These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,© Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH; © zjaaosldk, bajo licencia CC0; © Carsten Schael; © K11 / New World Development; © © Ferox Seneca, bajo licencia CC BY 3.0; imagen cortesía de SOM

Humanity has become obsessed with breaking its limits, creating new records only to break them again and again. In fact, our cities’ skylines have always been defined by those in power during every period in history. At one point churches left their mark, followed by public institutions and in the last few decades, it’s commercial skyscrapers that continue to stretch taller and taller. 

But when it comes to defining which buildings are the tallest it can get complicated. Do antennas and other gadgets on top of the building count as extra meters? What happens if the last floor is uninhabitable? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has developed their own system for classifying tall buildings, measuring from the “level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment.” Using this system more than 3,400 buildings have been categorized as over 150 meters tall.

25. Al Hamra Tower | 412.6 m | 1,354 ft | 80 floors

Location: Kuwait
Architects:Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Offices
Completed: 2011

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Al Hamra Tower. Image © Mohdalg [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 3.0

24. Princess Tower | 413.4 m | 1,356 ft | 101 floors

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architects: Eng. Adnan Saffarini
Use: Residential 
Completed: 2012

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Princess Tower. Image © Pieter van Marion [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

23. Jin Mao Tower | 420.5 m | 1,380 ft | 88 floors

Location: Shanghai, China
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 1999

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Jin Mao Tower. Image © Mätes II [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 3.0

22. Trump International Hotel & Tower | 423.2 m | 1,389 ft | 98 floors

Location: Chicago, United States
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Residential and Hotel
Completed: 2009

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Trump International Hotel & Tower. Image © Brian Woychuk [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

21. Marina 101 | 425 m | 1,394 ft | 101 floors

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architects: National Engineering Bureau
Use: Residencial and Hotel
Completed: 2017

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,© <a href="//www.flickr.com/people/10345599@N03">Francisco Anzola [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>. ImageMarina 101

20. 432 Park Avenue | 425.5 m | 1,397 ft | 85 floors

Location: New York
Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Use: Residential
Completed: 2015

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,432 Park Avenue. Image © Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH

19. Guangzhou International Finance Center | 438.6 m | 1,439 ft | 103 floors

Location: Guangzhou, China
Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 2010

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Guangzhou International Finance Center. Image © wyliepoon [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

18. KK100 | 441.8 m | 1,449 ft | 100 floors

Location: Shenzhen, China
Architects: TFP Farrells
Use: Hotel and Office
Completed: 2011

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,KK100 / TFP Farrells. Image © Carsten Schael

17. Willis Tower | 442.1 m | 1,451 ft | 108 floors

Location: Chicago, United States
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Offices
Completed: 1974

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Willis Tower (former Sears Tower). Image © TonyTheTiger [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0

16. Zifeng Tower | 450 m | 1,476 ft | 66 floors

Location: Nanjing, China
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Hotel and offices
Completed:
2010

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Zifeng Tower. Image © Tomchen1989 [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 2.0

14. Petronas Tower 2 | 451.9 m | 1,483 ft | 88 floors

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Architects: Cesar Pelli & Associates
Use: Offices
Completed: 1998

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Torres Petronas. Image © Hadi Zaher [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

13. Changsha IFS Tower T1 | 452.1 m | 1,483 ft | 94 floors

Location: Changsha, China
Architects: Wong Tung & Partners
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 2018

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Changsha IFS Tower T1. Image © Chonnakun Tabtong / Shutterstock

12. Vincom Landmark 81 | 461.3 m | 1,513 ft | 81 floors

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Architects: 
Atkins
Use: 
Hotel and Residential
Completed: 
2018

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Vincom Landmark 81. Image © ngoc tran / Shutterstock

11. International Commerce Centre | 484 m | 1,588 ft | 108 floors

Location: Hong Kong
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 2010

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,International Commerce Centre. Image © Isaac Torrontera [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

10. Shanghai World Financial Center | 492 m | 1,614 ft | 101 floors

Location: Shanghai, China
Architects:
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) + Mori Building + Irie Miyake Architects and Engineers
Use:
Hotel and Offices
Completed:
2008

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Shanghai World Financial Center . Image © Ferox Seneca [Wikipedia] under license CC BY 3.0

9. TAIPEI 101 | 508 m | 1,667 ft | 101 floors

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Architects: C.Y. Lee & Partners Architects/Planners
Use: Offices
Completed: 
2004

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,TAIPEI 101. Image © Chris [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

8. China Zun | 527.7 m | 1,731 ft | 109 floors

Location: Beijing, China
Architects: TFP Farrels + Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Use: Offices
Completed: 2018

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,China Zun. Image © bonandbon / Shutterstock

7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center | 530 m | 1,739 ft | 111 floors

Location: Guangzhou, China
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Use: Mixed
Completed: 2016

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image © K11 / New World Development

6. One World Trade Center | 541.3 m | 1,776 ft | 94 floors

Location: New York
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 2014

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,One World Trade Center. Image Cortesía de James Ewing

5. Lotte World Tower | 554.5 m | 1,819 ft | 123 floors

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 2017

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Lotte World Tower. Image © zjaaosldk, bajo licencia CC0

4. Ping An Finance Center | 599 m | 1,965 ft | 115 floors

Location: Shenzhen, China
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Use: Offices
Completed: 2017

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Ping An Finance Center. Image © Terri Meyer Boake [vía CTBUH]

3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower | 601 m | 1,972 ft | 120 floors

Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Architects: Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners + SL Rasch
Use: Mixed
Completed: 2012

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Makkah Royal Clock Tower. Image © Samira [Flickr] under license CC BY 2.0

2. Shanghai Tower | 632 m | 2,073 ft | 128 floors

Location: Shanghai, China
Architects: Gensler
Use: Hotel and Offices
Completed: 2015

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Shanghai Tower. Image © Gensler/Shen Zhonghai

1. Burj Khalifa | 828 m | 2,717 ft | 163 floors

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Use: Offices + Residential + Hotel
Completed: 2010

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings,Burj Khalifa, el edificio más alto del mundo. Image Cortesía de SOM

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