The World's Tallest Buildings

Dubai, Shanghai, New York City: All around the world, ever taller and ever more spectacular new skyscrapers are being planned and built. Read here which buildings are currently the ten tallest in the world, where they are located and what makes them stand out.

1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa Since its completion in 2010, the world's tallest skyscraper has been Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The building, which was designed by the architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is a mighty 828 meters tall and has 163 floors. Burj Khalifa is one of Dubai's most famous buildings. Its potential successor, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, is however already in the starting blocks: At a kilometer in height, this ambitious construction project, which was started in 2013, is due to surpass the current record holder by some distance.

2. Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower At a height of 632 meters, Shanghai Tower, located in the Chinese city of Shanghai, is almost 200 meters shorter than Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Although the skyscraper is due to be completed during the course of 2014, it has already topped out (reached its final height) and thus garnered second place in the list of the world's tallest buildings. In addition, Shanghai Tower will be home to the world's fastest elevators, which will climb the tower at the speed of 18 meters per second.

3. Makkah Clock Royal Tower

Makkah Clock Royal Tower The third-tallest building in the world is the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, whose most striking feature is its clock tower. The clock face is so large that the clock can be seen from 25 kilometers away. The 601-meter-tall building was completed in 2012 and is situated in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

4. One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center 60 meters behind in fourth place follows One World Trade Center in New York City, which topped out at 541 meters on May 10, 2013, since when it has not only been the world's fourth-tallest building but also the tallest skyscraper in New York City. The building is being constructed on the site of the former World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Completion is due in late 2014.

5. CTF Finance Centre

CTF Finance Centre Now the fifth-tallest skyscraper in the world after it topped out in July 2014, CTF Finance Centre, located in Guangzhou, is a mixed-use tower that will feature office space, a hotel, apartments and a shopping center in its podium. Due to complete in 2016, its 530 meters make it 21 meters taller than the next-tallest, Taipei 101.

6. Taipei 101

Taipei 101 509 meters is the height of Taipei 101, which occupies sixth place in the list. The building was even the tallest in the world from 2004 to 2007 until it was surpassed by Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Taipei 101 is named for its location in Taiwan's capital Taipei and for the number of stories in the building – 101 in total. Its striking design won it the 2004 Emporis Skyscraper Award.

7. Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center The Shanghai World Financial Center measures just 16 meters less than Taipei 101. The building, which due to its shape is also referred to as the "bottle-opener", is a direct neighbor of Shanghai Tower and was completed in 2008 from a design by Kohn Pedersen Fox.

8. International Commerce Centre

International Commerce Centre With the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, a further Chinese skyscraper is to be found in eighth place in the ranking of the world's tallest buildings. The 484-meter-tall skyscraper houses the world's highest hotel on its top 13 floors and is also Hong Kong's tallest building.

9./10. Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers The ninth and tenth places are shared by the twin Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. They count among the most famous buildings in the Malaysian capital, thanks in part to a skybridge connecting the two 452-meter-tall buildings on the 41st and 42nd floors. In addition, these were the world's tallest skyscrapers between 1996 and 2003.

(As of: January 2014)

The following overview showcases the 200 tallest buildings in the world. Iigratot is verified and updated continuously and includes high-rise buildings which have been topped out or are completed. The list only considers a building's structural height.

# Building City Floors Height Year
1
Burj Khalifa Dubai 163 2,717 ft 2010
2
Shanghai Tower Shanghai 121 2,074 ft 2015
3
Makkah Clock Royal Tower Makkah 120 1,972 ft 2012
4
One World Trade Center New York City 104 1,776 ft 2014
5
CTF Finance Centre Guangzhou 116 1,739 ft 2016
6
Taipei 101 Taipei 101 1,671 ft 2004
7
Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai 101 1,614 ft 2008
8
International Commerce Centre Hong Kong 118 1,588 ft 2010
9
Petronas Tower 1 Kuala Lumpur 88 1,483 ft 1998
10
Petronas Tower 2 Kuala Lumpur 88 1,483 ft 1998
11
Zifeng Tower Nanjing 66 1,476 ft 2010
12
Willis Tower Chicago 108 1,451 ft 1974
13
KK100 Shenzhen 100 1,449 ft 2011
14
Guangzhou International Finance Center Guangzhou 103 1,435 ft 2010
15
432 Park Avenue New York City 96 1,398 ft 2015
16
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 98 1,388 ft 2009
17
Jin Mao Tower Shanghai 88 1,380 ft 1999
18
Two International Finance Centre Hong Kong 88 1,362 ft 2003
19
Princess Tower Dubai 101 1,356 ft 2012
20
Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City 80 1,352 ft 2011
21
23 Marina Dubai 89 1,289 ft 2012
22
CITIC Plaza Guangzhou 80 1,283 ft 1997
23
Eton Place Dalian 1 Dalian 81 1,274 ft 2014
24
Capital Market Authority Headquarters Riyadh 77 1,263 ft 2014
25
Shun Hing Square Shenzhen 69 1,260 ft 1996
26
Burj Mohammad Bin Rashid Abu Dhabi 92 1,253 ft 2014
27
Empire State Building New York City 102 1,250 ft 1931
28
Elite Residence Dubai 91 1,248 ft 2012
29
Central Plaza Hong Kong 78 1,227 ft 1992
30
Bank of China Tower Hong Kong 70 1,205 ft 1990
31
Bank of America Tower New York City 58 1,200 ft 2009
32
Almas Tower Dubai 68 1,191 ft 2009
33
The Pinnacle Guangzhou 60 1,181 ft 2012
34
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 2 Dubai 77 1,165 ft 2014
35
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 1 Dubai 77 1,165 ft 2012
36
Emirates Office Tower Dubai 54 1,163 ft 2000
37
OKO Apartment Tower Moscow 85 1,154 ft 2015
38
Forum 66 Tower 2 Shenyang 68 1,150 ft 2015
39
Tuntex Sky Tower Kaohsiung City 85 1,140 ft 1997
40
Aon Center Chicago 83 1,136 ft 1973
41
The Center Hong Kong 73 1,135 ft 1998
42
John Hancock Center Chicago 100 1,128 ft 1969
43
ADNOC Headquarters Abu Dhabi 75 1,123 ft 2014
44
Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower Dubai 76 1,122 ft 2014
45
The Wharf Times Square Wuxi 68 1,112 ft 2014
46
Global Financial Building Chongqing 73 1,112 ft 2014
47
Mercury City Moscow 75 1,112 ft 2013
48
Modern City Tianjin 65 1,109 ft 2016
49
Tianjin Global Financial Center Tianjin 72 1,105 ft 2011
50
The Torch Dubai 79 1,105 ft 2011
51
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower Hanoi 72 1,102 ft 2012
52
Wenzhou Trade Center Wenzhou 68 1,094 ft 2010
53
Rose Tower Dubai 72 1,093 ft 2007
54
Shimao International Plaza Shanghai 66 1,093 ft 2006
55
Modern Media Center Changzhou 57 1,089 ft 2013
56
Minsheng Bank Building Wuhan 68 1,087 ft 2007
57
Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang 105 1,083 ft 2013
58
China World Trade Center Tower III Beijing 74 1,083 ft 2010
59
The Index Dubai 80 1,076 ft 2010
60
Longxi International Hotel Jiangyin 74 1,076 ft 2011
61
Al Yaqoub Tower Dubai 72 1,076 ft 2013
62
Wuxi Suning Plaza Wuxi 68 1,076 ft 2014
63
The Landmark Abu Dhabi 72 1,063 ft 2013
64
Deji Plaza Phase II Nanjing 62 1,063 ft 2013
65
Shimao No.1 The Harbour Main Tower Yantai 57 1,060 ft 2015
66
Q1 Tower Gold Coast City 80 1,058 ft 2005
67
Burj Al Arab Dubai 60 1,053 ft 1999
68
Palais Royale Mumbai 75 1,050 ft 2014
69
Chrysler Building New York City 77 1,046 ft 1930
70
Teddy Tower Hong Kong 80 1,046 ft 2007
71
New York Times Tower New York City 52 1,046 ft 2007
72
HHHR Tower Dubai 72 1,040 ft 2010
73
Youth Olympics Center Tower 1 Nanjing 68 1,033 ft 2014
74
Bank of America Plaza Atlanta 55 1,023 ft 1992
75
Maoye Plaza 1 Shenyang 75 1,020 ft 2014
76
US Bank Tower Los Angeles 73 1,018 ft 1989
77
Menara Telekom Kuala Lumpur 55 1,017 ft 2001
78
Ocean Heights Dubai 82 1,017 ft 2010
79
Sky Tower Abu Dhabi 74 1,017 ft 2010
80
Pearl River Tower Guangzhou 71 1,016 ft 2012
81
Guangzhou Fortune Center Guangzhou 68 1,015 ft 2014
82
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel Dubai 56 1,014 ft 2000
83
Eurasia Tower Moscow 67 1,013 ft 2014
84
Burj Rafal Riyadh 68 1,010 ft 2014
85
Northeast Asia Trade Tower Incheon 68 1,010 ft 2011
86
Cayan Tower Dubai 73 1,008 ft 2013
87
AT&T Corporate Center Chicago 60 1,007 ft 1989
88
One57 New York City 75 1,005 ft 2014
89
East Pacific Center Tower A Shenzhen 85 1,004 ft 2013
90
The Shard London 73 1,004 ft 2013
91
The Address Downtown Dubai Dubai 63 1,004 ft 2008
92
600 Travis Street Houston 75 1,002 ft 1982
93
Etihad Tower 2 Abu Dhabi 79 1,002 ft 2011
94
Shenzhen World Finance Center Shenzhen 68 997 ft 2015
95
Baiyoke Tower II Bangkok 85 997 ft 1997
96
Two Prudential Plaza Chicago 64 995 ft 1990
97
Diwang International Fortune Center Liuzhou 75 994 ft 2014
98
Wuxi Moi City Tower Wuxi 72 994 ft 2014
99
KAFD World Trade Center Riyadh 67 994 ft 2015
100
Heung Kong Tower Shenzhen 61 994 ft 2014
101
Leatop Plaza Guangzhou 65 993 ft 2012
102
Wells Fargo Plaza Houston 71 992 ft 1983
103
Kingdom Centre Riyadh 32 992 ft 2002
104
Gate to the East Suzhou 74 990 ft 2014
105
Capital City Moscow Tower Moscow 76 989 ft 2010
106
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower A Busan 80 988 ft 2011
107
Aspire Tower Doha 36 984 ft 2007
108
Gran Torre Santiago Santiago 60 984 ft 2014
109
Arraya Center Office Tower Kuwait City 60 984 ft 2009
110
Abeno Harukas Osaka 60 984 ft 2014
111
One Island East Centre Hong Kong 69 979 ft 2008
112
First Canadian Place Toronto 72 978 ft 1976
113
Shanghai Wheelock Square Shanghai 58 978 ft 2010
114
Eureka Tower Melbourne 91 975 ft 2006
115
Four World Trade Center New York City 72 975 ft 2014
116
Comcast Center Philadelphia 57 974 ft 2008
117
Yokohama Landmark Tower Yokohama 73 972 ft 1993
118
Emirates Crown Dubai 63 971 ft 2008
119
Xiamen Shimao Cross-Strait Plaza Tower B Xiamen 67 969 ft 2015
120
Khalid Al Attar Tower 2 Dubai 65 965 ft 2010
121
Central Park Office Tower Dubai 49 964 ft -
122
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama City 68 961 ft 2011
123
Kingkey Xiasha Project Shenzhen 64 961 ft 2016
124
311 South Wacker Chicago 65 961 ft 1990
125
Greenland Puli Center Jinan 61 960 ft 2015
126
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 2 Busan 72 958 ft 2011
127
SEG Plaza Shenzhen 70 957 ft 2000
128
70 Pine Street New York City 66 952 ft 1932
129
Guiyang Hunter Douglas International Plaza Guiyang 69 951 ft 2014
130
Global Trade Plaza Dongguan 68 948 ft 2013
131
Busan International Finance Center Landmark Tower Busan 63 948 ft 2014
132
Key Tower Cleveland 57 947 ft 1991
133
Park Hyatt Guangzhou Guangzhou 66 947 ft 2014
134
Plaza 66 Tower 1 Shanghai 66 945 ft 2001
135
One Liberty Place Philadelphia 61 945 ft 1987
136
Kaisa Center Huizhou 66 945 ft 2015
137
Yingli Tower Chongqing 58 945 ft 2012
138
Soochow International Plaza West Tower Huzhou 50 945 ft 2014
139
Soochow International Plaza East Tower Huzhou 50 945 ft 2014
140
Chongqing Poly International Tower Chongqing 58 941 ft 2013
141
30 Park Place New York City 67 937 ft 2016
142
Columbia Center Seattle 76 937 ft 1985
143
Millennium Tower Dubai 60 935 ft 2006
144
Sulafa Tower Dubai 75 935 ft 2010
145
Tomorrow Square Shanghai 55 934 ft 2003
146
D1 Tower Dubai 80 932 ft 2014
147
Chongqing World Trade Center Chongqing 60 929 ft 2005
148
Cheung Kong Centre Hong Kong 62 928 ft 1999
149
The Trump Building New York City 70 927 ft 1930
150
Addax Tower Abu Dhabi 61 926 ft 2014
151
SPG Global Tower A Suzhou 49 925 ft 2010
152
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower B Busan 75 924 ft 2011
153
Bank of America Plaza Dallas 72 921 ft 1985
154
Torre Vitri Panama City 75 921 ft 2012
155
Marina Pinnacle Dubai 73 919 ft 2011
156
Republic Plaza Singapore 66 919 ft 1996
157
Excellence Century Plaza Tower 1 Shenzhen 60 919 ft 2010
158
Shimao Didang New City Main Tower Shaoxing 56 919 ft 2012
159
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza Zhengzhou 56 919 ft 2012
160
GT Land Landmark Plaza South Tower Guangzhou 47 919 ft 2014
161
UOB Plaza One Singapore 66 919 ft 1992
162
OUB Centre Singapore 63 919 ft 1988
163
Eton Place Dalian Tower 2 Dalian 62 915 ft 2013
164
Three IFC Office Tower Seoul 55 915 ft 2012
165
Citigroup Center New York City 59 915 ft 1977
166
Hong Kong New World Tower Shanghai 61 913 ft 2002
167
Trust Tower Abu Dhabi 58 912 ft 2013
168
Etihad Tower 1 Abu Dhabi 70 911 ft 2011
169
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Toronto 57 908 ft 2012
170
Diwang International Commerce Center Nanning 54 906 ft 2006
171
Scotia Plaza Toronto 68 902 ft 1988
172
Williams Tower Houston 64 901 ft 1983
173
Nantong Zhongnan International Plaza Nantong 53 897 ft 2011
174
Wuhan World Trade Tower Wuhan 58 896 ft 1998
175
Shimao International Center Office Tower Fuzhou 56 896 ft 2013
176
Lvjing Tower Shenzhen 56 896 ft 2011
177
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 1 Busan 66 895 ft 2011
178
Aura Toronto 78 892 ft 2014
179
Lotte Center Hanoi 65 892 ft 2014
180
United International Mansion Chongqing 64 889 ft 2013
181
Renaissance Tower Dallas 56 886 ft 1974
182
Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai 60 886 ft 2010
183
Shanghai City Changjiang Travel Plaza Tower Chongqing 58 886 ft 2014
184
Bohai Bank Tower Tianjin 55 886 ft 2015
185
The Cullinan II Hong Kong 68 886 ft 2008
186
The Cullinan I Hong Kong 68 886 ft 2008
187
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Manama 50 885 ft 2014
188
China International Center Tower B Guangzhou 62 884 ft 2007
189
Dapeng International Plaza Guangzhou 56 884 ft 2006
190
One Lujiazui Shanghai 47 883 ft 2008
191
21st Century Tower Dubai 55 883 ft 2003
192
Naberezhnaya Tower C Moscow 61 881 ft 2007
193
Nation Towers Residential Abu Dhabi 65 879 ft 2012
194
Suzhou Center Suzhou 52 879 ft 2013
195
Xinhe Delta Beichen Project Changsha 45 879 ft 2014
196
Bank of Guangzhou Tower Guangzhou 57 879 ft 2012
197
Fortune Plaza Office Building 1 Beijing 63 876 ft 2014
198
Menara Carigali Kuala Lumpur 60 876 ft 2012
199
Bicsa Financial Center Panama City 68 876 ft 2013
200
Al Faisaliyah Center Riyadh 30 876 ft 2000
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