The 25 Tallest Buildings in the World
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Humanity has become obsessed with breaking its limits, creating new records only to break them again and again. In fact, our cities’ skylines have always been defined by those in power during every period in history. At one point churches left their mark, followed by public institutions and in the last few decades, it's commercial skyscrapers that continue to stretch taller and taller.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (
CTBUH) has developed its own system for classifying tall buildings, stating that the Burj Khalifa (828 m.) is the world’s tallest building right now. Read on for the 25 tallest buildings in the world today. 1. Burj Khalifa / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (828 m / 2,717 ft) Dubai, United Arab Emirates Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Image © SOM Merdeka 118. Image © InterEdit88 | Wikipedia Shanghai Tower. Image © Gensler/Shen Zhonghai 4. Makkah Royal Clock Tower / Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners + SL Rasch (601 m / 1,972 ft) Mecca, Saudi Arabia Makkah Royal Clock Tower. Image © Samira [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0 5. Ping An Finance Center / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (599.1 m / 1,965 ft) Shenzhen, China Ping An Finance Center. Image © Terri Meyer Boake [via CTBUH] 6. Lotte World Tower / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (554.5 m / 1,819 ft) Seoul, South Korea Lotte World Tower. Image © zjaaosldk, under license CC0 7. One World Trade Center / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (541.3 m / 1,776 ft) New York, United States One World Trade Center. Image © James Ewing 8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (530 m / 1,739 ft) Tianjin, China Tianjin CTF Finance Centre. Image © BD2412 [Wikipedia] under license CC BY-SA 4.0 9. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (530 m / 1,739 ft) Guangzhou, China Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image © K11 / New World Development 10. CITIC Tower / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Design) + TFP Farrells (Land Bid Concept) (527.7 m / 1,731 ft) Beijing, China CITIC Tower. Image © bonandbon / Shutterstock 11. TAIPEI 101 / C.Y. Lee & Partners Architects/Planners (508 m / 1,667 ft) Taipei, Taiwan TAIPEI 101. Image © Chris [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0 12. Shanghai World Financial Center / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) + Mori Building + Irie Miyake Architects and Engineers (492 m / 1,614 ft) Shanghai, China Shanghai World Financial Center . Image © Ferox Seneca [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 3.0 International Commerce Centre. Image © Isaac Torrontera [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0
14. Central Park Tower / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (472.4 m / 1,550 ft) New York, United States Central Park Tower. Image © Paul Clemence 15. Lakhta Center / Gorproject (462 m / 1,516 ft) Saint Petersburg, Russia Lakhta Center. Image © Ninara [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0 16. Vincom Landmark 81 / Atkins (461.2 m / 1,513 ft) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Vincom Landmark 81. Image © ngoc tran / Shutterstock 17. The Exchange 106 / Mulia Group (453.6 m / 1,488 ft) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The Exchange 106. Image © NikNajmuddin Photography / Shutterstock 18. Changsha IFS Tower T1 / Wong Tung & Partners (452.1 m / 1,483 ft) Changsha, China Changsha IFS Tower T1. Image © Chonnakun Tabtong / Shutterstock 19. Petronas Twin Tower 1 / Cesar Pelli & Associates (452.1 m / 1,483 ft) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Torres Petronas. Image © Hadi Zaher [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0 20. Petronas Twin Tower 2 / Cesar Pelli & Associates (451.9 m / 1,483 ft) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Suzhou IFS. Image © Milkomède [Wikipedia], under license CC BY-SA 4.0 22. Zifeng Tower / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (450 m / 1,476 ft) Nanjing, China Zifeng Tower. Image © Tomchen1989 [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0 23. Wuhan Center Tower / East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (443.1 m / 1,454 ft) Wuhan, China Wuhan Center Tower (render). Image © ECADI 23. Willis Tower / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (442.1 m / 1,451 ft) Chicago, United States Willis Tower (former Sears Tower). Image © TonyTheTiger [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0 25. KK100 / TFP Farrells (441.8 m / 1,449 ft) Shenzhen, China KK100 / TFP Farrells. Image © Carsten Schael