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Top 10 Tallest Buildings In The World In 2019

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Top 10 Tallest Buildings In The World In 2019

The pinnacle of colossal heights, these buildings are the tallest in the world currently

Anyone with a fear of heights is bound to get intimidated by these gorgeous structures. These edifices are the world’s tallest buildings and make other skyscrapers around them appear minuscule. These architectural marvels have been lauded for their extraordinary height, the amazing technology and hard work which has gone into their design and execution.  

RealtyNXT lists the top 10 tallest buildings across the globe.

1. Burj Khalifa

Height: 828 meters (2,717 feet) 

No. of floors: 163 

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Use: Offices, residential and hotel

Year of completion: 2010

Not only is this currently the world’s tallest building, but Burj Khalifa is also the most famous architectural marvel in the world. A stunningly glorious highrise, it is a tourist attraction which has also been featured in many movies as well. The design and execution of this stunning glass facade have created history in the world of architecture. It has broken several records and has set several unbroken ones as well.

2. Shanghai Tower

Height: 632 meters (2,073 feet) 

No. of floors: 128

Location: Shanghai, China

Architects: Gensler

Use: Offices and hotel

Year of completion: 2015

It shares the record (along with the Ping An Finance Center) of having the world’s highest observation deck within a building at 562 m. It has the world’s second-fastest elevators. The Shanghai Tower is a green building with certifications from the China Green Building Committee and the U.S. Green Building Council. It captures rainwater for internal use and a part of its wastewater is recycled.

3. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower

Height: 601 meters (1,972 feet) 

No. of floors: 120

Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Architects: Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners + SL Rasch

Use: Mixed

Year of completion: 2012

This tower is a part of the government-owned complex of seven skyscraper hotels. It is the central hotel tower and has the world’s largest clock face. It has also made its way into the list of the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world. It is just a few meters away from the Great Mosque of Mecca. 

4. Ping An Finance Center

Height: 599 meters (1965 feet) 

No. of floors: 115

Location: Shenzhen, China

Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

Use: Offices, retail & hotels

Year of completion: 2017

It is the tallest building in Shenzhen and the 2nd tallest building in China. It has been made to include many offices, hotels and retail spaces, a conference centre and a high-end shopping mall. The HQ of Ping An Insurance, it represents the company’s glorious history and achievements.

5. Lotte World Tower

Height: 554.5 meters (1,819 feet)

No. of floors: 123

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

Use: Hotel and offices

Year of completion: 2017

After several design changes over the years, it took more than a decade of planning and site preparations before the government greenlighted its construction in November 2010. The design of the building is inspired by Korean traditional pottery. It has gradually narrowing slopes and curves produced by cross-sections. It is the first 100-storey building in Seoul. 

6. One World Trade Center

Height: 541.3 meters (1,776 feet) 

No. of floors: 94

Location: New York, The United States of America

Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

Use: Hotel and offices

Year of completion: 2014

This stunning glass facade was constructed as the original World Trade Center twin towers were destroyed in the September 11 attacks. It is the tallest building in the United States and the tallest one in the Western Hemisphere. While it has a height of 104 floors, it has 94 floors only. The tower’s central spire is inspired by the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. It also visually resembles the original Twin Towers. It is the first structure in the world whose construction was based upon a 3D Building Information Model.

7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center

Height: 530 meters (1,739 feet) 

No. of floors: 111

Location: Guangzhou, China

Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) 

Use: Mixed

Year of completion: 2016

It is the tallest building in Guangzhou and the third-tallest one in China. It comprises of houses a shopping mall, offices, apartments, and a hotel. It also has five underground floors. Its shape is created specifically for mixed-usage. Different uses of the structure were the reason the makers decided to give it varied floor sizes. 

8. China Zun

Height: 527.7 meters (1,731 feet) 

No. of floors: 109

Location: Beijing, China

Architects: TFP Farrels + Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

Use: Mixed

Year of completion: 2018

It is the tallest building in Beijing. It gets its name from the Chinese word zun, which means an ancient Chinese wine vessel. It is this vessel that was the inspiration of this glorious structure’s design. 60 of its floors are dedicated to offices, 20 floors comprise of luxury homes and 20 floors are for a hotel. It also has a rooftop garden.

9. TAIPEI 101 

Height:  508 meters (1,667 feet) 

No. of floors: 101

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Architects: C.Y. Lee & Partners Architects/Planners

Use: Offices & restaurants

Year of completion: 2004

When it was completed, it had reigned supreme as the world’s tallest building until the Burj Khalifa took over. It boasts of a  postmodernist architectural style which blends Asian traditions with modern ideas. Along with offices and restaurants, it also has indoor and outdoor observatories. Experts call it the most stable building ever constructed. Its design makes sure that it withstands the Pacific Rim’s earthquakes and Taiwan’s tropical storms. 

10. Shanghai World Financial Center

Height: 492 meters (1,614 feet) 

No. of floors: 101

Location: Shanghai, China

Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) + Mori Building + Irie Miyake Architects and Engineers

Use: Hotel and offices

Year of completion: 2008

Lovingly called the bottle opener, this beautiful structure has won numerous awards. While it took more than a decade to complete it, it set several benchmarks for other gigantic buildings which would succeed it. What makes it stand apart from the others is its unique design. The most distinctive feature of its design is the trapezoid aperture on the top. 

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