In recent years, there is a rapid growth rate observed in the expansion of towns and cities with intensities to build skyscrapers. The reason behind this construction of marvelous skyscrapers may be land scarcity. Nowadays, there exists a competition among the world’s famous cities in terms of building these impressive architectural landmarks which not only helps to bring glory for the city but also generates higher tourism revenue for the government.
Trends of skyscrapers throughout the world are changing continuously. A few years ago, North America owned about 75% of the tallest buildings in the world. Nowadays, the crown has been shifted to the Middle East and Asia. Below we will discuss some tallest buildings throughout the world.
10. Shanghai World Financial Centre, China – 1,614 Feet
The Shanghai World Financial Centre is one of the tallest building in the world of 1,614 feet height. It was completed in the year 2008 with 101 floors. It is one of the prominent international finance and trade centre located in Pudong district of Shanghai. It comprises of many offices, hotel rooms, conferences, and shopping malls. At the peak, the tower has an aperture of trapezoidal shape and Variable Air Volume system (VAV) controls the air circulation within the building.The design of this skyscraper has been very positively appreciated by renowned architects.
9. Tapei 101, Taiwan – 1,667 feet
Tapei 101 of 1,667 feet height consists of a total number of 101 stories like its name. In 2004, Tapei 101 was acknowledged all over the world due to its revolutionary design compared to contemporary structures. Before Burj Khalifa emerged in the scenario, Tapei 101 retained its crown as the tallest building of the world for six years. Being an example of 21st century architecture, Tapei 101 is famous for its unmatched green-blue hue. This unique skyscraper is one of the major tourist attractions in Taipei with an observatory at the top.
8. China Zun, China – 1,667 Feet
China Zun which is being constructed in Beijing, will be crowned as the eighth tallest building in the world with a total height of 1,667 feet. The target completion year is 2018. The building will act as the hub of the Central Business District of Beijing. The CITIC Groupis the prime developer of the building.
7. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, China – 1, 739 (Tie)
The CTF Finance Centre located in Tianjin which jointly bears the title of the seventh tallest building in the world with the CTF Finance Centre situated in Guangzhou. The tower is of 1,739 feet high and the massive construction of this skyscraper is expected to be constructed by 2018.The building comprises of a total of 97 floors which are meant for mixed-use.
7.2 Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, China – 1,739 Feet (Tie)
The CTF Finance Centre is located in the Guangzhou city in southern part of China. This tower was inaugurated in the year 2016. The CTF Finance Centre is home to many multinational offices, hotels, shopping malls, and conference rooms. Being of height 503 m or 1,739 feet, this tower jointly holds the position of the seventh tallest building of the world. This tower also comprises of one the fastest elevator in the world of speed 71 kmph.
6. One World Trade Centre, United States – 1,776 feet
One World trade centre was newly built in New York City after the demolition of World Trade Centre in 9/11 terrorist attack. The tower is also named after the original twin tower. The tower is of 1,776 feet height and has 104 floors of multipurpose use. This skyscraper is not only tallest in New York but also in the whole United States of America. The construction of this tower was completed in the year 2014. The building has been highly appreciated for the use of renewable energy including the reuse of rainwater.
5. Lotte World Tower, South Korea – 1,819 Feet
The Lotte World Tower is situated in Seoul city of South Korea. Itis known as the fifth tallest building in the world comprising a height of 1,819 feet. The Construction on this skyscraper was completed in the year 2016.After a rigorous planning of total thirteen years, the Lotte World Tower’s construction work began in March of 2011.The building comprises of total 123 floors of which six numbers are underground. The roof of this skyscraper is designed in such a manner that it can withstand an earthquake of a magnitude up to 9.0 on the Richter scale.
4. Ping An International Finance Centre, China – 1,965 Feet
The height of Ping an International Finance Centre, in Shenzhen, China, is 1,965 feet.This building is known to be the fourth tallest building in the world. The Ping An International Finance Centre is home to many conference centres, hotel rooms, offices, and a number of high-end shopping malls. The office of the company Ping An Insurance is also located within this tower. The building comprises of a total of 33 numbers of impressive double-decker elevators which enable the access to its 115 floors.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia – 1,972 Feet
Makkah Royal Clock Tower is also known as the Abraj Al-Bait of Mecca of 1,972 feet height located in Saudi Arabia. It holds the third position amongst the tallest buildings in the world. This government-owned complex of Saudi Arabia consists a hotel with 120 floors, a lavish five-story shopping mall, an Islamic museum, a well-decorated conference centre, and a large prayer room which has a capacity of nearly 10,000 people at a time.
The building also features a Lunar Observation Centre to watch the moon in the holy month as per Islamic belief. The Saudi Binladin Group which is the largest construction company in Saudi Arabia was involved with the construction work of this skyscraper. This building also features a unique clock which has the largest face in the world.
2. Shanghai Tower, China – 2,073 Feet
The Shanghai Tower is crowned as second tallest building in the world and it is also as the tallest building within China. This skyscraper features of 121 floors with a height of 2,073 feet. The construction of this massive Tower began in the year of 2006 and it took almost eight years to complete the job.
This building was designed by an American architectural company named as Gensler. Today, the Shanghai Tower acquires a total number of 320 hotel rooms with 1,100 parking lots. The top-view from the roof of the building gives a stunning view of the Pudongarea of Shanghai city. In recent times, this Pudong area has observed a great amount of development.
1. Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates – 2,717 Feet
Dubai’s crown Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world of 2,717 feet height. The chief architects of this tallest tower also designed some of the architectural marvels like the Willis Tower in Chicago and One World Trade Centre in New York City.
The initiative of construction of such a skyscraper was taken by the government of the United Arab Emirates for shifting of the economic focus to the tourism and service industry from the sole oil-based one.The Burj Khalifa accommodates almost 30,000 residences which are spread out over the 19 residential towers including nine hotels, an artificial lake, and a shopping mall.
Hope you gathered enough knowledge about the tallest buildings throughout the world. The above-mentioned skyscrapers are some of the marvels of modern engineering which is ever-changing and innovative. With the passage of time, we hope that the buildings will keep growing higher, higher, and higher.