Have you ever looked at a building so tall that you are left wondering if it was built by men? The world’s tallest buildings may not be found anywhere around you but they are definitely reachable. This article showcases the top 5 tallest buildings in the world.
Do you know that among the tallest buildings in the world is actually a clock in Asia? These buildings that make our top 5 list are buildings that scrape the skies of the region that houses then with grandeur, opulence and pride. They are so towering and magnificent that taking a panoramic look at it, you would want to think they’ve forgotten they are buildings not humans. Here are the top 5 tallest buildings in the world at the moment.
5. TAIPEI 101, TAIWAN (509m / 1671 fr)
Taipei 101 ranks 5th in the world when it comes to tallest buildings. Although, CTF Finance Center has already broken Taipei 101’s record with the height of 1,739 ft, but it is still under construction so it cannot be added in the list. The building has been constructed to be strong enough to easily withstand the strong winds and earthquakes for Taipei.
It has been awarded as the tallest and largest green building in the whole world by LEED. It structure has a stacked pagoda look with 8 segments and each segment contains 8 floors.
Standing at 1,671 feet with its characteristic blue-green glass curtain walls, Taipei 101 is Taiwan’s modern icon: the skyscraper appears in international broadcasts and in countless travel brochures. A steel pendulum that is suspended from the 92nd to the 87th floor sways to offset the movements in the building created by strong gusts, serving as a tuned mass damper.
4. One World Trade Center, New York City, USA (541.33 m/1,776 ft)
After 9/11, a new World Trade Center was designed to become a statement, an emotional reaction, and the centerpiece of the New York skyline.
Some of its features include, life-safety systems, renewable energy system, better fireproofing, rainwater recycle system, interior daylight, pressurized stairs and recycled material for construction. Although, the actually building in 1300ft tall, but the spire is also considered in the height, leading to 1,776 ft total height.
One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the U.S.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia (601.00 m/1,971 ft)
Also known as Abraj Al Bait, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel is a government-owned building complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Binladin Group, Saudi Arabia’s largest construction company, built the complex
It was constructed for accommodating Muslims who come for performing Hajj (only the wealthy can afford it, though). The building has a big clock on the top with 141 x 141 ft dimensions, making it the biggest clock in the world. Furthermore, It’s broad base is said to be reason why it can stand so firmly even with such a height.
2. Shanghai Tower, China (632.11 m/2,073 ft)
Shanghai Tower is actually quite new and was actually completed on 6 September 2015. It was opened to the public November 2015. The building has a total 121 floors and it is designed to be a hotel mixed with office space.
The building is part of 3 tallest buildings in Shanghai with two others being Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Centre(the 6th tallest building in the world). It has total 320 hotel rooms and a huge parking space of 1,100.
1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (828 m/2,717 ft)
Burj Khalifa stands at the 1st position since 2009, being the tallest building in the world with 2,717 ft of height. The building consists of 162 floors, 30,000 residences along with 9 hotels and a huge shopping mall. The building is constructed to give Dubai international recognition and present it as a place for tourism, and not only an oil-based country.
It has a tripedal design with edges cut in a projecting shape to avoid wind turbulence, and it has a cladding system strong enough to survive Dubai’s hot temperature. There are total 57 elevators and 8 escalators, and the elevators are big enough to take in 12-14 people. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) are its designers, who are also responsible for the design of One World Trade Center.