Top 10 Tallest Buildings to See Once In Your Life

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This world is full of incredibly enthralling wonders. Lucky are those people who get to see these things in the world at least once in their lifetime. What humanity has become obsessed with is breaking its limits and making newer records only so that they break them over and over again. Mostly the commercial skyscrapers are the buildings that continue to stretch taller each time with this obsession that humans have developed. In addition, you can’t even imagine how the next tallest buildings are going to look like.

However, when it gets to telling which towers are the tallest, it gets kind of complicated. This is because it can make the lists alter everywhere as some would count the gadgets on top of the buildings like the antennas in the meters while others will consider these gadgets extra meters and will not add up.

Also what about the inhabitable last floor of these buildings, will it be counted in? 

According to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), “level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment.”

As per this system, over 3,000 buildings have been categorized into the more than 150 meters tall towers.  

So today we are going to show you a list of the world’s most amazingly tallest buildings that are worth seeing at least once in a lifetime.

1. Burj Khalifa

Tallest Buildings Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) situated in Dubai, is the tallest building in the world now. Initially, that is before the building was opened, it was called Burj Dubai. Burj Khalifa’s construction began in 2004. The official opening of this building took place in 2010 on the 4th of January. Before Burj Khalifa was built, TAIPEI 101 was the tallest structure. The height of the Burj Khalifa is 300 meters more than that of TAIPEI 101, which is 830 meters. The designer of this tower was Adrian Smith. The total cost of building the 163 story skyscraper was around US $1.5 Billion.

This skyscraper, other than holding the world’s tallest building’s record, also has other records that are listed below:

  • World’s Highest Restaurant (122nd floor)
  • World’s Highest Swimming Pool (76th floor)
  • Highest Outdoor Observation Deck (124th floor) at approximately 440m (1,440 ft.)
  • World’s Fastest Elevators at speed of 64km/h
  • Building with most floors: 163
  • Tallest Free Standing Structure

2. Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower is a 128-story mega tall skyscraper that is situated in Shanghai, China. It has a total height of 632 meters which is 2,073 ft. until 2015 it was the world’s tallest building. Now it is the world’s second tallest building after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. It is also the world’s third’s tallest structure after Tokyo Skytree. This tower is designed by Gensler, which is the international design firm. The work of construction of Shanghai Tower was initiated in November 2008 and came to the end of completion by the summer of 2015.

3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower

tallest buildings Makkah Royal Clock Tower

The Makkah Royal Clock Tower, also famous with the name Abraj Al-Bait Towers, is located near to the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Suadi Arabia. It is a mixed residential and hotel complex. The construction of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower begun in 2004 and was completed in 2012. This building’s structure spreads over seven towers that are erected above podiums. There is a 601 meters high tower that is adorned with this building, and that is what includes this building in the list of world’s tallest towers.

King Abdulaziz Endowment project was the project under which this building was developed. The aim was to modernize the city in order to provide world-class accommodations with the increasing number of visitors and the residents of the city of Makkah.

4. Ping An Finance Center

Ping An Finance Center

The famous Ping An Finance Center, which is also known as Ping An IFC, is a skyscraper based in Shenzhen Guangdong. It is a 115-story. The designer of this building is the American architectural firm named Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. The completion of this building took place in 2017, making it the 2nd tallest building in entire china and 4th tallest building in the whole world.

5. Lotte World Tower

Lotte World Tower

Lotte world tower is located in Seoul, South Korea. It has 123 floors and is a 555-meter, i.e., 1,821 ft tall skyscraper. It officially opened on 11th of April in 2017. Currently, it is the tallest building of South Korea and the 5th tallest building in the world.

6. One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

It is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex situated in Lower Manhattan in New York City. One WorldTrade Centre is currently the tallest building in the United States and the 6th tallest in the world. The first world trade center, also known as the twin towers, was destroyed in the terrorist attack of 11th September 2001.

7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center

Guangzhou CTF Finance Center

This is a 1,739-foot tall multipurpose skyscraper which is located in Guangzhou, Guangdong. It was completed in 2016. It is famous being the 3rd of the tallest buildings in China and 7th tallest in the world. There is a total 111 above ground and five underground floors in this building.

8. China Zun

China Zun

This popularly known tower China Zun is also named CITIC Tower, and it is one of the newest tallest buildings as it was opened in 2018. This building is a multipurpose building as it features 60 floors of office space, 20 floors for the hotel with 300 rooms and 20 floors of luxury apartments. You’ll also see a rooftop garden on the highest floor, which is 524 meters high.

9. TAIPEI 101

TAIPEI 101

Initially known as the Taipei World Financial Centre, it is situated in Xinyi District of Taiwan. Until 2010 this building had officially been considered the world’s tallest building, which is before the completion of Burj Khalifa. The elevators of this building are capable of going at the speed of 60.6km/h.

10. Shanghai World Financial Center

tallest buildings Shanghai World Financial Center

This supertall skyscraper, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, is located in the Pudong district of Shanghai. This is also a mix-use tower that consists of offices, conference rooms, hotels, ground-floor shopping malls, and observation decks. One of its hotels, Park Hyatt Shanghai, is the 3rd highest hotel in the world.

Though there are many other skyscrapers worth seeing with your own eyes, the ones listed above are currently the tallest buildings in the world. So, which one are you planning to travel to? Also, you can also stay in these amazing creations to have the time of your life.

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