When it comes to architecture, building taller has always been an obsession of mankind. From ancient times, men have told stories of mythical tall buildings like the Tower of Babel and others that did exist like the Etemenanki; constructions so tall that were said to reach the heavens.
Nowadays, our never ending search for building higher and higher continues with buildings being constructed every year reaching new heights and breaking all records of human ingenuity, the limits of engineering and the boundaries of architectural achievement.
Lotte World Tower
Seoul, Korea (1,823 feet)
This 123-floor massive skyscraper is currently the tallest building in South Korea. The building has a residential area, commercial areas, and movie theaters and is connected to the subway line as well. The building was topped out this year but the final touches are still being completed. It is said the building will be finished officially at the end of this year. Most of its façade is made of glass and metal, as is the case with the majority of modern buildings.
Ping An Finance Centre
Shenzhen, China (1,965 feet)
The American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates designed this 115-floor mega tall skyscraper and was commissioned by Ping An Insurance. The building will be completed this year and is already considered to be the 4th tallest skyscraper in the world.
Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower
Mecca, Saudi Arabia (1,971 feet)
This government-owned magnificent 120-floor clock tower is also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel. One of its main purposes is to house the large influx of visitors that come to the holy city on their pilgrimage. The hotel is located within walking distance of the Grand Mosque, another amazing work of architecture itself. The clock façade is also the largest in the entire world. In addition to the hotel, the building also has a 5-story shopping mall and a parking garage with a capacity of more than a thousand vehicles.
Shanghai, China (2,073 feet)
The Shanghai Tower is currently the second tallest building in the world and also the second to break the 2,000 mark. The building does have the highest observation deck in the world, surpassing that on Burj Khalifa by almost 6 meters. The tower has been called “vertical city” due to all the amenities and different environments you can find within the building. There are office areas, leisure halls, open floors and even indoor gardens in many places of the tower.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2,717 feet)
Almost 700 feet taller than its next competitor, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure ever built. Inside you can find the tallest nightclub as well as the tallest restaurant in the world. Adrian Smith, from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, designed Burj Khalifa, the same firm responsible for One World Trade Center. The building draws its inspiration from many concepts of Islamic Architecture and it is said to be modeled after the Hymenocallis desert flower.
These next buildings have not yet been built, but once they are completed, this ranking will change in a major way as three of them are supposed to be a lot taller than the current first place.
Khazar Islands, Azerbaijan (3458 feet)
The plans to build this tower show it to be 189-floors high. The building is meant to be the center portion of the Khazar Islands project, an unbelievable 41 artificial islands project over the Caspian Sea. The building is supposed to house close to a million residents, to have around 50 hospitals and more than 100 schools. The plans are to finish building the tower by 2019, but construction has been delayed longer than originally planned.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (3307 feet)
The Jeddah Tower is still under construction but once is completed it will become the world’s tallest building as well as the first building to surpass the one-kilometer-high limit. The creator and head of the project is Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, known for being the wealthiest man in the Middle East.
Subiya, Kuwait (3284 feet)
The name means “Silk City” in Arabic and the building is planned to be the centerpiece of a large urban area under construction in northern Kuwait. Construction will take around 25 years according to the plans and the city will have an airport, business centers, environmental areas, numerous tourist attractions and more.
H700 Shenzhen Tower
Shenzhen, China (2425 feet)
This 700-meter structure is still in the phase of conceptual design and was proposed by bKL Architecture, a Chicago firm. Concept art of the building shows a massive and beautiful structure that attempts to bring together the wonders of contemporary high-tech design and the beauty of natural harmony with the environment.
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