In the “Genesis” the first book of the old testament, the tower of Babel was built to reach the sky. Of course it never did and now it is mentioned as a reminder of the impossible. In today’s era, people build new towers of Babel, taller than the others and the limit seems to be the architect’s imagination, the techniques and the construction materials. So lets see which are the 10 tallest skyscrapers this moment. The list includes buildings whose construction has been completed and not others that although are taller, are still under construction. So lets start with number 1…
1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE, 829,8m
It is the tallest building in the world since 2009, but one day it will be surpassed by others that are being built. It can be found easily in the Dubai horizon, despite the presence of many other skyscrapers in the Arabic city. It is located in downtown Dubai and is indeed a architectural miracle! The city view that it offers from the top is incredible, which is reasonable if you take into consideration that it has 163 storeys.
2. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China, 632m
Shanghai the Chinese supercity is one of those cities that has been changed impressively as time passes, due to the human interference. In the Lujiazui quarter, at the bank of river Huangpu, the Shanghai’s financial district is being built and there the impressive Shanghai tower is located. It is the highest building all over China and his distinctive design is breathtaking. It has a spiral shape and an obvious, extensive use of metal and glass that are combined harmonically.
3. Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 601m
In Mecca the holiest city of the Muslims, the third tallest building in the world, is constructed. The supertall complex was built for both the modernization of the city and the housing of the pilgrims that come every year. At the top of the central building, that is used as a hotel, lies the iconic, huge clock, which is the landmark of the city. The whole complex has a view over Mecca’s grand mosque, the Masjid al-Ḥarām, the holy mosque.
4. One World Trade Center, New York City, USA, 541,3m
The astonishing glass skyscraper of the world trade center one is the fourth tallest building in the world and the tallest in the United States! Its a true jewel for the city of New York. It is the main building of the trade center’s complex, that was built is the same area where the destroyed, in 11 September 2001, twin towers were located. It is worth noting that the architect of the supertall skyscraper is the same that designed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
5. CTF Finance Center, Guangzhou, China, 530m
The name Guangzhou probably doesn’t ring a bell, which is reasonable since the city isn’t as famous as other Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong. However is a rapidly developing city with many industries and a continuously growing population. There is located the fifth tallest building, the CTF financial center. Its an impressive skyscraper that will take your breath away with its 530m of height. Don’t miss going up to the 112 storey! It has a marvelous view from the observation post.
6. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan, 509m
In Taipei, capital of Taiwan you can see the skyscraper Taipei 101, the sixth tallest in the world. It was named after the number of its storeys and it is the landmark of the modern Asian metropolis. Once and more specifically in 2004 it was awarded the title of the tallest building in the world, surpassing in height the Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur. It kept the title until 2009 when the construction of Burj Khalifa was completed. That how thing are in constructions. One day, another building will be built and it will be taller.
7. Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China, 492m
Once it was the tallest building in Shanghai, however now it lies in the shadow of the Shanghai tower, despite its 492m of height. However it is definitely a piece of admiration due to its distinctive design. It is difficult to imagine how such a building was constructed, with these facets that are changing orientation as it goes up! Moreover the trapezoid aperture at the peak is the skyscraper’s distinctive feature, a feature that made it famous in the world. It is worth mentioning that between the 79th and the 93th storey the Park Hyatt Shanghai hotel is located. Its is the second highest hotel in the world.
8. International Commerce Center, Hong Kong, China, 484m
China has another one representative in the list with the 1o tallest buildings in the world, this time in Hong Kong. The International Commerce Center is located in Kowloon island and it a real attraction. It is easily distinguished in the heavily, overpopulated and full of skyscrapers urban environment and offers an astonishing view to the gulf of Hong Kong and the Victoria Harbour. Right above i referred the second highest hotel in the world, the Park Hyatt Shanghai. The highest hotel in the world is the Ritz-Carlton that occupies the last storeys of the Chinese skyscraper, from the 102nd to the 118th.
9. Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 451,9m
Having already seen the Burj Khalifa live, i have to admit that when i saw the Petronas twin towers i thought that they were very small, when i first saw them, while travelling to Malaysia. However, despite my first impression, the twin towers are extremely amazing. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 until 2004 when they were surpassed by the skyscraper Taipei 101. Nevertheless being 451.9m tall they keep the title of the tallest twin buildings in the globe.
10. Nanjing Greenland Financial Complex ( Zifeng Tower ), Nanjing, China, 450m
The Zifeng tower is the tenth building in the list with the tallest skyscrapers in the world, having a not insignificant height of 450m. It is located in the city of Nanjing, in China and it has 89 storeys. It has offices, commercial stores, housing facilities and of course an observation post, open to public. Its design doesn’t fall short compared with the above buildings and uses a combination of glass and metal.
So these are the 10 tallest completed skyscrapers in the world. In time some of them will get off the list while other will be ranked a few positions lower. That’s what happened for example with the Willis tower ( former Sears tower ) in Chicago, the Empire State and the Chrysler building in New York. These were once in the top of lists like this one but now others took their position. These days the next supertalls are being constructed and sooner or later the first skyscrapers to pass the 1000m limit will be a reality….
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