List of Top 10 World’s Tallest Buildings in 2012

A decade or two ago, the list of top ten world’s tallest buildings would be the same for many years. But for now, it appears that we have to update the list every year as more and more taller skyscrapers eligible to be in top 10 are built in recent years. Ten years ago, we have less than 5 buildings that rise above 400 metres in height. But by now in 2012, we had 16 skyscrapers reaching above that impressive height. So, in few years time, it would be over 20. People now are building taller and taller, not only because of having limited land space especially in dense cities, but also to break records and to get famous.

Now, here it is, the official list of the current top 10 world’s tallest buildings as of end of this year (2012) which doesn’t include telecommunication towers or other non-occupied structures. The height taken in account is according to height to architectural detail which doesn’t include antenna but includes spire as the latter is counted as part of original design of a particular building. I’m quite certain that this list differs slightly from the list in previous years, and so I decided to have this new post as an update. Well, I believe this list is going to be updated again next year too.

The description that follows start with height, number of floors, year completed, and finally the city and country the building is located.

1. Burj Khalifa – 828 metres, 163 floors, 2010, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


2. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel – 601 metres, 120 floors, 2012, Mecca, Saudi Arabia.


3. Taipei 101 – 508 metres, 101 floors, 2004, Taipei, Taiwan.


4. Shanghai World Financial Center – 492 metres, 101 floors, 2008, Shanghai, China.


5. International Commerce Centre – 484 metres, 108 floors, 2010, Hong Kong, China.


6. Petronas Tower 1 – 452 metres, 88 floors, 1998, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

6. Petronas Tower 2 – 452 metres, 88 floors, 1998, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


8. Zifeng Tower (Nanjing Greenland Financial Complex) – 450 metres, 66 floors, 2010, Nanjing, China.


9. Willis Tower  – 442 metres, 108 floors, 1974, Chicago, United States of America.


10. KK 100 Tower – 442 metres, 100 floors, 2011, Shenzhen, China.


I have decided to mention the other 6 buildings that reach above 400 metres, but without any images.

11. Guangzhou International Finance Center – 439 metres, 103 floors, 2010, Guangzhou, China.

12. Trump International Hotel and Tower – 423 metres, 98 floors, 2009, Chicago, United States of America.

13. Jin Mao Tower – 421 metres, 88 floors, 1999, Shanghai, China.

14. Princess Tower – 413 metres, 101 floors, 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

15. Al Hamra Tower – 413 metres, 80 floors, 2011, Kuwait City, Kuwait.

16. Two International Finance Centre – 412 metres, 88 floors, 2003, Hong Kong, China.

There are huge number of skyscrapers under construction currently which many would top over 400 metres in height once completed. Some would definitely join into the proud top ten list too, and then I need to update again. By the way, as of current standing, it appears that Asia rules in world’s tallest list in continent category. In top ten list, the top two are in Arab nations, while one is in West, four in China alone and the other three in other parts of Asia. And I’m glad, the Petronas Twin Towers (in my country, and I have been seeing the beautiful twin towers everyday) still stay in the top 1o. But after five years, I’m sure the twin towers are out of top 10 definitely. The overwhelming Burj Khalifa still tops the list and is also the world’s tallest man made structure ever built. Makkah Royal Clock Hotel Tower is not in CTBUH’s list as the overall complex isn’t completed yet, but I include it into my list as the tower itself is already completed and open to the public.

(The information from the list is obtained and studied from Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats, CTBUH’s official website and list at , as well as from’s list at , while the images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)


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