1. Burj Al Khalifa, 2717 ft (828 meters).
Completed in 2009 Burj Al Khalifa is the tallest building in the world designed to be the central part of a large multiple-use development including 30,000 homes, nine hotels, 19 residential towers and a 3 hectares parkland. The building has 154 floors, nine maintenance levels,46 spiral levels and 2 below ground parking levels. The conception of the building was based on the diversification of of UAE’s economy, decreasing its dependance of oil which is running out.
2. Shanghai Tower, 2073 ft(632 meters).
Designed by the American architectural firm Gisler, this 128 floors high tower is the tallest of a group of three towers situated in pudong, is the tallest chinese structure of any kind. Sustainability was a major factor during its construction and numerous green architecture elements were incorporated in its construction. This building used 25% less steel than other contemporary buildings of the same hight, saving almost US$58 million. Wind turbines capable of generating 350,000 kWh of electricity are installed near the top of the tower.
3. Abraj Al Bait Towers, 1971 ft (601 meters).
Just meters away from the most sacred place of Islam, the Masjid Al Haram, also known as Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, the Abraj Al Bait Towers is the third tallest building and the fourth tallest freestanding structure in the world. The central hotel building features the world’s tallest clock face. The towers have a five-story shopping mall, residential space, conference rooms and two helipads. One of the most distinctive feature is the crescent placed at the roof of the building constructed in Dubai by Premier Composite Technology.
4. Ping An Finance Centre, 1965 ft (599 meters)
A supertall skyscraper consisting of 115 floors is under construction in Guangdong province of China. Besides being the headquarte of Ping An Insurance, the building will also contain office spaces, retail spaces, conference areas, hotels and shopping malls. In March, 2015 construction of the building was stopped as allegations were made that unprocessed sea sand was used to make the concrete, which will corrode the steel but construction started once these allegations were proved wrong.
5. One World Trade Centre, 1766 ft (541.3 meters)
Dubbed as the freedom tower, One World Trade Centre will be the primary building of the new World Trade Centre Complex in lower Manhattan, New York. Architect David Childs is the designer of the building whose other works include Burj Khalifa and Willis Tower. It’s contemporary modern design consists of ninety four floors with an extra five underground floors, reserved mostly for commercial offices and communication. Like most of the modern buildings One World Trade Centre includes sustainable architectural features.
6. CTF Finance Centre, 1740 ft (530 meters).
Located in Guangzhou, China this building is still in its topping out phase and upon its completion it will be the sixth tallest building in the world by height. This building will host space for commercial offices, hotel, observatory and residential areas. The hotel will consist 251 guest rooms and 355 residences. The construction started in 2010 and is scheduled to finish in 2016.
7. Taipei 101, 1670 ft (509 meters).
From 2004 to 2010, Taipei 101 remained the tallest building of the world, and in 2011 it became the largest and tallest green building in the world as LEED platinum certification was awarded to the building. This building is located in the Xinyi district of Taipei, Taiwan. It has 101 floors and it was the first building to cross the half kilometer mark in height. Taipei 101 was designed to be well structured as well as flexible as it had to withstand earthquakes, tremors and typhoons. Due to this reason this building is considered one of the most stable buildings in history.
8. Shanghai World Financial Centre, 1614 ft (492 meters).
Located in Shanghai China and designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, The Shanghai World Financial Centre is the 8th tallest building in the world and the 4th tallest building in China. Its hundred and one floors includes office space, hotel, museum, observation, parking space and retail stores. Its neo-futurism architectural style a features a trapezoid aperture at the peak, which has given it the nickname “The Bottle Opener”.
9. International Commerce Centre, 1588 ft (484 meters).
Part of the Union Square project, the International Commerce Centre(ICC) is a 108 storey skyscraper situated in West Kowloon, Hong Kong at the top of Kowloon Station. The ninth tallest building in the world by height, the ICC is also the tallest building in Hong Kong. The major portion of the building is reserved for commercial offices, other than that it includes Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hong Kong and Sky100, an observatory at 1272.3 feet height.
10. Petronas Twin Towers , 1,483 ft (452 meters).
Locally known as Menara Berkembar Petronas,the towers remained the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004, and are still the tallest twin towers in the world. Mahathir Mohamad, the then Prime Minister of Malaysia commissioned the towers, and emphasised that its design should reflect islamic art. Its 88 floors were designed by architect Cesar Pelli, who based the design of the cross section of the towers on a Rub el Hizb, with circular sectors added to meet office space requirements.