Ever felt like being on top of the world before? Well here is your chance! Here are 25 Tallest Buildings In The World You’ll Have To See To Believe
Shanghai World Financial Center
Everyone can recognize this building from the large hole right at the top; some have even said that it resembles a bottle opener. This building’s shape makes it a huge seller for tourists who often buy bottle openers and other miniature figurines in the shape of the building. The building is 1,164 feet (354 meters) tall and is located in Shanghai, China.
This skyscraper took a considerable amount of time to construct. The construction began in 2003 and was halted, then continued in 2011; it was finally completed in July 2016. The tower is structured as two towers on one podium and has the highest digital clock in the world! The Federation Tower can be found in Moscow, Russia and is 1,227 feet (373 meters) tall.
Built in 1992, this skyscraper was the first building to use reinforced concrete to such height. It was later passed by the CITIC Plaza in 1996. At the top of this building, there is a clock that changes color every 15 minutes! You can find the Central Plaza in Hong Kong, China, and it is 1,227 feet (373 meters) tall.
One of the tallest residence skyscrapers, the Elite residence can be found in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It overlooks the Palm Jumeirah and has 91 floors, 76 of which contain 695 apartments. The remaining floors are used for parking, recreation, and business.
Empire State Building
The former king of skyscrapers, the Empire State Building held the record for the World’s tallest building from 1930-1970; that’s 40 years! This 102 story building can be found in New York City, USA. It is 1,250 feet (381 meters) tall.
Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid
The Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid is one of three buildings that make up the Abu Dhabi World Trade Center. At 1,251 feet (381 meters) tall, it is the tallest building in Abu Dhabi.
Shun Hing Square
While the shape of this skyscraper resembles many other buildings that were constructed during this time, this skyscraper at a time held eight world records because of its height and construction. The most impressive is this skyscraper was the first skyscraper to put China on the map for tallest buildings in the world! It is 1,260 feet (384 meters) tall and was constructed in 1996.
CITIC stands for China International Trust and Investment; this skyscraper can be found in Guangzhou, China. It is the 8th tallest building in China, standing at a height of 1,280 feet (390 meters). The most distinctive feature on this building are the two antennas on top.
This residential complex is where everyone would like to live, with private swimming pools and elevators inside the apartments; it is meant for a life of luxury. The 23 Marina can be found in Dubai, UAE and is 1,289 feet (392 meters) tall.
Two International Finance Centre
The sister to the International Commerce Centre, this building stands across the harbor from the International Commerce Centre. It is only 100 feet (30 meters) shorter at 1,352 feet (412 meters) tall. It can be found in Hong Kong, China.
Al Hamra Tower
This tower’s curtain like structure is very appealing to the eye. The drape like panel was built to block the sun where the rays would hit the hardest. It is appropriate for Kuwait’s extremely sunny and hot climate. This tower can be found in Kuwait City, Kuwait. It is 1,354 feet (412 meters) tall.
This residential building was once the tallest residential building in the world. it has 101 floors and can be found in Dubai, UAE. It is 1,356 feet (413 meters) tall.
Jin Mao Tower
Although this building resembles the Taipei 101 tower, it’s 31 story atrium makes it different and unique. This tower can be found in Shanghai, China and is 1,380 feet (420 meters) tall.
Trump International Hotel & Tower
This tower can be found in Chicago, USA, and it is the tallest building in the world to use reinforced concrete as its primary building material. It is 1,389 feet (423 meters) tall.
Guangzhou International Finance Center
The steel support beams of this building cross each other to form diamond shapes; this design helped cut down the amount of steel support the building needs. You can find this building in Guangzhou, China, and it is 1,439 feet (438 meters) tall.
The KK100 is the jewel of Shenzhen, China. It is currently the second tallest building in Shenzhen. It has a hotel and mall on the inside with over 100 floors. The building is 1,449 feet (441 meters) tall.
Many probably remember this tower as the Sears Tower; it resembles blocks that you might have put together in elementary school, but this architecture is one of a kind since none other has been built like it. It can be found in Chicago, USA and is 1,451 feet (442 meters) tall.
This tower resembles a dragon in a way; the panels on the side from afar look like dragon scales, and the cut outs on the buildings only add to the interesting dynamic. Another cool fact is that some of the windows on this building can open! This building can be found in Nanjing, China and is 1,476 feet (449 meters) tall.
Petronas Towers 1 and 2
The most noticeable feature on this tower is the bridge that connects the 41st and 42nd floor on both buildings. The towers were built in 1998, and they are both 1,483 feet (452 meters) tall and can be found in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.
International Commerce Center
The designers and developers wanted this building to be the tallest in the planet, but because of local laws that don’t allow building to be taller than the nearby mountains, this plan was quickly shut down. However, this building still stands as the 7th tallest building in the world at 1,588 feet (484 meters). This building can be found in Hong Kong, China.
The architecture of this building resembles most Eastern Asian architecture. The building is broken into 8 segments, each with 8 floors. The number 8 is symbolic for most Chinese speaking countries. the building stands at 1,667 feet (508 meters) high and is located in Taipei, Taiwan.
One World Trade Center
Located in New York City, USA this building stands at a total of 1,776 feet (541 meters). This building is the tallest in North America and stands as the sixth tallest building in the world! Did you notice the height? It’s the same as the United State’s independence year, how cool!
Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel
When most think of huge clock towers, they think of Big Ben in England, but this clock tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is starting to steal Big Ben’s shine. At 1,972 ft (601 meters), this is one of the tallest structures in the world.
Standing at 2, 074 feet (632 meters), the Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the world and the largest in China. This tower is one of the most sustainable buildings ever built; the tower is transparent on the inner and outer skin, meaning they can use more sunlight as a light source. It doesn’t just stop there! The spiraling top of the tower collects rainwater which is used for heating and air conditioning.
The Burj Khalifa located in Dubai, UAE is truly a sight to see. At 2,717 feet (828 meters) tall, this building is the largest in the whole world! It has 163 floors and took 6 years to build.
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