Sticking with our supersized theme for October we’ve decided to do an Instagram round up of 10 of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, those with vertigo might want to look away now…
United Arab Emirates, Dubai: Burj Khalifa
Height: 830 meters / 2,717 feet tall
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai takes the top spot as the tallest skyscraper in the world. It has 163 floors above the ground level and one floor below ground level. It’s for shopping, residential and commercial usage and every New Year in Dubai there is an amazing fireworks display that goes off from the Burj Kahlifa.
Shanghai, China: Shanghai Tower
Height: 632 meters / 2,073 feet
Located in China, the Shanghai Tower comes in second place as the tallest skyscraper in the world. The tower has 128 floors above ground level and 5 floors below ground level. The Shanghai Tower also has the world’s fastest elevator, which climbs the tower at a (nauseating) speed of 18 meters per second.
Makka, Saudi Arabia: Makkah Royal Clock Tower
Height: 601 meters / 1,971 feet
Big Ben on a much bigger scale! The Makkah Royal Clock Tower was built as accommodation for wealthy pilgrims making the Hajj. The clock has four faces, which are illuminated by two million LED lights and are so bright that they can be seen from 25 kilometers away.
Seoul, South Korea: Lotte World Tower
Height: 555 meters / 1,823 feet
Completed: October 2016
The planning and site preparation for the Lotte World Tower took 13 years to complete and work began in November 2010. The tower is home to a 7-star luxury hotel, as well as shops and offices. The top 10 stories are to be for public use, and will have facilities like an observation deck and rooftop café.
New York, USA: One World Trade Centre
Height: 541 meters / 1,776 feet
It’s the tallest building in New York, surpassing the height of the Empire State building. The building itself actually stops at around 1,300 feet but the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) chose to count the spire towards the building’s official height at 1776 feet, which is a nod to the birth year of the United States when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed.
Guangzhou, China: CTF Finance Centre
Height: 530 meters / 1,740 feet
The CFT Finance Centre was the second of two Guangzhou Twin Tower skyscrapers that overlook the Pearl River. The CFT Finance Centre is a mixed-use tower that is used as a conference center, hotel, observatory, mall and office building.
Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China: Taipei 101
Height: 509 meters / 1,670 feet
The Taipei 101 used to be the tallest building in the world from 2004 until 2007 but the Burj Khalifia in Dubai stole its title after it was built. The building gets its name from Taiwan’s capital Taipei and for the number of stories there are in the building. It won the Emporis Skycraper Award in 2004.
Shanghai, China: Shanghai World Financial Center
Height: 492 meters / 1,614 feet
The biggest bottle opener in the world! Ok, not really but due to its unique shape the Shanghai World Financial Center is referred to as the ‘bottle-opener’. The observation deck gift shop in the building has also made the most of this unique shape as they sell mini, functional bottle opener replicas of the tower for anyone who wants to bring home a souvenir of their visit.
West Kowloon, Hong Kong, Republic of China: International Commerce Centre
Height: 484 meters / 1,588 feet
The International Commerce Centre is the tallest building in Hong Kong. Originally it was going to be 574 meters but it had to be scaled back due to regulations in Hong Kong that forbids buildings to be taller than the surrounding mountains. The building has 108 floors above ground and 4 below ground and due to occurrence of tetra phobia in Hong Kong (the practice of avoiding the number 4) any floors that would have included the number four were excluded, so the building is marketed as a 118-story building.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Petronas Tower
Height: 452 meters / 1,483 feet
The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur used to have the title of the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 but have since slipped down the charts, however they do remain the tallest twin towers in the world. The towers feature a skybridge that join the two together on the 41st and 42nd floor, which is also the highest 2-story bridge in the world. The skybridge is not actually attached to the main structure (eek!) but instead designed to slide in and out of the two towers to prevent it from breaking, as the towers can sway several feet to and from each other during high winds.