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The 10 tallest buildings in the world (for now)

19/07/2017
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How’s your head for heights? 

If you’re prone to vertigo or a fear of heights then you might want to brace yourself before you read any further as we embark on a whistle-stop tour of the 10 tallest buildings in the world right now…
At 1,588ft in height the International Commerce Centre is the tallest building in Hong Kong
10. International Commerce Centre (Hong Kong, China)
At 1,588ft in height the International Commerce Centre is the tallest building in Hong Kong. Completed in 2010 the International Commerce Centre is a mixed-use building which contains a number of notable amenities including the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel and the Sky100 observatory. This building also holds a Guinness World Record- for providing the largest light and sound show on a single building, covering over 50,000 square metres.
The World Financial Centre in Shaghai took over 10 years to build with a final construction cost of over $1.2 billion USD
9. Shanghai World Financial Centre (Shanghai, China)
Located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China, the World Financial Centre is a mixed use supertall skyscraper consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls. Built to survive earthquakes measuring up to eight on the Richter scale, the World Financial Centre took over 10 years to complete with a final construction cost of over $1.2 billion USD.
A veritable icon, Taiwan's Taipei 101 skyscraper stands prominently in the country's Xinyi District
8. Taipei 101 (Taipei, Taiwan)
A veritable icon, Taiwan’s Taipei 101 skyscraper stands prominently in the country’s Xinyi District. The tower is home to the offices of many global brand names including Google, Bayer Group, Winterthur Insurance and many more. As the name suggests the tower has 101 stories which “symbolise the renewal of time”. In addition, the bright yellow gleam at the peak of the tower is meant to represent a welcoming torch that stands for liberty. This is another tower that’s award winning; in 2011 the Taipei 101 was awarded the LEED Platinum certification, the highest award of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
The Chow Tai Finance Centre was completed in 2016 and encompasses an observation deck, hotel, apartments, conference facilities and retail locations
7. Chow Tai Finance Centre (Guangzhou, China)
Completed in 2016, the Chow Tai Finance Centre is a 1,739ft mixed-use skyscraper located in the southern Chinese city of Guanghzhou. The tower encompasses an observation deck, hotel, apartments, conference facilities and retail locations. Not only that, the tower has it’s own metro station attached. With 111 floors, and 95 elevators the Chow Tai Finance Centre is a truly remarkable feat of engineering.
The One World Trade Centre has become a centrepiece of the New York skyline
6. One World Trade Centre (New York Centre, United States)
Peaking at 1,776ft the One World Trade Centre is the tallest building in the United States. Following the tragedy of 9/11 the building was designed by architect David M. Childs to become a statement and the centrepiece of the New York skyline. The 104 stories of the building play home to offices, restaurants, broadcast and antennae facilities, and an observation deck. The tower is vast- with over three million rentable square feet for local businesses available. One World Trade Centre is also remarkably green with renewable energy and the reuse of rainwater all factored into the design of building. The tower has achieved LEED Gold status for its eco-friendliness; consider that the majority of the building’s interior is constructed from recyclables and waste products.
Reaching 123 floors, the Lotte World Tower is located along the Han River in Seoul, South Korea
5. Lotte World Tower (Seoul, South Korea)
Walk along the Han River in Seoul’s Sincheon-dong neighbourhood and you’ll be hard-pressed not to notice the Lotte World Tower as it emerges from the landscape and pierces the sky. The tower’s 123 floors reach to a height of 1,821ft making it the world’s fifth tallest building. Completed in early-2016 the Lotte World Tower contains retail outlets, residences, a luxury hotel, private office spaces and an observation deck. The tower is also a holder of the LEED Gold status for its eco-friendliness.
Located in the heart of Shenzen's growing business district, the Ping An Finance Centre stretches to an incredible 1,965ft in height
4. Ping An Finance Centre (Shenzen, China)
Located in the heart of Shenzen’s growing business district, the Ping An Finance Centre stretches to an incredible 1,965ft in height. The tower is set to be home to the headquarters of Ping An Insurance, several hotels, offices, retail space, a high-end shopping mall, and of course the obligatory observation deck. 
The Abraj Al-Bait clock tower is home to the largest elevated clocks in the world
3. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower (Mecca, Saudi Arabia)
Within a stone's-throw of Islam’s most-sacred place, Mecca, sits the Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower (also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel). The tower is in-fact a megatall complex of seven skyscraper hotels which have been constructed as part of government efforts to modernise the city in catering to pilgrims. Reaching 1,906ft the tower has 70 floors, over 1,000 hotel rooms and residential spaces and also hosts a plethora of dining, conference, corporate and leisure facilities. The building is also home to the largest elevated clocks in the world. The complex is also home to a lunar observation centre which facilitates views of the moon during Holy Months.
The Shanghai Tower holds the prestigious title of being one of the most sustainable buildings in China
2. Shanghai Tower (Shanghai, China)
The Shanghai Tower holds the prestigious title of being one of the most sustainable buildings in China. Possessing LEED Platinum status, the tower has 128 storeys and took around 8 years to construct. The tower reaches 2,073ft into the Chinese sky and contains the world’s fastest elevators (which reach a dizzying speed of 74km/h). Step inside and explore the the Shanghai Tower and you’ll encounter a total of 320 hotel rooms, retail spaces, restaurants, cafes and gardens. With two glass facades encompassing over 20,000 panels, the unique building gently twists 120 degrees to counteract strong winds.
The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world at over 2,716.5ft in height, but there are contenders to the title currently under construction
1. Burj Khalifa (Dubai, UAE)
The tallest building in the world. The architects purposefully aimed for this distinction and the Burj Khalifa holds onto the title (for now). The Burj Khalifa reaches 2,716.5ft, contains an impressive 160 storeys and has the highest outdoor observation deck, restaurant and nightclub in the world. You’ll also find the Armani Hotel Dubai, apartments, swimming pools and various high-end shops within the confines of the tower. At the foot of the tower you’ll be greeted with views of a 30-acre man-made lake. All-in-all, the Burj Khalifa represents an astonishing engineering feat.

The top 10 tallest buildings

So you’ve made it through our list of the top 10 tallest buildings in the world. What next?

Taking it higher

There are several architecture firms busily working away on what they hope will be the next ‘tallest building in the world’. The most likely contender is the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, which is set to open soon. Reaching a height of 3,281ft the Jeddah Tower will be the first building in the world to reach a full kilometre in height.

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Great Article! Thanks Jonathan
Megan-Marie Tuitt, 19 July 2017
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