12 Tallest Building in the World

What are the tallest buildings in the world? Now here’s what we know. These skyscrapers are the modern day ‘Towers of Babel’. Join us and see the most incredible architectural creations of man

Be advised that the list was not structured in order of height but all-encompassing the top 12 tallest buildings in the world.

Tallest Building in the World

12. Gherkin Building

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This skyscraper is situated in London’s main financial district. It was fully completed in 2003 and is 180 meters (591 ft.) tall, with 40 floors. The name of the build reflects the highly unorthodox layout and appearance of the building.

11. Bank of China Tower Building

The bank of China is indeed one of the tallest buildings in the whole of Hong Kong. It was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992 with a height of 305.0 meters(an outstanding 1,000.7 ft.).

Due to the buildings’ sharp edges and its negative symbolism by the numerous ‘X’ shapes in its original design, the building has been a subject to criticisms by some practitioners of Feng Shui.

10. Sears Tower Building

Chicago, UNITED STATES: The Chicago skyline featuring the Sears Tower is seen from one of several Marine helicopters participating in moving the party of US President George W. Bush to the shore of Lake Michigan 06 July 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. A US judge on 05 July 2006 denied bail to six Miami, Florida men charged with conspiracy to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago because he considered them a threat to the community. The men arrested here on June 22 pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges, and their lawyers have tried to set them free by arguing that the whole case was fabricated by the government, which inserted an informant into the group who posed as a member of Al-Qaeda. AFP PHOTO/TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sears Tower was once the tallest building in the world as at the time of its completion in 1973, surpassing the WTC towers in New York. The tower is located in the City of Chicago and stands at a height of 442 meters tall(1,450 ft.). The tower is a 108-story building and is one of the most famous tourist’s attractions in Chicago.

9. Shanghai World Financial Center Building

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The Shanghai World Financial Center is located in Pudong, Shanghai, China. The skyscraper is a mixed-use building consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls. The Skyscraper was topped out in 2007 to be at 492 meters high(1,614.2 ft.), becoming the tallest structure in all of Hong Kong, and China as a whole.


8. Taipei 101 Building

In 2007, the Tapei 101, standing at an incredible 508.0 meters(1,667 ft), was the tallest building in the world, before it was overtaken in height by Burj Dubai.

This incredible structure was designed and built to withstand the typhoon winds and earthquake tremors common in Taipei and Taiwan. Some of the features of the tower include a series of eight segments of eight floors each. The number ‘8’ in Chinese-speaking cultures is associated with abundance, prosperity and good fortune.

7. Chrysler Building Building

Located on the east of Manhattan, standing at 319 meters(1,047 ft), the Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City. It was once the tallest building in the world in 1931 before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building after 11 months. The building was constructed at a time in New York when the scramble for the tallest building was most intense. But, despite the frantic pace, no worker lost their lives during the construction of this skyscraper.

6. Burj Dubai Building

This magnificent structure of human capability will become the worlds tallest structure when it is complete by 2021 and will stand at an incredible 818 meters(3,281 ft). More can be read about this amazing structure here!

5. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel Building

The hotel is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and stands at an amazing 1,972 ft. The hotel was constructed to accommodate wealthy Muslim pilgrims making the Hajj. One factor that adds to the incredible height of this structure is its gigantic footprint-a broader base which supports for greater height.

4. Lotte World Tower Building

The Lotte World Tower became the first 100-story building in Korea. Located in Seoul, South Korea, the building is 1,819 ft. tall and has 123 floors. The steel building is curved inwards as it rises, and the glass used was meant to serve as a reminder to Korean ceramic history. The tower consists of a mix of retail offices, hotel, residence, and event space.

3. One World Trade Center Building

Completed in 2014, the spire of the One WTC stands at a height of exactly 1,776 ft with 104 stories and is the tallest building not only in New York City, but also the whole of the United States and the Western Hemisphere. The tower was named after the North Tower of the Original Trade Center. It was built in honor of the 9/11 terrorists attack as a functional building. The building is praised for its use of renewable energy such as rainwater.

2. Petronas Twin Towers Building

Before the Petronas Twin Towers were surpassed in 2004 by Taipei 101, they were the world’s tallest building. However, with an incredible 88 floors constructed with reinforced concrete, steel, and glass facade that were designed to look like motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion, the twin towers still remain the tallest twin buildings in the world.

1. Burj Al Arab Building

The Burj Al Arab is the second tallest building in the world with a height of 321 meters(1,050 ft.). But here’s one amazing fact of this skyscraper, it is used exclusively as a hotel. It is the worlds’ tallest hotel. The hotel stands at an artificial island and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It’s truly an amazing tower, designed to display Dubai’s incredible urban transformation. [Also Read:]


Here’s a quick recap of the 12 Tallest Building in the World:

  1. Burj Al Arab
  2. Petronas Twin Towers
  3. One World Trade Center
  4. Lotte World Tower
  5. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel
  6. Burj Dubai
  7. Chrysler Building
  8. Taipei 101
  9. Shanghai World Financial Center
  10. Sears Tower
  11. Bank of China Tower
  12. Gherkin

How many of these Buildings did you expect to appear on this list of the Tallest Building in the World? Leave a comment below.