The world's tallest skyscrapers that you shouldn't miss

The world's tallest skyscrapers that you shouldn't miss

Updated on September 02, 2022 14:06 PM by Sally Harbor

Skyscrapers and tall buildings are something that the architects of a country always strive to build taller and compete with that other countries. Architects worldwide continually compete to design infrastructure marvels that will create records and mark their space as the tallest building in the world. From China to the US and the Middle East, several stunning structures are listed as the Top tallest buildings in the world, and each of them is indeed a phenomenal tall skyscraper.  

Today, we will discuss striking skyscrapers with a contemporary design and represent the evolution of technology and modernity. So let’s get started 

Burj Khalifa 

Burj Khalifa is the tallest skyscraper in the world, with a height of about 2,717 ft. Burj Dubai became the world's tallest high-rise building on July 24, 2007, and the world's tallest self-supporting structure on September 12, 2007.

Built-in 2010, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa has been the tallest building in the world for nearly a decade. When it went up, it passed Taipei 101 as the tallest by over 1,000 feet. Today, it is nearly 650 feet taller than the building listed at number two, proving just how massive the Burj Khalifa is at 2,717 feet.

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No pictures can truly do the to the skyscraper of Dubai as it dwarfs anything in its surroundings. The building’s appearance is also unique, with a base that is massive in size, necessary to support the thousands of feet of steel that thin out the higher it goes, ultimately forming a spire that stretches into the clouds.

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The Shanghai Tower 

The Shanghai Tower is located in China and it stands at the height of 2,073 ft. The building marks as the second tallest building in the world. The construction of this phenomenal skyscraper started in 1997, but it was put on hold several times due to funding issues.

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The tower had the world's second-fastest elevators with a fantastic speed of 20.5 meters per second but was soon surpassed by the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre in 2017 with its speed of about 21 meters per second.

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The skyscraper of China is located in the financial district of Pudong and has 128 floors and up to 270 wind turbines. It is attached with nine cylindrical buildings, each of the nine buildings or zones features gorgeous gardens, cafes, and some retail spaces. All nine zones are encased in a glass façade and form one structure.

The tower was designed by the international firm Gensler and is owned by the Shanghai Municipal Government and is one of the most magnificent buildings in the world.

Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower 

The Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower is the third tallest skyscraper in the world with a height of 1,972 ft. The 120-storey building has  earned the title of the third tallest building in the world after Shanghai Tower in China. The construction work of Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower began in 2004 and took nearly six years to complete. 

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It is designed by the Lebanese architecture firm Dar Al Handasah. The building is also known for being the most expensive building in the world, because of its construction cost, which was a whopping $15 billion. The building sprawls across a colossal area of 1,500,000 m2, the is also the largest building on the planet in terms of its floor area.

Many people think of Big Ben as the largest clock; however, the clock on the London building is significantly smaller than the notable feature of the Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower. It is the largest clock face in the world, with a dial on all four sides measuring 43 meters.

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Ping An International Finance Centre

The Ping An International Finance Centre is located in Shenzhen, China and it completed its construction back in 2017. The building has been given the title of the fourth tallest building in the world. The structure comprises about 100 office floors apart from a retail and a conference podium that can accommodate nearly 15,500 workers and around 9,000 passengers.

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The estimated floor area of this massive tower is 378,600 sq. mts. If the space in the building's 11-story podium is also considered, then the building has a total of 495,520 sq. mts of area.

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This gorgeous tall structure is designed by a New York-based architectural firm, John Pedersen Fox Associates, which is the same company that has also been credited with several other popular infrastructures in China, such as Shanghai World Financial Centre and Chow Tai Fook. However, the structural design of the building was done by another firm Thornton Tomasetti, which is based in New York. 

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Lotte World Tower 

Lotte World Tower of Seoul, South Korea is the fifth tallest skyscraper with a height of 1,819 ft. The tower was completed after construction for years in 2017. It features the world's largest indoor theme park, an outdoor park, luxury hotels, theatres, shopping malls, and a Korean folk museum, and many more. 

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It is located in the densely populated Songoa District of Seoul. The Lotte World Tower consists of 123 floors which makes it one of the tallest. The beautiful skyscraper was designed by one of the well-known architectural firms in the world called the Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, which is headquartered in New York City.

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The Lotte World Tower is a mixed-use development and features Lotte Hotel on 76 to 101 floors and residences from 42 to 71 floors, and the rest of the floors are mainly used for office space.

One World Trade Centre 

One World Trade Centre in New York City, United States marks the sixth tallest building in the world. The One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Centre, is the main building of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan,New York. It the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, standing at a height of 1,776 ft.

The architecture of the sixth tallest building in the world was done by David Childs and his firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The One World Trade Center consists of a total of 71 elevators which can travel 23 miles per hour, which means you can travel from the ground floor to the 102nd floor of the building in just 60 seconds.

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