The two cities that witness the birth of skyscrapers are Chicago and New York City in United States. That was over a hundred years ago after the introduction of steel framed construction and passenger elevator that enables buildings to be built much taller. Now in 2017, only one building in United States that is placed within the top 10 tallest buildings in the world currently. The other 9 are generally all located in Asia. Here below is the current top 10 tallest buildings in the world as of April 2017. The list only includes completed buildings and does not include television towers, observation towers, masts, antennas or buildings with very little percentage of habitable floors.
- Burj Khalifa, 828 metres, 163 floors, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (completed in 2010).
2. Shanghai Tower, 632 metres, 128 floors, Shanghai, China (completed in 2015).
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, 601 metres, 120 floors, Mecca, Saudi Arabia (completed in 2012).
4. Ping An Finance Center, 599 metres, 115 floors, Shenzhen, China (completed in 2017).
5. Lotte World Tower, 555 metres, 123 floors, Seoul, South Korea (completed in 2017).
6. One World Trade Center, 541 metres, 104 floors, New York City, United States (completed in 2014).
7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, 530 metres, 111 floors, Guangzhou, China (completed in 2016).
8. Taipei 101, 508 metres, 101 floors, Taipei, Taiwan (completed in 2004).
9. Shanghai World Financial Center, 492 metres, 101 floors, Shanghai, China (completed in 2008).
10. International Commerce Centre, 484 metres, 108 floors, Hong Kong, China (completed in 2010).
This list will change drastically from year to year due to rapid increase of construction of supertall skyscrapers in the world in recent decade. More and more new buildings are reaching further to the sky. Out of the current top 10 tallest buildings in the world, half of them are in China (this doesn’t even include Taipei 101 in Taiwan). 8 of them soar above 500 metres in height respectively too. Also noted is that every buildings in this top 10 tallest list has over 100 floors respectively. The tallest in the world, Burj Khalifa has been on the top of the list for over 7 years now. By 2020, it is expected to be defeated by Kingdom Tower, a skyscraper currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. That tower is projected to soar above 1000 metres (1 km!) when completed in 2020.
The oldest supertall in this list is Taipei 101 which is only 13 years old by now as it is built in 2004. More and more new buildings are joining the list with two newcomers this year; Ping An Finance Center and Lotte World Tower at No.4 and No.5 placing respectively. Former world’s tallest buildings and still the current world’s tallest twin buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers are kicked out of the top 10 list this year as they are now placed at No.11 (and 12) with height of 452 metres. Too bad…my home coutry’s famous twin towers are now out of the ranking. Anyway, in few years to come, Malaysia will have another new supertall; PNB 118 Tower that will certainly join this top 10 list with a height of over 600 metres.
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)