Once the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world, but humans have an inclination of pushing their limits and reaching greater heights, quite literally in this case. Engineers have utilized technology and been successful in making the tallest of man-made structures possible. Here is the list of top 15 tallest buildings in the world.
1. Burj Khalifa
It is a skyscraper located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has a height of 2,717 feet. It was inaugurated in 2010 and is designed by Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings and Merril whose firm also designed Willis Tower. There are a total of 57 lifts and 3,331,100 sq ft. is the floor area. The total cost of the building is USD 1.5 billion.
2. Shanghai Tower
It has a height of 2,073 feet. It is located in Shanghai in China. Its architect was Jun Xia. It was inaugurated on 18 February 2015 and its owner is Shanghai Tower Construction and Development. It has 5 floors below the ground and 128 floors above the ground. Its above floor area is 4,090,300 sq ft and below floor area is 1,800 sq ft. The total cost of this building is USD 2.4 billion.
3. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower
It has seven skyscraper hotels and a height of 1,972 feet. The Makkah Royal clock tower in this building has the largest clock face in the world. It has 96 lifts and 120 floors. The tower’s floor area is 3,343,680 sq ft. It is located in Mecca city of Saudi Arabia. It cost USD 15 billion. This building acts as a residence and a hotel. The architects and the structural engineers were SL Rasch GmbH and Dar AL-Handasah.
4. Ping An Finance Center
It is of 1,965 feet and is a 115 story skyscraper located in Shenzhen, Guangdong. It is designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and was completed in 2017. It is the second tallest building in China. 4,153,990 sq ft is the floor area of the building. The total cost of the building was USD 1.5 billion.
5. Lotte World Tower
It is a 1,823 ft tall skyscraper located in Seoul of South Korea. It was opened on 11th April 2017. The architect of this building is Kohn Pedersen Fox. 3,273,100 sq ft is its floor area. There are a total of 123 floors above the ground and 6 floors below the ground. It works to accommodate offices, residences, retail stores, and hotels.
6. One World Trade Center
It is located in Lower Manhattan, New York and has a height of 1,776 ft. It is the tallest building in the USA. The architect of this building is David Childs. It has 94 floors with 73 elevators. Its floor area is 3,501,274 sq ft. The cost of this building was USD 3.9 billion.
7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center
It has a height of 1,739 ft. It is located in Guangzhou, Guangdong province of China. Its owner is Chow Tai Fook Enterprise and it was opened in October 2016. The architecture firm of this building is Kohn Pedersen Fox. This building has 111 floors, 95 lifts, and a floor area of 5,464,633 sq ft.
8. Tianjin CTF Finance Center
This 1,739 ft tall building was recently completed in 2019 under the supervision of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP architectural firm. It is located in Tianjin, China. It has 97 floors above the ground and 4 floors below the ground and 81 lifts. The floor area of this building is 2,714,055 sq ft.
9. China Zun
It has a height of 1,731 ft. It is located in Beijing, China. It was completed in 2018 and was constructed by TFP Farrells, KPF, and BIAD. It has a total of 109 floors with 8 underground floors. It has 4,600,000 sq ft floor area.
10. Taipei 101
This building is located in Taipei in Taiwan. It has a height of 1,671 ft. This skyscraper used to be the tallest building from 2004 till 2010 before the completion of Burj Khalifa. It was constructed by C.Y. Lee and C.P. Wang. It has 61 elevators. It has the total floor area of 4,440,100 sq ft.
11. Shanghai World Finance Center
This 1,614.2 ft tall building located in Shanghai, acts as a museum, office, parking garage, retail. It is constructed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. It has 101 floors with a floor area of 4,107,500 sq ft. It has a total of 91 lifts and 33 escalators.
12. International Commerce Center
It has a height of 1,588 ft. It is located in Hong Kong, China. The architectural enterprise is Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. It was completed in 2010. It has 83 lifts, 4 underground floors and 118 floors above the ground. 2,950,000 sq ft is the total floor area. It serves a commercial office as well as a hotel.
13. Lakhta Center
This building is of 1,516 ft. It is located in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is the tallest building in Russia. It was completed in 2018, the cost being USD 1.77 million. The architectural firm is RMJM (until 2011) GROPROJECT. It has 40 escalators and 87 floors.
14. Landmark 81
It is located in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. It has a height of 1,513 ft. It is the tallest building in Vietnam and was opened in 2018. Atkins was the architectural firm of this supertall skyscraper. It has a floor area of 2,590,000 sq ft. It has a total of 81 floors with 29 escalators.
15. Changsha IFS Tower T1
It is located in the city of Changsha in China. It has a height of 1,483 ft. It is a twin tower completed in 2018 with 95 floors. It was constructed by Wong Tung and Partners. It is also called Hunan Province Twin Towers.