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Top 5 Tallest Buildings in the World

Updated on January 12, 2014

Tallest Buildings in the World

The tallest buildings in the world represent advancement of society and the human race. They are symbols of power, money and pride as every country with growing economy strives to to build a remarkable skyscraper to compete with the worlds best. With the recent recession that the world went through in the late 2000`s many of the tallest buildings have had hard time with fulfilling occupancy, however in the past couple of years since global economies have picked up there has been a boom in building new engineering marvels.

The Top Five list of the worlds tallest buildings is ranked by height (measuring the highest point in of the structure).

World Tallest Buildings #5 - Shanghai World Financial Center

The Shanghai World Financial Center opened its doors for business in August 2008. The moment it opened the Shanghai World Financial Center instantly became the second highest building in the world at the time. As time went on other monster buildings were built and the World Financial Center slid to being the 5th tallest building in the world.

The building is located in Pudong which is a district in of Shanghai, China and its one of the most remarkable buildings in the country.

The Shanghai World Financial Center has 101 floors and its height is 1,621.7 feet which translates to whopping 494.3 meters.

Currently the building is the home of many businesses and residential homes. World Financial Center is also home of:

  • Museum
  • Business Offices for worldwide corporations
  • Hotels
  • Observation Decks
  • Shopping Malls

The Shanghai World Financial Center design is simply stunning as it is one of uniquest buildings i n the entire world. The designer of this beautiful building is the world renowned architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox which is originally from New York, USA.

The SWFC is one of the must see landmarks in China, and every tourist travelling to Shanghai should tour it, as it offers a unique view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Shanghai.

Shanghai World Financial Center Looks Amazing at Night
Shanghai World Financial Center Looks Amazing at Night | Source

The Shanghai World Financial Center Location

The Shanghai World Financial Center:
Shanghai World Financial Center, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, China, 200120

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World Tallest Buildings #4 - Taipei 101

Taipei 101 is one the worlds most popular buildings, and it opened its doors on New Year's Eve 2004. It cost nearly $2 billion to complete the entire building which will explain the reason why the 4th tallest building in the world was build for only five years. It was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010, as Taipei has established itself as a true architectural wonder.
The height of Taipei 101 is 1,669.9 feet which translates to 509 meters.

Taipei 101 has 101 floors, and there are lots of businesses that fully operate in it including:

  • Hotels
  • Offices
  • Conference Center
  • Observatory Deck
  • VIP Club (located on the 101 floor)
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping Malls

The building changes its unique in many aspects as one of the most interesting ones is that it changes its colors at night, depending on what day of the week it is. Another interesting fact about Taipei 101 is that is one of the only high rises in the world to be able to withstand extremely high winds and massive earthquakes.

Without a doubt Taipei 101 has been the model for future skyscraper projects, as it is still probably the most revolutionary building in the world regarding design and structure.

Taipei 101 - Unbelievable view
Taipei 101 - Unbelievable view | Source

Taipei 101 Location

Taipei 101:
Taipei 101, No. 45市府路 Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

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World Tallest Buildings #3 - ONE World Trade Center

The ONE World Trade Center has been one of the most talked about buildings in the world for the past 12 years. Ever since 9/11 there have been talks about a new Trade Center, a magnificent building with exceptional structure and style.
The ONE World Trade Center is set to open doors in 2014, as construction started in 2006.With over $4 billion spent already on the building, the ONE will be easily the best building in North America and among the elite in the world.

The ONE World Trade Center is tall 1,792 feet which equals to 546.2 meters, making it the third tallest building in the world and it will stand 104 floors when completed in 2014.

One World Trade Center will undoubtedly become New York's number one attraction, as the building will have featured observation decks which will stand even taller than the Empire State building ones.

Once completed, this building will represent much more than just being the third tallest in the world. It will represent the American people, and freedom in general. It is no wonder why people call the ONE Trade Center, the Freedom Tower. This building will be a symbol of the American people, and their love/appreciation of freedom. Even more, the ONE symbolizes unity across the world, something that is desperately needed in the world we live in today.

ONE World Center
ONE World Center | Source

One World Trade Center - Location

One World Trade Center:
One World Trade Center, Vesey Street, New York, NY 10006, USA

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World Tallest Buildings #2 - Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower

The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower is the second tallest building in the world. Located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the tower opened its doors in 2012, making it the second tallest building in the entire world.

The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower is stands tall at staggering 1,972 feet which is about 602 meters. There are 120 floors at the tower, as the building itself is used primarily for hotel and residential uses.

This building also is known for having the tallest clock structure in the entire world. Also it hold several world records for largest floor space, and the worlds largest clock. This massive building and complex in Mecca is part of King Abdulaziz - Endowment Project.

The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower will attract millions of people in the upcoming years, as tourism will be highly lifted in the holy city with such wonderful infrastructure additions.

The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower
The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower | Source

The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower - Location

The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower:
Abraj Al Bait, Mecca 24231, Saudi Arabia

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Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa | Source

World Tallest Buildings #1 - Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is the worlds tallest building located in the United Arab Emirates. This magnificent building opened in January of 2010, as it quickly grabbed the title "The Tallest Building in the World"
Burj Khalifa
holds over 17 world records related to its flawless structure, height and amenities. There are 163 floors in Burj Khalifa, on which various companies/businesses are doing their daily business activities.

In Burj Khalifa you will be able to find some of the following amenities:

  • Residential apartments
  • Hotels
  • Corporate Suites
  • Restaurants
  • Communication Floors
  • Observatory Decks
  • Shopping Malls
  • Highest swimming pool in the world

Burj Khalifa can be considered the gem of Dubai. The city of money, and power as Burj Khalifa is the perfect another masterpiece in the United Arab Emirates. Elegance and style can describe the worlds tallest building. Sitting at 2,717 feet=828 meters, the $1.5 billion building is simply stunning.
The architect of Burj Khalifa is Adrian Smith who has been one of the top names in the skyscrapers building business.

When visiting Dubai, tourists need to visit the Burj Khalifa as this building represents the true advancement of the human race. This is an inspirational building for millions of people as it shows what we, the humans can do, and proves that nothing is impossible. Limits and records are made to be broken and this is exactly what Burj Khalifa has done, it has pushed the limit of creativity and possibilities. Dubai will soon be the number one tourist destination if it continues to innovate and create gems like Burj Khalifa.


World Tallest Buildings

The buildings portrait above, represent certain human achievements that will never be duplicated. No matter where in the world the new tallest building is build, it is important for the entire world to embrace and recognize it.
These buildings represent different ideas and ideologies, however they all fall under one theme: human advancement. With such strides in modern architecture, the world should be very excited to see how far can the human race push the limits of the impossible. It has been proven that impossible seems to be nothing, as the folks in UAE, Taiwan and USA have proven this already.


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      my name raja 

      5 years ago

      I like this

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      Yorja Rahmani 

      7 years ago from India

      The middle eastern people are going higher and higher. My cousin's went to Burj at the top. His expression was of totally bewilderment.

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      Matt Doran 

      7 years ago from Manchester, UK

      I'd have to agree that Shanghai is the best in terms of design. I just love it's sleek, sharp lines. Some talls can look clumsy and awkward (although it helps when other tall buildings are around it). But the thing I love about the Burj is the ambition. It's pure futuristic fantasy-land stuff that's made it into the real world. Kingdom Tower has also now started construction in Saudi Arabia. It'll be almost 200m taller than the Burj, breaking the 1 kilometre mark!

    • pmarinov profile imageAUTHOR

      Blogger at Best 

      7 years ago from Detroit MI

      Hey Iammattdoran,

      Thanks for checking out the hub! I love European architecture, however I am simply memorized by the above mentioned high rises.

      I think I like Shanghai World Financial Center the most (design-wise)

      Which one is your favorite building ?

    • Iammattdoran profile image

      Matt Doran 

      7 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Great hub, pmarinov! I love tall buildings, but we don't get so many of them in Europe (which is ok as I love classic European architecture too!). I'd love to see the Burj Khalifa in person. I went to the Shanghai World Financial Centre last year and there is a new huge skyscraper being built right next it (I forget the name). I'd never even heard of the one on Saudi Arabia so thanks for that. Keep up the good work


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