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The 25 Tallest Buildings in the World

The 25 Tallest Buildings in the World

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.

25. Guangzhou International Finance Center

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

Location: Guangzhou, China
Height: 1,439 ft (438,6 m)
Floors: 103
Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects 
Building Function: Hotel, Office
Completion: 2010

24. KK100

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

Location: Shenzhen
Height: 1,449 ft (441,8 m)
Floors: 100
Architects: TFP Farrells
Building Function: Hotel, Office
Completion: 2011

23. Willis Tower

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

Location: Chicago, United States
Height: 1,450 ft (442,1 m)
Floors: 108
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Building Function: Offices
Completion: 1974

22. Wuhan Center Tower

Wuhan Center Tower (render). Image © ECADI
Wuhan Center Tower (render). Image © ECADI

City: Wuhan, China
Height: 1,437 ft (443 meters)
Floors: 88
Architects: East China Architectural Design & Research Institute
Building Function: Hotel, Residential, Office
Completion: 2019

21. The Exchange 106

The Exchange 106. Image © NikNajmuddin Photography / Shutterstock
The Exchange 106. Image © NikNajmuddin Photography / Shutterstock

Location: Kuala Lumpur
Height: 1,460 ft (445,1 m)
Floors: 95
Architects: Mulia Group
Building Function: Office
Completion: 2019

19. Zifeng Tower

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

Location: Nanjing, China
Height: 1,476 ft (450 m)
Floors: 66
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Building Function: Hotel, Office
Completion: 2010

19. Suzhou IFS

Suzhou IFS. Image © Milkomède [Wikipedia], under license CC BY-SA 4.0
Suzhou IFS. Image © Milkomède [Wikipedia], under license CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Location: Suzhou, China
Height: 1,476 ft (450 m)
Floors: 95 
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Building Function: Hotel, Office, Serviced Apartments
Completion: 2019

17. Petronas Twin Tower 2

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

Location: Kuala Lumpur
Height: 
1,489 ft (451.9 m)
Floors: 
88
Architects: 
Cesar Pelli & Associates
Building Function: 
Office
Completion: 
1998

17. Petronas Twin Tower 1

Location: Kuala Lumpur
Height: 
1,489 ft (451.9 m)
Floors: 
88
Architects: 
Cesar Pelli & Associates
Building Function: 
Office
Completion: 
1998

16. Changsha IFS Tower T1

Changsha IFS Tower T1. Image © Chonnakun Tabtong / Shutterstock
Changsha IFS Tower T1. Image © Chonnakun Tabtong / Shutterstock

 

Location: Changsha, China
Height: 1,483 ft (452.1 m)
Floors: 94
Architects: Wong Tung & Partners
Building Function: Hotel, Office
Completion: 2018

15. Vincom Landmark 81

Vincom Landmark 81. Image © ngoc tran / Shutterstock
Vincom Landmark 81. Image © ngoc tran / Shutterstock

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Height: 1,513 ft (461.3 m)
Floors: 81
Architects: Atkins
Building Function: Hote, Residential
Completion: 2018

14. Lakhta Center

Lakhta Center. Image © Ninara [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0
Lakhta Center. Image © Ninara [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0

Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Height: 1,516 ft (462 m)
Floors: 87
Architects: Gorproject
Building Function: Office
Completion: 2019

13. Central Park Tower

Central Park Tower. Image © Paul Clemence
Central Park Tower. Image © Paul Clemence

Location: New York, United States
Height: 1,550 ft (472,4 m)
Floors: 98
Architects: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Building Function: Residential
Completion: 2020

12. International Commerce Centre

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

Location: Hong Kong
Height: 1,588 ft (484 m) 
Floors: 108
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Building Function: Hotel, Office
Completion: 2010

11. Shanghai World Financial Center

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

Location: Shanghai
Height: 1,614 ft (492 m)
Floors: 101
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) + Mori Building + Irie Miyake Architects and Engineers
Building Function: Hotel, Office
Completion: 2008

 10. TAIPEI 101

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

Location: Taipei
Height: 1,667 ft (508 m)
Floors: 101
Architects: C.Y. Lee & Partners Architects/Planners
Building Function: Offices
Completion: 2004

9. CITIC Tower

CITIC Tower. Image © bonandbon / Shutterstock
CITIC Tower. Image © bonandbon / Shutterstock

Location: Beijing
Height: 1,731 ft (527.7 m)
Floors: 109
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Design Architect) + TFP Farrells (Land Bid Concept)
Building Function: Office
Completion: 2018

8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre. Image © BD2412 [Wikipedia] under license CC BY-SA 4.0
Tianjin CTF Finance Centre. Image © BD2412 [Wikipedia] under license CC BY-SA 4.0

Location: Tianjin
Height: 1,740 ft (530 m)
Floors: 97
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Building Function: Hotel, Serviced Apartments, Office
Completion: 2019

7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center

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

Location: Guangzhou
Height: 1,740 ft (530 m)
Floors: 111
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Building Function: Hotel, Residential, Office
Completion: 2016

6. One World Trade Center

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

Location: New York
Height: 1,776 ft (541.3 m)
Floors: 94
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Building Function: Office
Completion: 2014

5. Lotte World Tower

Lotte World Tower. Image © zjaaosldk, under license CC0
Lotte World Tower. Image © zjaaosldk, under license CC0

Location: Seoul
Height: 1,819 ft (554.5 m)
Floors: 123
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Building Function: Hotel, Office, Residential, Retail
Completion: 2017

4. Ping An Finance Center

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

Location: Shenzhen
Height: 1,965 ft (599 m)
Floors: 115
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Building Function: Office
Completion: 2017

3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, the tallest building with a clock face in the world

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

Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Height: 1,972 ft (601 m)
Floors: 120
Architects: Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners + SL Rasch
Building Function: Mixed Use
Completion: 2012

2. Shanghai Tower, the tallest twisted building in the world

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

Location: Shanghai
Height: 2,073 ft (632 m)
Floors: 128
Architects: Gensler
Building Function: Hotel, Offices
Completion: 2015

1. Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

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

Location: Dubai
Height: 2,717 ft (828 m)
Floors: 163
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Building Function: Hotel, Residential, Office
Completion: 2010

The tallest buildings in the world are:

  1. Burj Khalifa
  2. Shanghai Tower
  3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower
  4. Ping An Finance Center
  5. Lotte World Tower
  6. One World Trade Center
  7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre
  8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
  9. CITIC Tower
  10. TAIPEI 101
  11. Shanghai World Financial Center
  12. International Commerce Centre
  13. Central Park Tower
  14. Lakhta Center
  15. Vincom Landmark 81
  16. Changsha IFS Tower T1
  17. Petronas Twin Tower 1
  18. Petronas Twin Tower 2
  19. Suzhou IFS
  20. Zifeng Tower
  21. The Exchange 106
  22. Wuhan Center Tower
  23. Willis Tower
  24. KK100
  25. Guangzhou International Finance Center

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Cite: Valencia, Nicolás. "The 25 Tallest Buildings in the World" [Estos son los 25 edificios más altos del mundo ahora] 25 Oct 2021. ArchDaily. (Trans. Watkins, Katie) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/779178/these-are-the-worlds-25-tallest-buildings> ISSN 0719-8884
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