Ever wondered what inspired people to make skyscrapers, a life beyond. Are you thinking of the famous sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and wondering about Ted’s Obsession with the Empire State building then you have come to the right page?
Today we will be discussing such skyscrapers that make the entire world feel so small and connected in its own way. But, before diving straight into the list of tall skyscrapers we should be talking about the criteria on the basis of which these buildings are ranked.
The international organization which is responsible for the rankings is a non-profit Organization Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and was formed in 1969 and the ranks of the skyscrapers are produced by the height of the building and only buildings with continuously occupiable floors are included, thus non-building structures, including towers, are not included.
The list I will be enumerating is on the basis of the list generated by CTBUH as mentioned above. These skyscrapers which stand upright in many cities of the world are not just buildings or towers they are symbols of various kinds be it modernity or the evolution of technology and space taking over the world which defines today’s world in its best form.
Tallest Skyscrapers in The World
Here is the list of tallest buildings in the world from where you can see beyond the horizon. The cities’ views from these buildings are mesmerizing.
1. Burj Khalifa
I am sure many of you could already guess that Burj Khalifa tops in the list of tallest buildings in the world. Burj Khalifa which also known as Burj Dubai was inaugurated in 2010, It is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) and a roof height (excluding antenna) of 828 m (2,717 ft), the Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in late 2008.
It’s three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building. Burj Khalifa is also the tallest free-standing building in the world and holds six other world records along with this. It has the highest number of stories in the world, the highest number of occupied floors, and the elevator with the longest travel distance in the world.
Height: 828 m
2. Wuhan Greenland Center
The Greenland Center is the unfinished skyscraper of China. It will be completed in the year 2019 and would become 2nd tallest building in the world with the height of 636m. In the year 2017, the construction of this building has suspended on the 96th floor by airspace regulations. Now, It will be redesigned so that its height does not exceed 500 meters above sea level. Greenland Center ranks at second in the list of tallest buildings in the world.
3. Shanghai Tower
That doesn’t come as a surprise at all, we are all aware that China is no longer a secret when it comes to Tall buildings in the world. Shanghai Tower is a hundred and twenty eight-story mega tower which is 632m high and is situated in Pudong, Shanghai. It is considered to have the world’s highest observation deck within a structure or tower.
The building is serviced by 149 elevators, of which hundred and eight are lifts. It has the world’s fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 m/s. Three of the lifts can send passengers up to the 546 meters (1,791 ft) high sightseeing deck from street level within one minute, which is a world record holder. The Burj Khalifa was designed by Adrien Smith o Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The Burj Khalifa was designed to be the center-piece of a large-scale, mixed-use development to include 30,000 homes, nine hotels etc. The Burj Khalifa was built on a decision by the government to diversify from an oil-based economy to a one that is service and tourism based.
Height: 632 m
4. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower
Abraj Al-Bait is a government-owned mega tall complex which comprises of seven skyscraper hotels in Mecca, which is a city in the Hejazi region of the Arabic Peninsula and the building complex is just meters away from the largest Mosque and Islam’s most sacred site. The great Mosque Of Mecca is also known as the birthplace of Muhammad.
Mecca is regarded as the holiest city in the religion of Islam and a pilgrimage that is known to it is the Hajj which is an obligatory visit for able Muslims once in their lifetime. It is known to be resting home of Kaaba. The tower stands 601 metres tall and is currently the fifth freestanding tallest structure.
5. Ping An Finance Centre
It is located in the city of Shenzhen within the Central Business District in Futian. It stands at a height of 555 meters and is 115 stories mega tall skyscraper and was known to be the first tallest building in the city of Shenzhen after its construction and the second tallest in China. Despite the building being in China it was commissioned by Ping An Insurance and designed by American Architectural Firm Kohn Pederson Fox Associates.
6. Lotte World Tower
Lotte World Tower stands 555 meters tall and is situated in the city of Seoul, South Korea. The tower has 123 floors and was made open to the public on April 3, 2017, after 13 years of planning and site preparation and is currently the tallest building in South Korea.
It is famous for its Diagrid Lantern shaped roof structure and was constructed with steel counterparts. It has a high precision GPS alignment system and the roof structure is engineered to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 9.
7. One World Trade Centre
One World Trade Centre is the rebuilt building of the World Trade Centre complex situated in Lower Manhattan, New York. It has a total height of 541 meters and is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. The skyscraper has a total of four steel outriggers and six sets of double-layer belt trusses. The building is 104 standard floors high but the tower has only 94 actual stories.
The towers were designed as framed tube structures, giving tenants open floor plans, unobstructed by columns or walls. One World Trade Centre is the tallest building in the United States and the supertall structure has the name as the North Tower which was the name of the original World Trade Centre, which was destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
The height of the center is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States declaration of independence was signed and the building was opened on November 3, 2004, in almost about three years after the terrorist attack which had shaken the entire world.
8. Guangzhou CTF finance centre
This center stands at a height of 530 m and has 86 elevators with the top elevator speed of 20 m/s. It has a total of 355 apartments and 251 hotel rooms. It is situated in the city of Guangzhou in China. The tower is owned by Chow Tai Fook Enterprise. It is a part of the Guangzhou twin tower.
The other part of the tower that is the International Finance Centre is located on the other side of the axis and is pronouncedly known as the “West Tower”. The Guangzhou CTF finance center is known as the “East Tower”.
9. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
This supertall skyscraper in the city of Tianjin in China stands 530 m tall with the top floor height of 440 m. The building commonly designed as the softly curving glass skin integrates eight sloping mega columns that follow a lyrical line connecting the centers and corners of all four elevations. These curving mega columns increase the structure’s response to seismic concerns and are integral to both the gravity and lateral systems. They are effective in increasing the stiffness of the building’s perimeter frame, consequently attracting a larger portion of the seismic forces in compliance with the Chinese code requirements.
10. China Zun
China Zun located in the capital city of China, Beijing. It stands at a height of 528 m and is firmly located in the central business district of Beijing. The name Zun comes from an ancient Chinese wine vessel which is also said to have inspired the design of the building.
The building features 60 floors of office spaces, 20 floors of luxury apartments and 20 floors of the hotel with 300 rooms and the rooftop is designed as the rooftop garden on the top floor at 524 m high. China Zun is the nickname of the CITIC tower which had surpassed the China World Trade Centre Tower 3 on August 18, 2017.
11. Taipei 101
Taipei 101 is situated in the city of Taipei in Taiwan. It stands 508 m tall and is the landmark building in the Xinyi district of Taiwan. The building is known to be awarded the LEED platinum certification which is considered the highest award according to the Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design rating system. It is the tallest and largest green building in the world.
It used to have the fastest elevator in the world before the construction of the Shanghai Tower travelling at a speed of about 60.6 km/h and transporting passengers from the fifth to the eight ninth floors in just 37 seconds. IT is 101 story tower built on a postmodernist approach. The tower was architecturally built as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian traditions.
Height: 509 m
12. Shanghai World Financial Center
The Shanghai World Financial Center is located in the Pudong district of Shanghai and is one of the tallest building in the world. The building consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls.
Height: 492 m
Read more: List of Tallest Statues in the World
These are the tallest buildings in the world. If you love heights, must visit these beautiful and tallest buildings once in your life. You will definitely gonna love the view of cities from these tallest skyscrapers in the world.