Top 10 Tallest Buildings in the World

Deskarati Top Ten Worlds Tallest Buildings

Deskarati has a bit of a fascination with heights. Over the years we have shown you the tallest men in the world, the tallest tree in the world, some of the most dangerously high treks in the world. And of course we have listed many times the Tallest Buildings in the World. But things change and we thought it was a good time to update our information. So here is our definitive list of the Top Ten Tallest Buildings in the World. If you click on the picture above that we have created, you will get a great large size poster to keep.

10. Willis Tower, Chicago (442.0 m)

deskarati Willis Tower, Chicago

The Willis Tower is a 108 story office building situated at 233 S. Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60606, United States. Willis tower is commonly known as Sears Tower. Willis tower hold the first place of tallest building for almost two decades. The Willis tower is commonly used for office space.

9. Zifeng Tower, Nanjing (450 m)

Deskarati Zifeng Tower

Zifeng Tower (a.k.a. Greenland Center-Zifeng Tower or Greenland Square Zifeng Tower, formerly Nanjing Greenland Financial Center) is a 450-metre (1,480 ft) skyscraper completed in 2010 in NanjingChina. The 89-story building comprises retail and office space in the lower section, and restaurants, a hotel, and a public observatory near the top. The tower’s stepping is functional, helping separate these sections.

8. Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpa (452.0 m)

deskarati Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers (MalayMenara Petronas, or Menara Berkembar Petronas) are twin skyscrapers in Kuala LumpurMalaysia and are 452m heigh. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. The buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, along with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.

7. International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong (484.0 m)

deskarati International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

The ICC tower or International Commerce Centre tower is a 484.0 m high, 118 story commercial building. ICC Tower holds the 4th tallest building in the world since it’s completion from 2010. Construction of ICC tower was started in 2002 and it took 8 years to complete the construction.

6. Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai (492 m)

deskarati Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai

Shanghai World Financial Center is currently the tallest building in Shanghai, and 3rd tallest building in the world. It is a 101-story multi-purpose (being used for Office, hotel, retail, museum, observation, parking garage) super skyscraper with a height of 492 m. The construction of Shanghai World Financial Center was started in 1996 and the building is opened on 28 August 2008.

5. Taipei 101, Taipei (509 m)

deskarati Taipei 101, Taipei

As the name suggests Taipei 101 is a 101 story building with an effective height of 449.2m (1,471 ft). Taipei 101 hold the spot for Tallest building in the world from the year 2004 until 2010. Taipei government spent around US$1.8 billion to build this massive structure.

4. One World Trade Center, New York (541.3 m)

deskarati One World Trade Center, New York

One World Trade Center also known as 1 WTC, 1 World Trade Center, and Freedom tower is situated at lower Manhattan of New York city. This is situated at the same plot of former World Trade Center which were demolished in the 9/11 attack. This building is 104-story tall with an effective height of 541 m. Construction of One World Trade center has been finished on August 30, 2012. The estimated cost for this building is US$3.9 billion (2012).

3. Abraj Al Bait, Mecca (608 m)

deskarati Abraj Al Bait, Mecca

The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower (Abraj Al Bait) is currently the second tallest building in the world, and tallest building in Saudi Arabia. Abraj Al Bait is situated at the holy city of Mecca, KSA. This is a Clock tower cum Skyscraper having world’s largest tower clock. It’s 120 floors are used for both residential and hotel purposes.

2. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai (632 m)

deskarati Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower is a super tall skyscraper under construction in Lujiazui,Pudong, Shanghai. Designed by Gensler, it is the tallest of a group of three adjacent supertall buildings in Pudong, the other two being the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Following its topping out on 3 August 2013, the Shanghai Tower is currently the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world, surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa inDubai. It is also China’s tallest structure of any kind, surpassing the 600-metre (2,000 ft) Canton Tower in Guangzhou.

1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai (828m)

The Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa (aka Burj Dubai) is the king of all skyscrapers with a whooping height of 828.0 m (2,717 ft). Burj Khalifa is 298m higher than it’s Presider and currently the highest building in the world since it’s opening on 2010. Burj Khalifa contains a whooping 163 floors which are mainly used for Office, hotel and residential purposes.

See more about the Worlds Tallest Buildings in our older posts here.

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4 Responses to Top 10 Tallest Buildings in the World

  1. Naan Glozi says:

    I can appreciate that you have listed all these buildins heights in the SI standard meters. An interesting fact about the One World Trade Centre (No 4.) height is that it is 1776 feet high in reference to the United States Declaration of independance in 1776 on 4th July.

  2. John says:

    The Sears Tower is 442 meters to the roof not the pinnacle, it’s structurally higher than most of those buildings at 527 meters.

    • Deskarati says:

      I think you are probably correct John. There is much discussion and argument about ‘Tips and Tops’ in the ‘Tallest Building’ world.

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