Bird’s-Eye Views Like You Won’t Believe from the World’s Top 10 Tallest Buildings

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“The Tallest in the World” is one of the most coveted titles a building can have. For most of the twentieth century, the United States reigned supreme with the Woolworth Building, Empire State Building and Sears Tower holding their positions as champs … that was until the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia came along in 1998 to take the crown.

Since then, both Asia and the Middle East have become the epicenter in the race to the top. Seven out of the current top 10 are based in Asia with China in the lead with five. By 2022, the top three will be based in the Middle East with the remaining seven in Asia.

Below is a visual journey of the current top 10 tallest buildings in the world.

No. 10 – International Commerce Centre

Location: Hong Kong, China
Height: 1,588 ft
Completed: 2010
Floors: 108

No. 9 – Shanghai World Financial Center

Location: Shanghai, China
Height: 1,622 ft
Completed: 2008
Floors: 101

No. 8 – TAIPEI 101

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Height: 1,667 ft
Completed: 2004
Floors: 101

No. 7 – Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

Location: Guangzhou, China
Height: 1,739 ft
Completed: 2016
Floors: 111

No. 6 – One World Trade Center

Location: New York, United States of America
Height: 1,792 ft
Completed: 2014
Floors: 104

No. 5 – Lotte World Tower

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 1,823 ft
Completed: 2017
Floors: 123

No. 4 – Ping An Finance Center

Location: Shenzhen, China
Height: 1,965 ft
Completed: 2017
Floors: 115

No. 3 – Makkah Royal Clock Tower

Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Height: 1,972 ft
Completed: 2012
Floors: 120

No. 2 – Shanghai Tower

Location: Shanghai, China
Height: 2,073 ft
Completed: 2015
Floors: 128

No. 1 – Burj Khalifa

Location: Dubai, UAE
Height: 2,723 ft
Completed: 2010
Floors: 163


*Special thanks to TAIPEI 101 & Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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