10 Tallest Buildings in The World

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Numerous megastructures have been built by our ancestors since the sprout of the early civilization. The megastructures symbolize the might of an empire, they prove how modern their civilization was and they were built to give honor to the Gods, as well. Now, in our time, the tallest buildings in the world are the product of the intellectual capacity of men, and, with the help of today’s modern technology, exploring new techniques in the field of engineering and architecture is soft as feathers.

1. Jeddah Tower

Jeddah Tower
  • Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Construction: The building’s construction began in April 2013 and the project is expected to be finalized in 2020
  • Height to tip: 3,307 ft
  • Total number of floors: 252 floors, including the basements and spire levels.
  • Number of elevators: They are planning to install 54 single deck elevators and another 4 double-deck elevators.
  • Total project cost: US $1.23 billion preliminary estimate – there’s a big possibility that it will increase until the project is finished.
  • Specialized for: Residential, hotels, office, broadcasting station
  • Coordinates: 21.734103°N 39.082980°E
  • Website: www.kingdom.com.sa/

This megastructure, also known as Kingdom Tower, is a daring architectural attempt to set the record for the tallest building in the world. One of the leading architects of this project is the famed architect that designed the Burj Khalifa, Adrian Smith, along with his major partner, the Gordon Gill Architecture. As soon as the construction of this glorious tower will be finished, it will be a major breakthrough in the field of architectural design, as well as a leap in knowledge and building innovation.

2. The Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa
  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Construction: The construction of the building started in 2004 and the project was finished in 2010
  • Height to tip: 2,723 ft
  • Total number of floors: 211 floors, including the 2 basements, spire level, and maintenance
  • Number of elevators: 58, with a top speed of 10m/s
  • Total project cost: $1.5B
  • Specialized for: Residential, hotels, office
  • Coordinates: 25°11′50.0″N 55°16′26.6″E
  • Website: http://www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/index.aspx

The name of the tower is graciously named in honor of their leader, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the president of Abu Dhabi and other 5 emirates. This magnificent tower is designed by a veteran skyscraper architect, Adrian Smith. The structural design of this tower is greatly influenced by the shape of a Spider Lily, making it resistant to the turbulence caused by the strong winds.

3. The Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Construction: The building’s construction began in 2009 and the project was finished in 2015
  • Height to tip: 2,073 ft
  • Total number of floors: 133 floors, including the 5 basements
  • Number of elevators: 106, with a top speed of 18m/s
  • Total project cost: $2.4B
  • Specialized for: Hotels, office
  • Coordinates: 31.2355°N 121.501°E
  • Website: http://du.gensler.com/vol6/shanghai-tower/#/

The Shanghai Tower symbolizes the economic might and architectural innovation of China. The Chinese people takes great pride in this magnificent skyscraper, as today it is considered the 2nd tallest building in the world. This building is a self-contained city that is divided into 9 zones, each zone having a specified function (i.e. office, hotel, retail, conference, observation level, and boutique). The unusual shape of this megastructure helped in minimizing wind load. It uses double curtain walls and it has the world’s fastest elevator.

4. Abraj Al-Bait Towers a.k.a the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel

Abraj Al-Bait Towers (the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel)
  • Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Construction: The construction of the building started in 2002 and was finished in 2012
  • Height to tip: 1,972 ft
  • Total number of floors: 120 floors
  • Number of elevators: 96, with a top speed of 6m/s
  • Total project cost: $15B
  • Specialized for: Hotels and other special functions
  • Coordinates: 21°25′08″N 39°49′35″E
  • Website: http://skyscrapercenter.com/building/makkah-royal-clock-tower/84

This new clock tower is the “bigger Big Ben”, built to provide accommodation for rich Muslims that are set to visit the country for their holy pilgrimage. The other buildings beside this magnificent tower form a stabilizing effect that will surely blow your mind. A 5-star luxury experience is undeniably great here.

I think this building is getting by on sheer mass” – Safarik

5. One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center
  • Location: New York City, U.S.A
  • Construction: The construction of the building began in 2006 and the project was finished in 2014
  • Height to tip: 1,792 ft
  • Total number of floors: 99 floors, including the 5 basements.
  • Number of elevators: 73, with a top speed of 10.16 m/s
  • Total project cost: $3.9B
  • Specialized for: Office
  • Coordinates: 40°42′46.8″N 74°0′48.6″W
  • Website: http://www.wtc.com/about/buildings/1-world-trade-center

This tower is the tallest tower in the World Trade Center Complex and it has 3 million square feet of space that are specified for lease. The lift of this building is a high-speed elevator, making it convenient for the employees or tenants to switch floors faster.

6. Taipei 101

Taipei 101
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Construction: The building’s construction started in 1999 and the project was finished in 2004
  • Height to tip: 1,667 ft
  • Total number of floors: 106 floors, including the 5 basements.
  • Number of elevators: 61, with a top speed of 16.83 m/s
  • Total project cost: $1.934B
  • Specialized for: Office and mall
  • Coordinates: 25°2′1″N 121°33′54″E
  • Website: http://www.taipei-101.com.tw/en/index.aspx

This building has its own observatory, mall and a business district where people from all across the globe come to meet. Some of their well-known tenants are Google, Winterthur Insurance Group, and the banking firm ABN AMRO. This tower is said to be the first BOT project between the Taiwanese Government and other private firms.

7. Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Construction: The construction of the building started in 1997 and was finished in 2008
  • Height to tip: 1,662 ft
  • Total number of floors: 104 floors, including the 3 basements.
  • Number of elevators: 91, with a top speed of 10 m/s
  • Total project cost: $1.20B
  • Specialized for: Office and hotel
  • Coordinates: 31°14′12″N 121°30′10″E
  • Website: http://www.swfc-shanghai.com/?l=en

The structural design of this building resembles a trapezoid and the building itself looks like a soda opener that has a hole on the top. It has 3 functional decks and other business functions to cater the demands of trade.

8. International Commerce Centre

International Commerce Centre
  • Location: Hong Kong, China
  • Construction: The building’s construction started in 2002 and the project was finished in 2010
  • Height to tip: 1,588 ft
  • Total number of floors: 112 floors, including the 4 basements.
  • Number of elevators: 83, with a top speed of 9 m/s
  • Total project cost: HK$7.4B
  • Specialized for: Office and hotel
  • Coordinates: 22°18′12.21″N 114°9′36.61″E
  • Website: http://www.shkp-icc.com/website/Main.do

The ICC Tower harbors prominent hotel firms such as Harbour View Place, Ritz-Carlton and W Hong Kong. The building has a cooling feature that analyses the overall energy consumption throughout the day. It has a feature that will help boost its energy efficiency by automatically adjusting energy saving protocols. The elevator uses a smart card lift system, which helps queue the people that ride the elevator, to avoid traffic.

9. Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Construction: The construction started in 1993 and the project was finished in 1996
  • Height to tip: 1,662 ft
  • Total number of floors: 93 floors, including the 5 basements.
  • Number of elevators: 39, with a top speed of 7 m/s
  • Total project cost: $1.6B
  • Specialized for: Office, and several businesses
  • Coordinates: 22°18′12.21″N 114°9′36.61″E
  • Website: http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/

From 1998-2004, the Petronas Twin Towers was known to be the tallest building in the world. In 2009, Alain “Spiderman” Robert climbed the Twin Towers, without using any professional climbing gear. The pride of Malaysia to the world. The major companies that nest in this business-skyscraper are Microsoft, McKinsey, HCL Technologies, AVEVA, Reuters, Al Jazeera English and many more.

10. Zifeng Tower

Zifeng Tower
  • Location: Nanjing, China
  • Construction: The constructions of this building started in 2005 and the project was finished in 2010
  • Height to tip: 1,476 ft
  • Total number of floors: 89 floors, including the 5 basements.
  • Number of elevators: 54, with a top speed of 7 m/s
  • Total project cost: 5 billion CNY
  • Specialized for: Office and hotel
  • Coordinates: 32°03′44.9″N 118°46′41″E
  • Website: http://www.som.com/projects/zifeng_tower

This Tower has its own public observatory, hotel accommodations, and various restaurants. It is known to be the tallest building in Nanjing province and its neighboring Jiangsu province.

What do you think about the Jeddah Tower completion? Are they going to provide a base jumping perks for tourist? Let us know your thoughts about these awesome mega-skyscrapers.

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