Tall buildings have always been the symbol of style and might and luxury and they have always fascinated mankind. So today we will be looking at the top 10 tallest buildings in the world.
1. TAIPEI 101, TAIWAN
It is like a giant bamboo stalk which it was designed to resemble and it is impossible to miss Taipei 101 which stands at 508 m (1667 ft), it has held the title of ‘world’s tallest building’ from the year 2004 until the year 2010 and completion of Dubai’s Burj Al Kalifa. Taipei 101’s architectural style evokes Asian traditions. Its design has several features that enable the structure to stand the Pacific Rim’s earthquakes and the region’s tropical storms. The tower has offices as well as restaurants. It also has indoor and outdoor observatories.
2. CITIC TOWER (CHINA ZUN), BEIJING, CHINA
This is a very tall skyscraper in the Chinese capital’s business district. The building’s fascinating profile, wide at the top and base while slender in the middle is inspired by the zun, which is an ancient Chinese ritual vessel that is used for drinking wine. Citic Tower is likely to remain the tallest building in Beijing for the foreseeable future, as in 2018 authorities capped new projects in the central business district to a height of no more than 180 m (590 ft) in a bid to reduce congestion.
3. TIANJIN CFT FINANCE CENTER, CHINA
This one is a striking new landmark in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) which is located just outside the coastal metropolis of Tianjin. The skyscraper houses a lot of offices also around 300 serviced apartments and a five-star hotel with over 350 rooms. Strategically placed, wind vents which are put together with the tower’s aerodynamic shape reduce vortex shedding, which in turn drastically minimizes wind forces (a problem which affects many other supertall buildings).
4. GUANGZHOU CFT FINANCE CENTER, CHINA
This is a high-rise tower that houses a hotel and serviced apartments also office space and a retail mall podium. This building also has several energy efficient tools to minimize its environmental footprint: the use of high-efficiency chillers and also heat recovery from the water-cooled chiller condensers all contribute to this giant building’s sustainability.
5. ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER, NEW YORK, USA
One World Trade Center – also known as The Freedom Tower is located in the middle of the city’s bustling financial district in Downtown Manhattan. The skyscraper costs around USD 4 billion and took almost eight years to build from 2006-2014. Its huge size and the geographic constraints also the safety necessities make it one of the Western Hemisphere’s most complex structures ever built.
6. LOTTE WORLD TOWER, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
This is one of Korea’s architectural jewels. The design of this 123-story tower is drawn from the forms of traditional Korean ceramics and calligraphy. The skyscraper rises in a sleek, tapered fashion that contrasts with the city’s mountainous topography. Inside, the tower houses a variety of program types, which include retail spaces, office floors, a five-star luxury hotel. Other features also include the shopping mall Avenuel, Korea’s best urban aquarium, a spectacular classical music hall, and Asia’s largest multiplex.
7. PING AN FINANCE CENTER, SHENZHEN, CHINA
This one is the physical and iconic center of Shenzhen’s central business district. The building is defined by a central atrium, which is a public vestibule and allows daylight in, creating a very welcoming space that can is used for meeting, shopping, and dining. The original plan was to add a 60 m (197 ft) antenna atop the building to surpass the Shanghai Tower (cf below) and become the tallest building in China, although that plan was abandoned due to the possibility that it might obstruct flight paths.
8. MAKKAH ROYAL CLOCK TOWER, MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA
This is a government-owned complex of seven skyscraper hotels which are located next to the world’s largest mosque and also Islam’s most sacred site, the Great Mosque of Mecca. The central tower, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, contains the Clock Tower Museum on its very top four floors. The tower also houses has two large prayer rooms (one for men, one for women) and a Fairmont managed hotel to help provide lodging for the millions of pilgrims that travel to Mecca annually to participate in the Hajj. The developer and contractor of this complex are the Saudi Binladin Group, the Kingdom’s largest construction company. It is the world’s most expensive building with a total cost of construction is more than
USD 15 billion.
9. SHANGHAI TOWER, CHINA
This is the tallest of the world’s first triple-adjacent supertall skyscrapers in Shanghai’s financial center. This tower rises high above Shanghai’s skyline, its curved look and spiraling form symbolizing the dynamic upcoming of modern China. The tower is divided between office space and retail also leisure use. This is one of the most sustainably advanced super tall buildings in the world:
10. BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI, UAE
Launched in 2012, Burj Khalifa has a massive height excluding its antenna of 828 m (2,717 ft). The building was originally named Burj Dubai but later was renamed in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi, after he lent money to the Dubai developers, who ran into some financial issues during the making of the tower. Also, the tower’s design is inspired by the geometries of a regional desert flower and the patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture.