Heights fascinate many people, maybe due to the view that they provide, or maybe because they provide a sense of awe. Breath-taking heights can be seen from man-made buildings like Burj Khalifa to natural wonders like Mount Everest. Whether it be in elevator or on foot, the saying goes “The view is worth the climb”. These tall structures are the iconic pieces to prove the dominance of human over the world.
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- 10. International Commerce Center, Hong Kong
- 9. Shanghai World Financial Center, China
- 8. Taipei 101, Taiwan
- 7. CTF Finance Center, China
- 6. One World Trade Center, USA
- 5. Lotte World Tower, South Korea
- 4. Ping An Finance Centre, China
- 3. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia
- 2. Shanghai Tower, China
- 1.Burj Khalifa
Here is a list of the top ten tallest buildings in the world.
10. International Commerce Center, Hong Kong
This building has a height of 1,588 feet. It is a 108-sotrey building and is located in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. This center has amenities including The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong hotel, and the Sky100 observatory. It was developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties.
9. Shanghai World Financial Center, China
This building rises up to 1,614 feet. It was opened in 2008, and is located in the Pudong district of Shanghai. The financial center is praised for its design, and in 2008 was named the year’s best completed skyscraper by architects. It has a trapezoid aperture at the highest point which is a unique feature of this skyscraper. Financial support was obtained from Chinese, Japanese, and Hong Kong banks, and Japanese, American, and European investors.
8. Taipei 101, Taiwan
Taipei 101 has a height of 1,670 feet. This skyscraper is located in Tapei, Taiwan in the Xinyi District. It was the world’s tallest building in 2004. The tower consists of 101 storeys, and is an icon of modern Taiwan. Symbolically, it represents the technological evolution of Taiwan and Asian tradition. On New Year, fireworks are launched from the building and are featured on several news broadcasts. The building is owned by pan-government shareholders mainly.
7. CTF Finance Center, China
This finance center building has a height of 1, 740 feet. This is one of the two Guangzhou Twin towers that overlook Pearl River in the city of Guangzhou. This building was completed in 2016 and serves various purposes. These include as a conference center, hotel, observatory, mall, and office building. There are 112 floors, the last of which is an observation deck.
6. One World Trade Center, USA
This building has a height of 1,776 feet. This is the main building that was rebuilt after the aftermath of 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. It is located in New York City, and it is the tallest building in the Western hemisphere. The trade center, Burj Khalifa, and the Willis Tower all share the same architectural firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
5. Lotte World Tower, South Korea
This tower has a height of 1,823 feet. This tower spans a range of 123 floor. It was finished in 2016, and it is located next to the Lotte World Complex in the city of Seoul. This tower took 13 years of planning and preparation, and approval was gained from the government in 2010.
4. Ping An Finance Centre, China
This building has a height of 1,965 feet. Ping An Finance Center consists of 115 storeys and is located in Shenzhen in the province of Guangdong. The building contains offices, hotel spaces, retail spaces, an observation deck, conference center, and a high-end mall. It has 33 double deck elevators and they reach speeds of up 10 miles per second.
3. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia
This tower has a height of 1,971 feet. It is known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel. It is owned by the government and is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This tower has the world’s largest clock face. This tower has a prayer room which can hold more than 10,000 people, a five-star hotel, and a five-story shopping mall.
2. Shanghai Tower, China
This tower rises up to 2,073 feet.
Burj Khalifa has a height of 2,717 feet. Construction was started in 2004 and was completed in the year 2009. It was named to honor the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the UAE, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The building has 57 elevators and 8 escalators. The concept of building this structure was for it to be the centerpiece of “Downtown Dubai”, which would include 30,000 homes nine hotels, parkland, and nineteen residential towers.