Why make gigantic buildings? Because we can! These are the tallest skyscrapers, and these giant structures dotted around the planet are marvels of engineering.

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Here are the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 How do you measure a skyscraper?

To determine the height of these buildings, we must first define some criteria. Most official measurements – such as those from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) – use architectural height, from curb-level entrance to top. Including arrows, but not antennas or flag poles.

Also, the number of floors displayed may differ from the actual number of floors. Some buildings, for example, skip unlucky numbers or use letters, such as 42A above the 42nd floor. Our list also only includes buildings that were completed and open at the time of publication. Asia now has most of the tallest buildings in the world.

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The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has held the world tallest record since 2010. At 828 meters (2,717 feet) tall, the building also has the highest number of floors at 163.

The Burj Khalifa is primarily home to a hotel and luxury residences, but visitors can explore several observatories and a lounge on the 154th floor. Tickets to visit the tallest observation deck in the world, on the 148th floor, start at around $120.

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The Shanghai Tower is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Shanghai Tower

China’s tallest tower ranks second in the world. The Shanghai Tower was inaugurated in 2017. Together with the Jin Mao Tower (23rd tallest) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (10th tallest), the three buildings form the centerpiece of the city’s financial district.

Shanghai, one of the most populous cities on the planet, has everything to gain from focusing on vertical growth. With its 632 meters (2073 feet) and 128 floors, this “vertical city” combines offices, shops and restaurants. It also has an observatory on the 118th floor and a museum.

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The Royal Clock Tower in Makkah is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Makkah Royal Clock Tower

The four clocks in Makkah’s Royal Clock Tower are the largest and tallest in the world. At 601 meters (1,972 feet) and 120 stories, this magnificent tower seems to have stood there for a long time, but it was only completed in 2012.

This tall tower is located in the historic center of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, near the Grand Mosque. The third tallest building in the world houses a hotel that welcomes Muslims who come to make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Islam – the six smaller buildings that surround it also offer accommodation.

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The Ping An Financial Center is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 The Ping An Finance Center

The 115-story, 599-meter (1,965-foot) high office building occupies the center of the rapidly growing Chinese city of Shenzhen. Opened in 2017, the Ping An was named after the Chinese insurance company Ping An.

Its central position allows its occupants to easily access the metro and the commercial and residential buildings of this booming city. Shenzhen was China’s first economic zone. The building’s amphitheater-style podium features various retail and dining spaces. During your stay, don’t forget to visit the National Museum of China, which is one of the 20 most popular museums in the world.

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The Lotte World Tower in Seoul is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Lotte World Tower

Lotte World Tower literally dominates the skyline of Seoul, South Korea — it’s the tallest building in the country. With a height of 554 meters (1,819 feet), it is over 8 stories higher than Ping An Financial Center. The building, completed in 2017, serves many purposes: offices, luxury hotels, residences and convention centers.

Very popular indoor and outdoor amusement parks as well as Lotte World Mall shopping and entertainment center are right next to the building. Visitors can get to the 123rd floor observation deck, cafe and gift shop for around $25.

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One World Trade Center in New York is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 One World Trade Center

The One World Trade Center in New York is both a monument to the memory of the twin towers, destroyed on September 11, 2001, and an affirmation of the vitality of the financial district. Its 1776 feet (541 meters) symbolize the year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The 94-story office building, topped by a 124-meter (408-foot) spire, opened in 2014 next to the 9/11 Memorial. Also called Freedom Tower, it is currently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors can take in the 360-degree view from the observatory at the top, which also has exhibits and restaurants.

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Guangzhou CTF Finance Center is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Guangzhou CTF Finance Center

The tallest building in the venerable city of Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is the CTF Finance Center (not to be confused with the International Finance Center, later in this list). Guangzhou’s economic prowess is on full display in a towering complex of skyscrapers in this 530-meter (1,739-foot) and 111-story giant, completed in 2016.

The building houses a hotel, residences and offices. It has an observation deck with a spectacular view of the city and the Canton Tower (a landmark that is not on this list, as it is only a TV and surveillance tower). You can also visit the Sky Bar at the Rosewood Hotel on the 107th floor.

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The Tianjin Finance Center is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world

 Tianjin CTF Finance Center

China continues to be in a good position with the CTF Finance Center in Tianjin. The building dominates the city of Tianjin with its 530 meters (1739 feet) and 97 floors. It also sits in third place on the podium of the tallest buildings in China. The Finance Center, which is located in the new Binhai district, was inaugurated in 2019.

Tourists will be able to discover the tower, and even stay there for a stay. Offices and luxury housing.

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The CITIC Tower in Beijing is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 CITIC Tower

The curvature of Beijing’s tallest building is inspired by Chinese zun vases, hence its nickname “China Zun”. Just completed in 2018, the office tower was built to be the center of the city’s new business district.

Visitors can climb its 527 meters (1,731 feet) and 109 floors in elevators that will take them to the observation deck that sits atop this elegant tower.

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Taipei 101 is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Taipei 101

At 508 meters (1,667 feet), Taipei 101 held the title of world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2010, until the current title holder, the Burj Khalifa, was inaugurated.

Located in Taipei, Taiwan in the Xinyi District, it is known for shopping, shopping and entertainment. The stepped building is fashioned in the traditional “pagoda” style, and is seen very often during New Year celebrations.

The 101-story office building also houses a shopping mall, restaurants, and an observatory on the 89th floor. If the weather is nice enough, you can also go to the outdoor area on the 91st floor.

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The Shanghai World Financial Center is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Shanghai World Financial Center

The second of Shanghai’s trio of financial flagships, this 492-meter (1,614-foot) building also houses shops, a restaurant and a five-star hotel, one of the tallest in the world.

The centerpiece of this 101-story building, completed in 2008, is the portal at the top, which looks like a gigantic open window. It has earned the building its nickname of “bottle opener” (visitors can buy real bottle openers in the shape of the building in the souvenir shop).

The observation decks, located on floors 94, 97, and 100, allow you to stroll through a long viewing gallery overlooking the portal.

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The International Commerce Center is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 International Trade Center

This rather dark 484-meter (1,588-foot) building on Hong Kong’s Kowloon Peninsula comes alive at night with a magnificent sound and light show overlooking Victoria Harbour.

The International Commerce Center (ICC) and the Two International Finance Center opposite it form an imposing entrance to the port facilities. Completed in 2010 and primarily used as an office building, the ICC is also home to the tallest hotel in the world, the luxurious Ritz Carlton, which occupies the top floors of the building.

You can admire Hong Kong Island from the 100th floor observation deck for around twenty dollars if you buy the ticket online. The hotel’s ski bar, Ozone, is even higher, on the 108th floor.

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The Central Park Tower is the second tallest skyscraper in New York

 Central Park Tower

Inaugurated in 2020, the Central Park Tower is the tallest residential tower in the world. Based in New York, just opposite the famous Central Park, it is the second tallest building in Manhattan at 472 meters (1,550 feet).

Luxury apartments make up the 98 floors of the building. Residents have access to an extraordinary view of the Big Apple, either of Central Park or of the island’s major buildings (Empire State Building, Times Squares, World Trade Center, etc.). Only residents are allowed to climb to the top, but this grand edifice is also impressive to observe from the outside.

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The Lakhta Tower is the tallest in Russia

 Lakhta Tower

With its new tower inaugurated in 2019, which is mainly used for offices, Russia is now part of this list. Based in the city of St Petersburg, the Lakhta Center is approximately 462 meters (1516 feet) tall and sits on the edge of the Gulf of Finland. It is also the tallest skyscraper in the country as well as on the European continent.

The construction of the 87-storey building did not meet with unanimous approval from UNESCO and the Union of Architects of Russia. The latter denounce a lack of sensitivity; the skyscraper would disrupt the historic view and architectural integrity of the city. The authorities nevertheless gave the green light for this construction, which began in 2011.

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Vincom Landmark 81 is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Vincom Landmark 81

Southeast Asia’s tallest building, Vincom Landmark 81, towers over one of Asia’s most popular travel destinations: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Completed in 2018 on the west bank of the Saigon River, the 461-meter (1,540-foot), 81-story skyscraper remains primarily residential. It also consists of a few shops, a hotel at the top and even an ice rink on the lower floors.

It is part of a new urban development project that integrates housing and green spaces in Vincom Central Park. An observation deck opened its doors in the spring of 2019 on floors 79 to 81. The more adventurous can try the SkyTouch, an outdoor space where harnessed visitors can lean into the void.

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The Changsha IFS Tower T1 is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Changsha IFS Tower T1

This skyscraper dominating Changsha, the capital of the Chinese province of Hunan, was completed in 2018.

Together with the much smaller Tower 2, the building complex offers office space that sits above the Changsha IFS complex, a shopping and entertainment center. The 94-story, 452-meter (1,483-foot) building also houses a hotel at the top.

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The Petronas Towers 1 are among the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Petronas Towers 1

These stunning twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia tied for 17th and 18th respectively on our list. These buildings, 452 meters (1,483 feet) high and 88 stories high, caused a stir when they were inaugurated in 1998. They then stole the title of world’s tallest building from Chicago’s Sears Tower. (now known as Willis Tower). This was a record she had held since 1974.

Since much of the extra height of the Petronas Towers came from their spiers, the people of Chicago weren’t very happy — they saw it as cheating. The Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) met and decided that spiers would be considered in the height of buildings. This ensured that the towers retained the top spot until the Taipei 101 took over in 2004.

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The Petronas Towers 2 are among the tallest skyscrapers in the world.
Petronas Towers 2

The world’s tallest twins were built as a testament to Malaysia’s economic boom and quickly became the capital’s dominating landmark. They are connected to the 41st floor by an air bridge, which allows people to move more easily between the two buildings. The towers mainly house offices and a shopping mall on the lower levels.

Surrounding the buildings is the urban green space of KLCC Park. Visitors can go to the sky bridge and the observatory on the 86th floor of Tower 2 for around twenty dollars.

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Suzhou Tower is the tallest in this Chinese city

 Suzhou IFS

The Chinese city of Suzhou is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Among its many infrastructures, the Suzhou IFS (or International Finance Square) remains the most impressive. At 450 meters (1,476 feet), the tallest tower in the city is made up of housing, hotels and offices. It is also impressive for its atypical shape, its post-modern architecture and its 95 floors.

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The Zifeng Tower is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Zifeng Tower

Ancient and modern come together in the beautiful city of Nanjing in eastern China. Inside the walls of the old city, the Zifeng Tower signals that this tranquil town is a thriving center of commerce and culture. It is designed in a triangle shape to maximize views and blend in with both old and new architecture. The 450-meter (1,476-foot), 66-story building overlooks the nearby mountains and lake.

Completed in 2010, the Zifeng Tower houses a hotel, shops, restaurants, offices and, at the top, an observation deck.

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The Exchange 106 tower is one of the tallest in the world

 The Exchange 106

Inaugurated in 2019, The Exchange 106 (or TRX Tower) showcases the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The tower is the third tallest in the South Asian country at 445 meters (1462 meters). Its 106 floors are mainly used to house offices, in the heart of the city’s financial district.

The tower is also distinguished by its “crown”, at the top of the building. It adds a touch of elegance to the rest of the tower with a relatively simple and modern architecture. The wreath also lights up in the evening, revealing a multitude of impressive decorative lights.

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The Wuhan Center Tower is the tallest tower in the city

 Wuhan Center Tower

The city of Wuhan, China, makes an appearance on the list with its new Wuhan Center Tower. The tower is just over 443 meters (1454 meters) and its 88 floors are mostly made up of offices, as well as some hotels and luxury accommodation.

Visitors will also have the chance to access a platform with a 360 view of the city, near the top of the tower. It is also the tallest skyscraper in central China. It is also one of the towers with the most technological facilities: smart offices, world conference centers, VIP hotels and high-end international shopping centers are all set up to promote the economy and Wuhan’s reputation.

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The Willis Tower is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Willis Tower

It is still called the Sears Tower, but the insurance company Willis Group Holdings has held the naming rights to this Chicago building since 2009. The tower became the world’s tallest building in 1974. It took the top honor from New York’s World Trade Center, which had held the title since 1971 — and which itself snatched it from the Empire State Building. , which boasted about it for 40 years.

The Sears Tower held the title for more than 20 years, until that fight we mentioned earlier with the Petronas Towers in 1998. First an office building, the tower is undergoing a renovation. Renovation expected to be completed in 2020, to create retail and dining spaces, among other amenities. Visitors can climb the Skydeck that sits atop this iconic 443-meter (1,451-foot), 108-story tower. It has a fully glazed balcony called the Ledge.

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The KK100 tower in China is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.


China continues to dominate the list of giant buildings with this second skyscraper in the booming city of Shenzhen. Opened in 2011, KK100 is 440 meters (1,449 feet) tall and has 100 floors. It mainly hosts offices and a hotel at the top.

The KK100 is part of a plan for the development of the financial district which also includes residential buildings and shops in the podium located at the foot of the building. On the upper floors of the building, the Hotel Saint-Regis stands out with its Sky Lobby on the 96th floor, an observation space in the form of a terrace entirely glazed to give visitors the impression that they are float between heaven and earth. At the very top, the 100th floor houses the hotel bar, the Decanter.

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The Guangzhou International Finance Center is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

 Guangzhou International Finance Center

The International Finance Center of Guangzhou and its companion, the CTF Finance Center, somehow frame the large square of the Zhujiang New Town district of Guangzhou. This place hosts a center of cultural and commercial development. Completed in 2010, the 103-story, 438-meter (1,439-foot) building includes offices and a Four Seasons Hotel on the upper floors.

The huge atrium of the hotel, which rises from the 70th floor, allows visitors to look up to the glass roof surmounting the building. A Sky Bar and a restaurant occupy the upper floors and there is also the roof, the highest helipad in the world.

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