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 163 828 m 2010
2
Shanghai Tower Shanghai 121 632 m 2015
3
Makkah Clock Royal Tower Makkah 120 601 m 2012
4
One World Trade Center New York City 104 541 m 2014
5
CTF Finance Centre Guangzhou 116 530 m 2016
6
Taipei 101 Taipei 101 509 m 2004
7
Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai 101 492 m 2008
8
International Commerce Centre Hong Kong 118 484 m 2010
9
Petronas Tower 1 Kuala Lumpur 88 452 m 1998
10
Petronas Tower 2 Kuala Lumpur 88 452 m 1998
11
Zifeng Tower Nanjing 66 450 m 2010
12
Willis Tower Chicago 108 442 m 1974
13
KK100 Shenzhen 100 442 m 2011
14
Guangzhou International Finance Center Guangzhou 103 438 m 2010
15
432 Park Avenue New York City 96 426 m 2015
16
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 98 423 m 2009
17
Jin Mao Tower Shanghai 88 421 m 1999
18
Two International Finance Centre Hong Kong 88 415 m 2003
19
Princess Tower Dubai 101 413 m 2012
20
Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City 80 412 m 2011
21
23 Marina Dubai 89 393 m 2012
22
CITIC Plaza Guangzhou 80 391 m 1997
23
Eton Place Dalian 1 Dalian 81 388 m 2014
24
Capital Market Authority Headquarters Riyadh 77 385 m 2014
25
Shun Hing Square Shenzhen 69 384 m 1996
26
Burj Mohammad Bin Rashid Abu Dhabi 92 382 m 2014
27
Empire State Building New York City 102 381 m 1931
28
Elite Residence Dubai 91 380 m 2012
29
Central Plaza Hong Kong 78 374 m 1992
30
Bank of China Tower Hong Kong 70 367 m 1990
31
Bank of America Tower New York City 58 366 m 2009
32
Almas Tower Dubai 68 363 m 2009
33
The Pinnacle Guangzhou 60 360 m 2012
34
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 2 Dubai 77 355 m 2014
35
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 1 Dubai 77 355 m 2012
36
Emirates Office Tower Dubai 54 355 m 2000
37
OKO Apartment Tower Moscow 85 352 m 2015
38
Forum 66 Tower 2 Shenyang 68 351 m 2015
39
Tuntex Sky Tower Kaohsiung City 85 348 m 1997
40
Aon Center Chicago 83 346 m 1973
41
The Center Hong Kong 73 346 m 1998
42
John Hancock Center Chicago 100 344 m 1969
43
ADNOC Headquarters Abu Dhabi 75 342 m 2014
44
Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower Dubai 76 342 m 2014
45
The Wharf Times Square Wuxi 68 339 m 2014
46
Global Financial Building Chongqing 73 339 m 2014
47
Mercury City Moscow 75 339 m 2013
48
Modern City Tianjin 65 338 m 2016
49
Tianjin Global Financial Center Tianjin 72 337 m 2011
50
The Torch Dubai 79 337 m 2011
51
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower Hanoi 72 336 m 2012
52
Wenzhou Trade Center Wenzhou 68 333 m 2010
53
Rose Tower Dubai 72 333 m 2007
54
Shimao International Plaza Shanghai 66 333 m 2006
55
Modern Media Center Changzhou 57 332 m 2013
56
Minsheng Bank Building Wuhan 68 331 m 2007
57
Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang 105 330 m 2013
58
China World Trade Center Tower III Beijing 74 330 m 2010
59
The Index Dubai 80 328 m 2010
60
Longxi International Hotel Jiangyin 74 328 m 2011
61
Al Yaqoub Tower Dubai 72 328 m 2013
62
Wuxi Suning Plaza Wuxi 68 328 m 2014
63
The Landmark Abu Dhabi 72 324 m 2013
64
Deji Plaza Phase II Nanjing 62 324 m 2013
65
Shimao No.1 The Harbour Main Tower Yantai 57 323 m 2015
66
Q1 Tower Gold Coast City 80 322 m 2005
67
Burj Al Arab Dubai 60 321 m 1999
68
Palais Royale Mumbai 75 320 m 2014
69
Chrysler Building New York City 77 319 m 1930
70
Teddy Tower Hong Kong 80 319 m 2007
71
New York Times Tower New York City 52 319 m 2007
72
HHHR Tower Dubai 72 317 m 2010
73
Youth Olympics Center Tower 1 Nanjing 68 315 m 2014
74
Bank of America Plaza Atlanta 55 312 m 1992
75
Maoye Plaza 1 Shenyang 75 311 m 2014
76
US Bank Tower Los Angeles 73 310 m 1989
77
Menara Telekom Kuala Lumpur 55 310 m 2001
78
Ocean Heights Dubai 82 310 m 2010
79
Sky Tower Abu Dhabi 74 310 m 2010
80
Pearl River Tower Guangzhou 71 310 m 2012
81
Guangzhou Fortune Center Guangzhou 68 309 m 2014
82
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel Dubai 56 309 m 2000
83
Eurasia Tower Moscow 67 309 m 2014
84
Burj Rafal Riyadh 68 308 m 2014
85
Northeast Asia Trade Tower Incheon 68 308 m 2011
86
Cayan Tower Dubai 73 307 m 2013
87
AT&T Corporate Center Chicago 60 307 m 1989
88
One57 New York City 75 306 m 2014
89
East Pacific Center Tower A Shenzhen 85 306 m 2013
90
The Shard London 73 306 m 2013
91
The Address Downtown Dubai Dubai 63 306 m 2008
92
600 Travis Street Houston 75 305 m 1982
93
Etihad Tower 2 Abu Dhabi 79 305 m 2011
94
Shenzhen World Finance Center Shenzhen 68 304 m 2015
95
Baiyoke Tower II Bangkok 85 304 m 1997
96
Two Prudential Plaza Chicago 64 303 m 1990
97
Diwang International Fortune Center Liuzhou 75 303 m 2014
98
Wuxi Moi City Tower Wuxi 72 303 m 2014
99
KAFD World Trade Center Riyadh 67 303 m 2015
100
Heung Kong Tower Shenzhen 61 303 m 2014
101
Leatop Plaza Guangzhou 65 303 m 2012
102
Wells Fargo Plaza Houston 71 302 m 1983
103
Kingdom Centre Riyadh 32 302 m 2002
104
Gate to the East Suzhou 74 302 m 2014
105
Capital City Moscow Tower Moscow 76 302 m 2010
106
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower A Busan 80 301 m 2011
107
Aspire Tower Doha 36 300 m 2007
108
Gran Torre Santiago Santiago 60 300 m 2014
109
Arraya Center Office Tower Kuwait City 60 300 m 2009
110
Abeno Harukas Osaka 60 300 m 2014
111
One Island East Centre Hong Kong 69 298 m 2008
112
First Canadian Place Toronto 72 298 m 1976
113
Shanghai Wheelock Square Shanghai 58 298 m 2010
114
Eureka Tower Melbourne 91 297 m 2006
115
Four World Trade Center New York City 72 297 m 2014
116
Comcast Center Philadelphia 57 297 m 2008
117
Yokohama Landmark Tower Yokohama 73 296 m 1993
118
Emirates Crown Dubai 63 296 m 2008
119
Xiamen Shimao Cross-Strait Plaza Tower B Xiamen 67 295 m 2015
120
Khalid Al Attar Tower 2 Dubai 65 294 m 2010
121
Central Park Office Tower Dubai 49 294 m -
122
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama City 68 293 m 2011
123
Kingkey Xiasha Project Shenzhen 64 293 m 2016
124
311 South Wacker Chicago 65 293 m 1990
125
Greenland Puli Center Jinan 61 293 m 2015
126
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 2 Busan 72 292 m 2011
127
SEG Plaza Shenzhen 70 292 m 2000
128
70 Pine Street New York City 66 290 m 1932
129
Guiyang Hunter Douglas International Plaza Guiyang 69 290 m 2014
130
Global Trade Plaza Dongguan 68 289 m 2013
131
Busan International Finance Center Landmark Tower Busan 63 289 m 2014
132
Key Tower Cleveland 57 289 m 1991
133
Park Hyatt Guangzhou Guangzhou 66 288 m 2014
134
Plaza 66 Tower 1 Shanghai 66 288 m 2001
135
One Liberty Place Philadelphia 61 288 m 1987
136
Kaisa Center Huizhou 66 288 m 2015
137
Yingli Tower Chongqing 58 288 m 2012
138
Soochow International Plaza West Tower Huzhou 50 288 m 2014
139
Soochow International Plaza East Tower Huzhou 50 288 m 2014
140
Chongqing Poly International Tower Chongqing 58 287 m 2013
141
30 Park Place New York City 67 286 m 2016
142
Columbia Center Seattle 76 285 m 1985
143
Millennium Tower Dubai 60 285 m 2006
144
Sulafa Tower Dubai 75 285 m 2010
145
Tomorrow Square Shanghai 55 285 m 2003
146
D1 Tower Dubai 80 284 m 2014
147
Chongqing World Trade Center Chongqing 60 283 m 2005
148
Cheung Kong Centre Hong Kong 62 283 m 1999
149
The Trump Building New York City 70 283 m 1930
150
Addax Tower Abu Dhabi 61 282 m 2014
151
SPG Global Tower A Suzhou 49 282 m 2010
152
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower B Busan 75 282 m 2011
153
Bank of America Plaza Dallas 72 281 m 1985
154
Torre Vitri Panama City 75 281 m 2012
155
Marina Pinnacle Dubai 73 280 m 2011
156
Republic Plaza Singapore 66 280 m 1996
157
Excellence Century Plaza Tower 1 Shenzhen 60 280 m 2010
158
Shimao Didang New City Main Tower Shaoxing 56 280 m 2012
159
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza Zhengzhou 56 280 m 2012
160
GT Land Landmark Plaza South Tower Guangzhou 47 280 m 2014
161
UOB Plaza One Singapore 66 280 m 1992
162
OUB Centre Singapore 63 280 m 1988
163
Eton Place Dalian Tower 2 Dalian 62 279 m 2013
164
Three IFC Office Tower Seoul 55 279 m 2012
165
Citigroup Center New York City 59 279 m 1977
166
Hong Kong New World Tower Shanghai 61 278 m 2002
167
Trust Tower Abu Dhabi 58 278 m 2013
168
Etihad Tower 1 Abu Dhabi 70 278 m 2011
169
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Toronto 57 277 m 2012
170
Diwang International Commerce Center Nanning 54 276 m 2006
171
Scotia Plaza Toronto 68 275 m 1988
172
Williams Tower Houston 64 275 m 1983
173
Nantong Zhongnan International Plaza Nantong 53 273 m 2011
174
Wuhan World Trade Tower Wuhan 58 273 m 1998
175
Shimao International Center Office Tower Fuzhou 56 273 m 2013
176
Lvjing Tower Shenzhen 56 273 m 2011
177
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 1 Busan 66 273 m 2011
178
Aura Toronto 78 272 m 2014
179
Lotte Center Hanoi 65 272 m 2014
180
United International Mansion Chongqing 64 271 m 2013
181
Renaissance Tower Dallas 56 270 m 1974
182
Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai 60 270 m 2010
183
Shanghai City Changjiang Travel Plaza Tower Chongqing 58 270 m 2014
184
Bohai Bank Tower Tianjin 55 270 m 2015
185
The Cullinan II Hong Kong 68 270 m 2008
186
The Cullinan I Hong Kong 68 270 m 2008
187
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Manama 50 270 m 2014
188
China International Center Tower B Guangzhou 62 270 m 2007
189
Dapeng International Plaza Guangzhou 56 269 m 2006
190
One Lujiazui Shanghai 47 269 m 2008
191
21st Century Tower Dubai 55 269 m 2003
192
Naberezhnaya Tower C Moscow 61 268 m 2007
193
Nation Towers Residential Abu Dhabi 65 268 m 2012
194
Suzhou Center Suzhou 52 268 m 2013
195
Xinhe Delta Beichen Project Changsha 45 268 m 2014
196
Bank of Guangzhou Tower Guangzhou 57 268 m 2012
197
Fortune Plaza Office Building 1 Beijing 63 267 m 2014
198
Menara Carigali Kuala Lumpur 60 267 m 2012
199
Bicsa Financial Center Panama City 68 267 m 2013
200
Al Faisaliyah Center Riyadh 30 267 m 2000
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