It seems this list changes almost every year, with architects trying to outdo each other building after building. But as of 2017, these are the tallest buildings in the world and some of them are simply stunning…
10 – International Commerce Centre, China (Height: 1,588 ft)
Wiki Info: The ICC faces the second-tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, the 2 International Finance Centre (IFC) directly across Victoria Harbour in Central, Hong Kong Island. IFC was also developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties, along with another major Hong Kong developer, Henderson Land.
9 – Shanghai World Financial Center, China (Height: 1,614 ft)
Wiki Info: The SWFC has been lauded for its design, and in 2008 it was named by architects as the year’s best completed skyscraper. In 2013, the SWFC was exceeded in height by the adjacent Shanghai Tower, which is China’s tallest structure as of 2016.
8 – Taipei 101, Taiwan (Height: 1,667 ft)
Wiki Info: Construction on the 101-story tower started in 1999 and finished in 2004. The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening. The building was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition.
7 – CTF Finance Centre, China (Height: 1,739 ft)
Wiki Info: The Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is situated on 27,000 m2 lot along Zhujiang East Road in Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou’s central business district. In that neighbourhood, the skyscraper is located east of the central axis with an underground mall and connections to public transportation underneath it.
6 – One World Trade Center, United States (Height: 1,776 ft)
Wiki Info: The new World Trade Center complex will eventually include five high-rise office buildings built along Greenwich Street, as well as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, located just south of One World Trade Center where the original Twin Towers stood. The construction of the new building is part of an effort to memorialise and rebuild following the destruction of the original World Trade Center complex.
5 – Lotte World Tower, South Korea (Height: 1,819 ft)
Wiki Info: After 13 years of planning and site preparation, the tower gained final approval to start construction by the government in November 2010 and the first groundbreaking activities of piling and frame assembly were observed at the construction site in March 2011.
4 – Ping An Finance Centre, China (Height: 1,965 ft)
Wiki Info: The building is located within the Central Business District of Shenzhen in Futian. Its 18,931 square metre lot was purchased by Ping An Group via auction at a price of 1.6568 billion RMB on November 6, 2007. Its foundation stone was laid on August 29, 2009, and construction started in November the same year.
3 – Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia (Height: 1,971 ft)
Wiki Info: The complex was built after the demolition of the Ajyad Fortress, the 18th-century Ottoman citadel which stood atop a hill overlooking the Grand Mosque. The destruction of the fort in 2002 by the Saudi government sparked a Turkish and international outcry. It is the world’s most expensive building with the total cost of construction equaling 15 billion dollars
2 – Shanghai Tower, China (Height: 2,073 ft)
Wiki Info: Designed by international design firm Gensler and owned by the Shanghai city government, it is the tallest of the world’s first triple-adjacent supertall buildings in Pudong, the other two being the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Its tiered construction, designed for high energy efficiency, provides nine separate zones divided between office, retail and leisure use.
1 – Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates (Height: 2,717 ft)
Wiki Info: Burj Khalifa was designed by Adrian Smith, then of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, whose firm designed the Willis Tower and One World Trade Center. Hyder Consulting was chosen to be the supervising engineer with NORR Group Consultants International Limited chosen to supervise the architecture of the project.