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These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings
These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings, © Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH; © zjaaosldk, bajo licencia CC0; © Carsten Schael; © K11 / New World Development; © © Ferox Seneca, bajo licencia CC BY 3.0; imagen cortesía de SOM
© Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH; © zjaaosldk, bajo licencia CC0; © Carsten Schael; © K11 / New World Development; © © Ferox Seneca, bajo licencia CC BY 3.0; imagen cortesía de SOM

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. 

But when it comes to defining which buildings are the tallest it can get complicated. Do antennas and other gadgets on top of the building count as extra meters? What happens if the last floor is uninhabitable? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has developed their own system for classifying tall buildings, measuring from the “level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment.” Using this system more than 3,400 buildings have been categorized as over 150 meters tall.

We take a look at world’s 25 tallest buildings, according to the CTBUH, after the break. List updated on July 2018.

25. 23 Marina | 392.4 m | 1,287 ft | 88 floors

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architects:
Hafeez Contractor + KEO International Consultants
Use:
Residential
Completed:
2012

23 Marina (left). Image © Adriaan Bloem [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0
23 Marina (left). Image © Adriaan Bloem [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

24. Two International Finance Centre | 412 m | 1,352 ft | 88 floors

Location: Hong Kong
Architects: Cesar Pelli & Associates
Use: Offices
Completed: 2003

Two International Finance Centre. Image © Tom Page [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0
Two International Finance Centre. Image © Tom Page [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

23. Al Hamra Tower | 412.6 m | 1,354 ft | 80 floors

Location: Kuwait
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Offices
Completed: 2011

Al Hamra Tower. Image © Mohdalg [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 3.0
Al Hamra Tower. Image © Mohdalg [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 3.0

22. Princess Tower | 413.4 m | 1,356 ft | 101 floors

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architects: Eng. Adnan Saffarini
Use: Residential 
Completed: 2012

Princess Tower. Image © Pieter van Marion [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0
Princess Tower. Image © Pieter van Marion [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

21. Jin Mao Tower | 420.5 m | 1,380 ft | 88 floors

Location: Shanghai, China
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 1999

Jin Mao Tower. Image © Mätes II [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 3.0
Jin Mao Tower. Image © Mätes II [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 3.0

20. Trump International Hotel & Tower | 423.2 m | 1,389 ft | 98 floors

Location: Chicago, United States
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Residential and Hotel
Completed: 2009

Trump International Hotel & Tower. Image © Brian Woychuk [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0
Trump International Hotel & Tower. Image © Brian Woychuk [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

19. Marina 101 | 425 m | 1,394 ft | 101 floors

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architects: National Engineering Bureau
Use: Residencial and Hotel
Completed: 2017

© <a href="//www.flickr.com/people/10345599@N03">Francisco Anzola [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>. ImageMarina 101
© Francisco Anzola [Flickr], bajo licencia CC BY-SA 4.0. ImageMarina 101

18. 432 Park Avenue | 425.5 m | 1,397 ft | 85 floors

Location: New York
Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Use: Residential
Completed: 2015

432 Park Avenue. Image © Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH
432 Park Avenue. Image © Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH

17. Guangzhou International Finance Center | 438.6 m | 1,439 ft | 103 floors

Location: Guangzhou, China
Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 2010

Guangzhou International Finance Center. Image © wyliepoon [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0
Guangzhou International Finance Center. Image © wyliepoon [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

16. KK100 | 441.8 m | 1,449 ft | 100 floors

Location: Shenzhen, China
Architects: TFP Farrells
Use: Hotel and Office
Completed: 2011

KK100 / TFP Farrells. Image © Carsten Schael
KK100 / TFP Farrells. Image © Carsten Schael

15. Willis Tower | 442.1 m | 1,451 ft | 108 floors

Location: Chicago, United States
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Offices
Completed: 1974

Willis Tower (former Sears Tower). Image © TonyTheTiger [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0
Willis Tower (former Sears Tower). Image © TonyTheTiger [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0

14. Zifeng Tower | 450 m | 1,476 ft | 66 floors

Location: Nanjing, China
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Hotel and offices
Completed:
2010

Zifeng Tower. Image © Tomchen1989 [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0
Zifeng Tower. Image © Tomchen1989 [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0

12. Petronas Tower 2 | 451.9 m | 1,483 ft | 88 floors

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Architects: Cesar Pelli & Associates
Use: Offices
Completed: 1998

Torres Petronas. Image © Hadi Zaher [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0
Torres Petronas. Image © Hadi Zaher [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

12. Torre Petronas 1 | 451.9 m | 1,483 ft | 88 floors

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Architects: Cesar Pelli & Associates
Use: Offices
Completed: 1998

11. Changsha IFS Tower T1 | 452.1 m | 1,483 ft | 94 floors

Ubicación: Changsha, China
Arquitectos: 
Wong Tung & Partners
Uso: 
Hotel + Oficinas
Finalización: 
2018

10. International Commerce Centre | 484 m | 1,588 ft | 108 floors

Location: Hong Kong
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed:
2010

International Commerce Centre. Image © Isaac Torrontera [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0
International Commerce Centre. Image © Isaac Torrontera [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

9. Shanghai World Financial Center | 492 m | 1,614 ft | 101 floors

Location: Shanghai, China
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) + Mori Building + Irie Miyake Architects and Engineers
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed:
2008

Shanghai World Financial Center . Image © Ferox Seneca [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 3.0
Shanghai World Financial Center . Image © Ferox Seneca [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 3.0

8. TAIPEI 101 | 508 m | 1,667 ft | 101 floors

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Architects: C.Y. Lee & Partners Architects/Planners
Use: Offices
Completed: 
2004

TAIPEI 101. Image © Chris [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0
TAIPEI 101. Image © Chris [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center | 530 m | 1,739 ft | 111 floors

Location: Guangzhou, China
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Use: Mixed
Completed: 2016

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image © K11 / New World Development
Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image © K11 / New World Development

6. One World Trade Center | 541.3 m | 1,776 ft | 94 floors

Location: New York
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Hotel + Offices
Completed: 2008

One World Trade Center. Image © James Ewing
One World Trade Center. Image © James Ewing

5. Lotte World Tower | 554.5 m | 1,819 ft | 123 floors

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 2017

Lotte World Tower. Image © zjaaosldk, bajo licencia CC0
Lotte World Tower. Image © zjaaosldk, bajo licencia CC0

4. Ping An Finance Center | 599 m | 1,965 ft | 115 floors

Location: Shenzhen, China
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Use: Offices
Completed: 2017

Ping An Finance Center. Image © Terri Meyer Boake [vía CTBUH]
Ping An Finance Center. Image © Terri Meyer Boake [vía CTBUH]

3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower | 601 m | 1,972 ft | 120 floors

Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Architects: Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners + SL Rasch
Use: Mixed
Completed: 2012

Makkah Royal Clock Tower. Image © Samira [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0
Makkah Royal Clock Tower. Image © Samira [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

2. Shanghai Tower | 632 m | 2,073 ft | 128 floors

Location: Shanghai, China
Architects: Gensler
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 2015

Shanghai Tower. Image © Gensler/Shen Zhonghai
Shanghai Tower. Image © Gensler/Shen Zhonghai

1. Burj Khalifa | 828 m | 2,717 ft | 163 floors

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Offices + Residential + Hotel
Completed: 2010

Burj Khalifa, el edificio más alto del mundo. Image Cortesía de SOM
Burj Khalifa, el edificio más alto del mundo. Image Cortesía de SOM

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Cite: Valencia, Nicolás. "These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings" [¿Cuál es el edificio más alto del mundo?] 10 May 2017. ArchDaily. (Trans. Watkins, Katie) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/779178/these-are-the-worlds-25-tallest-buildings/> ISSN 0719-8884
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