Top 10 Buildings In The World

Top 10 Tallest Buildings In The World Of 2014

Architecture is a fascinating thing, it has evolved tremendously over the years; transforming from pyramids to huts to full-fledged 20 story hotels. Here I have compiled the top 10 tallest buildings in the word from tallest to shortest. Architectural needs are constantly increasing and machinery is improving just as fast so you will notice that the list of tallest buildings in the world is constantly changing. is Every building listed below has been completely topped-out and integrates continuous occupiable floors.

1 Burj Khalifa


At 828 meters (2,717 ft) the Burj Khalifa is by far the tallest of this list of the tallest buildings in the world. With 163 floors, this skyscraper was officially opened on 4th January 2010 but it took an amazing 5 years to build; construction starting on the 21st September 2004 and ending on the 1st October 2009. For more information on this immense skyscraper visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Khalifa.

2 Shanghai Tower


The Shanghai Tower, at 632 meters is substantially shorter, leaving a large void between first and second and barely cutting by third place. But nonetheless it has secured a good second place and is still one of the tallest buildings in the world by a good distance. The Shanghai Tower is in the city of Shanghai in China and dishes a nice 121 floors. It is the tallest of 3 adjacent skyscrapers in Pudong (a district of Shanghai), the other 2 being the Shanghai World Financial center and the Jin Mao Tower. Construction of the tower began in November 2008 and is expected to be open to the public in 2015. For more information visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Tower

3 Makkah Royal Clock Tower


Also known as the Abraj Al-Bait Towers, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower is a building complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It not only holds as 3rd in the list of tallest buildings in the world, but also holds several other records:

  • The world’s tallest clock tower
  • The largest clock face in the world

Not only that, but the clock tower also held 1st place out of the tallest buildings in the world in 2012, surpassing Taiwan’s Taipei 101 by almost 100 meters. In addition, the building complex is meters away from the word’s largest mosque. The building itself is 601 meters (1,971 ft) and houses 120 floors. For more information go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraj_Al_Bait

4 CTF Finance Centre


The CTF Finance Tower is a skyscraper currently under construction in Guangzhou, China and once finished, will be the second of the two Guangzhou Twin Towers. It’s final height will be 530 meters (1,740 ft) holding 111 floors and is expected to be completed in 2016. For more information go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CTF_Finance_Centre

5 Taipei 101


Formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, the structure lies at a good 509 meters (1,670 ft) and accommodates 101 floors. At the time it was built in 2004, it was number one in the list of tallest buildings in the world but was soon overtaken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai which was completed and opened to the public in 2010. In addition to the 101 floors it has above ground, the complex has an additional 5 floors underground. The design was initially created like this to symbolize the evolution of technology in Taiwan and can withstand earthquakes and typhoons. For more information visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei_101

6 Shanghai World Financial Center


The Shanghai World Financial Center is a skyscraper in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China along with the Shanghai Tower (currently 2nd on the list of tallest buildings in the world)  and the Jin Mao Tower (currently 14th on the list of tallest buildings in the world). Weighing in at 492 meters (1,614 ft) and claiming a grand 101 floors, it was the 2nd tallest building in the world at the time of it’s topping on 14th September 2007 but now rests at 6th place. For more information visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_World_Financial_Center

7 International Commerce Centre


The International Commerce Centre situated in Hong Kong is 484 meters (1,588 ft) tall and is currently 7th place on the list of tallest buildings in the world holding an impressive 118 floors. It is number 7 in the world but is 1st in Hong Kong and is also 3rd in the world in number of floors. It was completed in 2010 and is part of the Union Square project, for more information visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Commerce_Centre

8 Petronas Tower 1 & Petronas Tower 2


Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, the pair of towers are skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They are currently 8th place in the list of tallest buildings in the world with a height of 452 meters (1,483 ft) – both towers have the exact same height. On the other hand, they are 1st place in terms of the tallest twin towers in the world and in addition to that, throughout 1998 to 2004, they remained the tallest buildings in the world. For more information, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petronas_Towers

9 Zifeng Tower


Formerly known as the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center, the 450 meter (1,476 ft) structure situated in Nanjing, China is a skyscraper of many uses. On the lower floors the building comprises of retail and office space with restaurants, a hotel, and a public observatory nearer the top. It has a total of 89 floors and was completed in 2010. For more information visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zifeng_Tower

10 Willis Tower


The Willis Tower is a 442 meter (1,450 ft) structure built in 1973 in Chicago and was the tallest building in the world for almost 25 years before it was overtaken. It is the 2nd tallest building in the United States but 10th place worldwide. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago with over a million people visiting just the observation deck each year. It was initially named the Sears Tower at its birth but was renamed the Willis Tower after the Willis group leased a portion of the building. For more information visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willis_Tower

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