Tallest Building in the World

The tallest building in the world is a record that is often broken. More often than not it’s a matter of pride and prestige for a country as well as statement of their progress in the world to announce the tallest building in the world. Below we have listed the the top 10.

10 Tallest buildings in the world

As it stands today (Dec 2012 – Jan 2013) Burj Khalifa, Abraj Al Bait (Saudi Arabia), Taipei 101 Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, International Commerce Center and Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur, Zifeng Tower (Nanjing), Willis Tower (Chicago), KK100 (Shenzhen) are the top 10 tallest buildings in the world.

Tallest Building in the World - Burj Khalifa (#1)

Tallest Building in the World - Burj Khalifa

Tallest Building in the World – Burj Khalifa

Height: 828 metersBurj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest man made structure in the world. It stands 2,717 feet high from the desert. The building is designed with the inspiration from minarets, desert flowers and the design plans of Frank Lloyd Wright for the Illinois Sky City in Chicago. Burj Khalifa has 163 floors. It is one of the best centers in the world for shopping, entertainment, dining and elite homes. The observation deck in Burj Khalifa located on 124th level offers the top views. Burj Khalifa is easily accessible by car, metro and bus. Among many highlights you probably know that Mission Impossible 4 was filmed here. (photo credit)

2nd Tallest Building in the World - Abraj Al Bait

2nd Tallest Building in the World - Abraj Al Bait

2nd Tallest Building in the World – Abraj Al Bait

Height: 601 meters. Abraj Al Bait is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. In addition to being the 2nd tallest building in the world, the Abraj Al Bait is also the Tallest clock tower in the world, Largest clock face in the world and building with the Largest floor area in the world. It is both residential and commercial in usage. (photo credit)

3rd Tallest Building in the World – Taipei 101 Tower

Taipei 101 Tower

Taipei 101 Tower

Height: 509 meters.Taipei 101 is an eminent skyscraper in Xinyi District in Taipei, Taiwan. The building comprises of 101 floors above the ground and 5 floors under the ground. It stands as the symbol of Asian tradition and modern technology. It is designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. A shopping mall adjoining the tower is home to hundreds of clubs, restaurants and trendy stores, making it an ideal place for shopping, dining and entertainment. The observation decks on the 89th and 91st floors offer 360 degree views and draw tourists from all around the world. (photo credit)

4th Tallest Building in the World - World Financial Center Shanghai

World Financial Center Shanghai

World Financial Center Shanghai

 Height: 492 meters. World Financial Center in Shanghai, China retains its third position in the list of highest buildings in the world. It is used for multiple purposes. It houses numerous hotels, offices, shopping malls, observation decks and conference rooms.  Park Hyatt Shanghai Hotel occupies the 79th and 83rd floors of the building. (photo credit)

5th Tallest Building in the World - International Commerce Center 

International Commerce Center, Kowloon - 5th Tallest building

International Commerce Center, Kowloon – 5th Tallest building

 Height: 484 meters. International Commerce Center in West Kowloon in Hong Kong comprises of 118 floors. It stands 1,588 feet high. The floors are mostly occupied by offices, restaurants and hotel. It also features an observation deck. You can reach the Center from MTR Kowloon Station easily. International Commerce Center is the gateway to Victoria Harborin the Central Hong Kong. (photo credit)

Petronas Towers  (#6) - Tallest Twin Buildings in the World

Petronas Towers - Tallest twin building in the world

Petronas Towers – Tallest twin building in the world

Height: 452 meters. Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia are the tallest twin buildings in the world. The skyscraper is the landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Its height is 1,483 feet and comprises of 88 floors. The spires are the most integral parts of the architectural design of these twin towers. The observation deck on level 86 offers awe-inspiring city views.  You can find exquisite gift shops in the towers. You can reach the towers easily by taking train from any station in Malaysia to KLCC Station. You can also take car or taxi to reach the main entrance of KLCC. (photo credit)

7th Tallest Building in the World – Zifeng Tower (Nanjing)

Zifeng Tower - 7th Tallest builng in the world

Zifeng Tower – 7th Tallest builng in the world

Height: 450 meters. An 89 storey building that began construction in 2005 and completed in 2010, the Zifeng Tower in Nanjing comprises of retail space, office space, restaurants, a hotel, and a public observatory at the very top. (photo credit)

Willis Tower (Chicago) (#8) - Tallest Building in North America

Willis Tower - Tallest Building in North America

Willis Tower – Tallest Building in North America

Height: 442 meters. Willis Tower more popularly known to the world as Sears tower is the tallest building in North America. Though  #8 in the tallest building list today, since its completion in 1973 Willis Tower held the top position for 25 years. It is a common tourist attraction in Chicago and a prestigious office location. (photo credit)

KK100 (Shenzhen) (#9)

KK100, Shenzhen

KK100, Shenzhen

Height: 442 meters. Also known as as Kingkey Finance Center Plaza this tall building in Shenzhen has 100 floors for office space and a hotel. It also houses a great luxury mall with many high-end brands, restaurants, a supermarket and movie theatre. (photo credit)

Guangzhou International Finance Center (#10)

Guangzhou International Finance Center

Guangzhou International Finance Center

Height: 440 meters. Located in Guangzhou, China the International finance Center is a 103 storey building. Taking a total of 5 years to complete construction it is a popular conference centre, houses a luxury Four Seasons hotel and many offices. (photo credit)

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