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower is the third tallest building in the world, at 1,972 feet or 601 meters.
This building has plenty of inside amenities like a meeting center, an Islamic museum.
Two worship rooms with space for 10,000 people, a five-story shopping mall, and a Lunar Observation Center.
Also, building’s clock holds the title of the world’s largest clock face.
The Saudi Binladin Group, which is the largest construction firm in Saudi Arabia, constructed the Abraj Al-Bait.
2. Shanghai Tower, China - 2,073 Feet
The Shanghai Tower, which stands at 2,703 feet or 632 meters, the second-highest building in the world.
It also has elevators 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.
Inside there are offices, a restaurant, 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, you can functionally get an amazing view on each floor.
Gensler, an American architecture firm, designed this building. Its original aim was to function for hotels and offices.
1. Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates - 2,717 Feet
On the north side of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Jeddah Tower, formerly known as the Kingdom Tower, is a skyscraper on hold.
It is planned to be the first 1 km high building in the world and will surpass Burj-Khalifa as the tallest structure in the world but currently; it is the development phase.
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